Cash for grass cutting slashed in Crowland

CASH CUTS: Coun Reg Boot, Chairman of Crowland Parish Council's Farms and Gardens Committee.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  031008W186PID.
CASH CUTS: Coun Reg Boot, Chairman of Crowland Parish Council's Farms and Gardens Committee. Photo by Tim Wilson. 031008W186PID.
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Crowland’s grass cutting programme is to be reviewed after parish councillors learned that their payments to do it are to be slashed by 70 per cent.

The town will be on the receiving end of an £850,000 budget squeeze by Lincolnshire County Council which plans to stop funding grass cuts at road junctions and roundabouts after Friday, March 31.

With effect from April 1, the county council is to reduce the amount we get paid so that we’ll get 30 per cent of what we ordinarily got before

Coun Reg Boot, Chairman, Crowland Parish Council’s Farms and Gardens Committee

But the effect of a decision first announced in June 2016 will be felt more widely by Crowland Parish Council’s Farms and Gardens Committee which is to talk with its workers about the payment cut.

Committee chairman Coun Reg Boot said: “We have an agreement with the county council whereby we cut over 100,000 square metres of grass for them and we’ve been doing this for a few years.

“But with effect from April 1, the county council is to reduce the amount we get paid so that we’ll get 30 per cent of what we ordinarily got before.

“We haven’t actually confirmed whether we’ll accept this offer as we also cut grass for South Holland District Council and there appears to be no change in that agreement planned.”

The county council announced last June that its programme of seven cuts in built-up areas would end in three weeks’ time.

A county highways spokesman said: “In the past, the county council has provided seven grass cuts each year to limited areas of highway verges.

“A number of parish and town councils were paid to provide the service on our behalf but we no longer have the necessary funding to continue with this.

“The county council has now set a budget to provide two cuts to highway verges for safety reasons and where parish or town councils choose to provide the higher standard of service, the council will contribute a fixed amount.

“As the funding is based on two cuts, the local councils will receive less funding than they did previously.”

Coun Boot said: “Compared to what we used to get paid, and the job we expect to do this year, we’ll have to decide what to do.

“The grass has grown well over the last year or two, but our own workers want to cut it more to make it pleasing for our parishioners.”