Update on grass mowing around the village

Update on grass mowing around the village

While everybody is on lockdown at home, apart from key workers and those who must go to work, we have received a number of complaints in recent weeks about grass mowing. Grass mowing is always a contentious issue and doesn't get any easier during the current lockdown.

The difficulty with mowing is that it's carried out by so many different organisations throughout the village:
- EMH - Memorial garden opposite St James Church and Quarry View Close
- Jelson - Peers Way/Preston Way open space (which will transfer to the parish council when legal paperwork is completed) and the drainage pond (which we believe will be transferred to the County Council)
- Hello Homes - Spence Lane (including the drainage ponds)
- Blaby DC - Brook House Gardens
- County Council - The Green, verges in front of houses and 1m swathe of all roads, plus junction visibility splays
- Everyone Active (Huncote Leisure Centre) - Field around the Leisure Centre and BMX track (these currently use same mowing contractor as we do)
- Aggregate Industries - Nature Walk around Croft Quarry and Croft Hill
- Suez - Large verge near hanging stone on Narborough Road and the quarry
- St James church - Area around the church
- Severn Trent Water - Area around the pumping station
- Various farmers - fields around the village
- Huncote Parish Council - Denman Lane/Critchlow Road recreation ground, sports field and cemetery.

Despite public belief, The Green doesn't actually belong to the parish council, it belongs to the county council. They will be mowing it when next in the village. They haven't yet done an urban cut in Huncote, so should be around soon. Their website currently says they can't give a timescale when work will be done - https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/road-maintenance/grass-cutting.

Unfortunately, we haven't had permission from the county council to mow their grass, so can't do anything about cutting it. The parish council are looking at trying to improve the mowing situation around the village, but as we're sure you will understand, with so many different groups involved it does take time to get people together and get the necessary permissions and will cost the council more, meaning it could have an impact on the precept residents pay as part of their council tax.

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020 15:29 by Clerk to the Council

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