Three-way cut a pain the grass, critics fume

Steve Patrick
Steve Patrick

GRASS cutting across the Vale could descend into chaos after three authorities decided to go their own way, politicians have been warned.

Aylesbury Vale District Council, Bucks County Council and the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust (VAHT) are set to take responsibility for cutting grass on their own land from next month.

They had previously had a combined contract for horticulture.

The decision was branded ‘nonsense’ this week, and a challenge is set to be heard at an AVDC meeting next week.

Councillor Steven Patrick, Liberal Democrat, who mounted the opposition, said: “We’ve called this in to see if we can get three heads together.

“From a public point of view, having three separate authorities cutting the grass and having three different teams doing it just seems to be nonsense.”

A report prepared ahead of the district council’s environment committee meeting next Wednesday states: “It is acknowledged that the change with VAHT and BCC undertaking their own work may cause some confusion.

“This council sought to continue to work with VAHT and BCC as part of a single contract.

“However, both organisations determined that they will not be party to the contract for their own reasons.”