Tax payers face grass cutting bill

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Cuts in county highway budgets for cutting grass verges could mean council tax payers at Pickering having to stand the annual bill of £10,350.

The news was given to the town council by the clerk, Andrew Husband who said that currently the council receives £7,920 from NYCC for cutting verges 12 times a year, and play areas 15 times annually.

A county highways spokesman said the authority would still deal with safety visibility issues especially at road junctions.

He said that since 2011 NYCC had made cuts of some £170m and more were planned, including the non-statutory cutting of verges where they were done for amenity, rather than safety, reasons.

“The authority intends to stop providing this service from its own resources from next April,” he said. “This means the authority will no longer cut urban grass areas in towns and villages, nor will it contribute to the cutting of urban grass in villages where the parish council organises cuttings.”

Mr Husband said Pickering Town Council would be making a decision on its action plan for grass cutting later in the year.

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