Apology for late grass cut

Mike Smith pictured in Manor Drive in June

Mike Smith pictured in Manor Drive in June

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The county council has apologised for starting its grass cutting programme late this year.

There have been several complaints about towering grass verges around Aylesbury and Lib Dem and town council leader Mike Smith said some areas including Wendover Road, Oxford Road and Haydon Hill had started to resemble ‘wild meadows’.

Speaking at the Aylesbury local forum, county council inspections team leader Simon Dudley explained that its contractors had struggled to begin its cutting due to the unprecedented wet weather.

He said: “This year was meant to be a bit of a transitional year and we got a contractor who probably thought, ‘This is an easy job’ and it turned out it wasn’t.

“For the last four or six weeks we have had a number meetings with them and over the last two weeks we are beginning to see an improvement over the cutting.

“Our apologies for the poor start.”

The council contracts grass cutting out to firms Salcey Forest Landscape and Robert North to cut the grass in urban areas within 30mph speed limits and rural areas above 30mph.