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First Round of Grass Cuts in Hailsham Appreciated by Residents

Council News & Services, Environment

Photo of grass verge cuts in North Hailsham - March 2024 

Positive feedback has been received by Hailsham residents concerning the first grass verge cutting exercise of the year and, with the grass cutting season now under way, Hailsham Town Council is offering information to help residents understand the grounds maintenance process and its overall responsibilities for grass cutting throughout the town.

The contracting for the cutting of grass for most of the highway verges in Hailsham is from spring to mid autumn. The Town Council arranges grass cutting in areas of land owned by the Town Council including Hailsham Country Park, Western Road Recreation Ground, Maurice Thornton Playing Field, Hailsham Cemetery and the Common Pond.

It does not make arrangements for grass to be cut on privately owned estates such as Harmers Hay, on developments that have not been adopted by the District, County or Town Council, or on local authority housing estates such as Town Farm, which is the responsibility of Wealden District Council.

The first cut of the season took place on 25th March and more feedback has been received by local residents, adding to the comments of appreciation last year concerning grass verge cutting exercises, which were funded by the Town Council and carried out by its chosen contractors.

Cllr Mary Laxton, Chair of the Assets Management Committee said: “I’m pleased that town councillors agreed to fund cuts again this year and equally as pleased to hear the positive feedback from residents concerning most cuts last year and the initial cutting exercise of the year carried out last week, which were thorough and of considerably higher quality than before.”

“In taking the decision to undertake urban cutting via our provider of choice, we have much more control over standards and flexibility of cuts – weather permitting of course.”

“Additionally, we will be observing ‘No Mow May’ this year, to help enable flora to grow and subsequently feed the pollinators.”

Cllr Colin Mitchell, Vice-Chair of the Finance, Budget & Resources Committee commented: “Although environmental issues are of principal concern, the majority of urban grass cutting is actually carried out for highway safety reasons rather than aesthetic purposes. The new contractor has cut around self-seeded flowers and saplings, without compromising traffic safety.”

“Hailsham Town Council recognises the importance of maintaining a reasonable standard of grass cutting throughout the town and works with contractors in order to continually improve services and ensure value for money.”

Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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