Call to cut overgrown grass verges in Dunkeswell

Owen McCarron is calling for action to sort out the overgrowing grass verges in the village. Owen McCarron is calling for action to sort out the overgrowing grass verges in the village.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
1:00 PM

It is jungle out there – now a resident in Dunkeswell is calling for action to be taken to chop back the overgrown grass which has taken root in the village.

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Owen McCarron, who has lived in the village for nearly eight years, says the grass verge outside his home in Tower Way has not been cut at all this year and there are other areas in the village and surrounding areas which are also overgrown.

“I would like to see it kept tidy,” says Mr McCarron. He told the Herald that it has become a big safety concern for residents who say they cannot see around some of the banks.

He says he has even resorted to cutting the grass himself in the past added: “It grieves me that we are paying for something and we are not getting the service.

“It is being pushed to the public to look after the bits of grass.”

He said: “When we first got here we got six cuts which was brought down to four.

“We have had none this year. It needs looking at. How many are we going to get?

“The number of cuts a year has been cut down. We want what we are due.”

Devon County Council says grass cutting on urban and rural roadside verges is underway across the county.

The council, which funds four cuts a year on verges in towns and villages, added that the latest cut has been slightly delayed due to recent wet weather.

The work is undertaken by contractors, or district, parish and town councils, depending on local arrangements.

It says two or three programmed cuts are carried out a year on the rural priority network, which serves communities with more than 100 people.

On minor rural roads, a single cut of visibility areas is scheduled.

However, additional cutting of visibility areas such as junctions, lay-bys and the inside of bends is undertaken when needed.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for Highway Management, said: “Growth of vegetation on highway verges is controlled for safety and environmental reasons, but the pressures on budgets means that grass is not cut as frequently as it used to be.”

Priority is given to higher category roads. The remainder of routes on the priority network, which are on the primary and secondary salting network, will be cut between now and 17 June. This includes the A3052 Clyst St Mary to Lyme Regis.

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