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Grass verges face 'cuts' in funding in Rossendale

Lancashire Telegraph: Alyson Barnes Alyson Barnes

GRASS verges in Rossendale could be left to grow if council bosses approve £100,000 worth of cuts to its ground budget.

Three staff in charge of grounds upkeep will be made redundant, and the position of a fourth, who is retiring, will not be replaced, making up the bulk of the cuts.

The workers’ patches, an area of approximately 180,000 square-metres, will no longer be maintained, under the proposals.

A report said grassed areas located along roadsides and within the housing estates could be left unmanaged.

However verges near ‘key gateways’ to the Valley, or those alongside ‘high profile’ routes will receive greater attention than others.

The main areas of the four council-owned cemeteries will be maintained to existing standards, though fringes and woodland edges will be managed in a more ‘natural’ style.

Popular churchyards’ maintenance will remain largely unchanged, whereas less well-visited ones will be left unmown.

Play area maintenance will remain unchanged, as will allotments, however ‘kickabout’ grass areas could be left unkempt.

Camden Blomerley the, secretary of Rossendale Civic Pride, said: “Our volunteers’ litter-picking and groundswork will not make up what proposals say might be cut by the council.

“But given the huge amount of cuts the council are having to make, I can’t see what other option they have. Grounds maintenance is an obvious option, rather than hitting more vital services.”

Council Leader Alyson Barnes said the plans are flexible, according to need and the council is working with community groups to explore other options in grounds maintenance.

She said: “Everybody we have been speaking to appreciates how much of a challenge the cuts are posing for councils.

”We’re working with the community and making the best of a bad situation.”

The council will consider making between £500,000 and £600,000 cuts to its budget at a Cabinet meeting tomorrow.

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5:16pm Tue 11 Feb 14

GAC says...

fire the chief exec and save £140k a year. simple enough.
fire the chief exec and save £140k a year. simple enough. GAC
  • Score: 6

7:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

JB40 says...

Was going to suggest weighing in the metal sculptures on the wAy up go Bacup. They can't be seen now for long overgrown grass but if more attention is to be given to high profile routes like the article suggests they may actually get seen now!! Just wonder why high profile routes been overlooked previously but cutting staff makes them now a priority!! I give up wondering what next in this valley !!
Was going to suggest weighing in the metal sculptures on the wAy up go Bacup. They can't be seen now for long overgrown grass but if more attention is to be given to high profile routes like the article suggests they may actually get seen now!! Just wonder why high profile routes been overlooked previously but cutting staff makes them now a priority!! I give up wondering what next in this valley !! JB40
  • Score: 3

12:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GAC says...

yet again councilors sounding off about things they havent gotten a clue about, they cut back on grass cutting last year and the year before.

id say whitworth and shawforth is 50% down from what it was a couple of years ago and looks a mess now god only knows what it will look like after the next round of cuts.

like laying off 3 full time members of staff on the bins and then telling them to go to the agency because "there will be work" well played you inept fools.
yet again councilors sounding off about things they havent gotten a clue about, they cut back on grass cutting last year and the year before. id say whitworth and shawforth is 50% down from what it was a couple of years ago and looks a mess now god only knows what it will look like after the next round of cuts. like laying off 3 full time members of staff on the bins and then telling them to go to the agency because "there will be work" well played you inept fools. GAC
  • Score: 0

7:50am Sat 15 Feb 14

Loving lances says...

JB40 wrote:
Was going to suggest weighing in the metal sculptures on the wAy up go Bacup. They can't be seen now for long overgrown grass but if more attention is to be given to high profile routes like the article suggests they may actually get seen now!! Just wonder why high profile routes been overlooked previously but cutting staff makes them now a priority!! I give up wondering what next in this valley !!
The moronic metal sculptures were installed 10 years by the pompous, looney clowns behind the local consortium. Bacup people hated the monstrosities. Best to let them be covered over in long grass.
[quote][p][bold]JB40[/bold] wrote: Was going to suggest weighing in the metal sculptures on the wAy up go Bacup. They can't be seen now for long overgrown grass but if more attention is to be given to high profile routes like the article suggests they may actually get seen now!! Just wonder why high profile routes been overlooked previously but cutting staff makes them now a priority!! I give up wondering what next in this valley !![/p][/quote]The moronic metal sculptures were installed 10 years by the pompous, looney clowns behind the local consortium. Bacup people hated the monstrosities. Best to let them be covered over in long grass. Loving lances
  • Score: 1

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