Highways team’s grass cutting season starts

Craig Sandles strimming on one of the seven annual urban grass cutting rounds during a previous summer (photo submitted). SUS-150528-130923001
Craig Sandles strimming on one of the seven annual urban grass cutting rounds during a previous summer (photo submitted). SUS-150528-130923001
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West Sussex Highways will fire up the lawnmowers on Monday and cut the grass for the first time this year.

Despite it still being February, the grass cutting season for 2017 gets underway now.

West Sussex County Council operates two different rotas for grass cutting in West Sussex – urban and rural.

Urban:

In urban areas it makes seven cuts a year between March and November.

These are done by teams using lawnmowers and strimmers.

The only exceptions are locations where district and borough councils arrange cuts for the county council.

Rural:

In the countryside, or where there are no pavements, the county council make one overall cut per year.

Highways teams maintain rural verges so pedestrians can avoid walking in the road.

They make two one-metre wide cuts to stop grass and vegetation overhanging the road.

Cuts in rural areas are carried out by teams using a tractor.

Bob Lanzer, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Grass cutting is a major part of our highways maintenance operation and even though it’s still winter, our teams will be out making verges neat and safe.

“We cut the grass in urban areas an extra two times a year more than the national standard.

“Normally it takes about four to six weeks to cut all grass across the county, so please rest assured if we are not in your area cutting grass next week, we will be soon.”

West Sussex Highways does not collect grass cuttings as the cost involved would restrict the number of cuts they could carry out, and try to blow cuttings back on to the verge.

Some will cover or fall into drains but this is unlikely to block them.

Grass cutting in recreational areas such as parks and housing areas are carried out by district or borough councils, or housing authorities.

Highways England looks after verges on the A27, M23 and A23.

To get the latest news on where grass cutting teams are, follow @WSHighways on Twitter or view the schedule at www.westsussex.gov.uk/media/9260/urban_grass_schedule.pdf

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