Statement about grass cutting in Peterborough

Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for waste and street scene, said: “We are aware that residents have raised concerns about the length of grass in certain locations and as a result we will be reviewing whether the number of cuts we currently provide is sufficient.

“Many areas of the city are now cut less frequently as agreed by councillors as part of the 2015/16 budget. Where there are open spaces we try to ensure there is sufficient space for recreation and these areas receive eight cuts a year. Many other areas now receive three cuts a year. This saved the council £24,000 per year.

“The only exception are the seven biodiversity areas that were established in the city in 2014 and are only cut once at the end of the season.

"Regarding Fletton recreation ground, the grass within the fenced area used by the public is cut eight times a year. A strip of grass on the edge of the recreation ground near to the road, which is on the three cut system, is due to be cut next week.

"The main play area at New England recreation ground is on the eight cut system, however the remaining area receives three cuts a year. The grass at the recreation ground will be cut this week.” 

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