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Who is Responsible for Grass Cutting in Hailsham?

Council News & Services, Environment

Photo of Hailsham Ground Works Staff member cutting grass 

Halfway into this year’s grass cutting season, Hailsham Town Council is offering information to help residents to understand the grounds maintenance process and its overall responsibilities for grass cutting throughout the town.

The contracting for the cutting of grass by East Sussex County Council for most of the highway verges in Hailsham, is from April to November. Town councillors agreed at a meeting of Full Council held in December 2020 to fund an additional four cuts to be carried out by the County Council, totalling six cuts (two standard and four extra) over the course of the current year.

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.

Deputy Town Clerk Mickey Caira said, “The Town Council currently shares payment costs for grass cutting services on public highways and footpaths with the County Council.”

“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.”

“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.”

Residents in Hailsham who have any enquiries regarding the responsibility or standard of grass cutting on roadside verges, parks and public open spaces should contact East Sussex County Council (Highways) on 0345 60 80 193.

Enquiries relating to this media release

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