Budget for cutting grass in Herefordshire is trimmed

Hereford Times: An overgrown grass verge on Winston Road in Putson, Hereford. An overgrown grass verge on Winston Road in Putson, Hereford.

OVERGROWN grass and untidy verges are not going to help bring people into Hereford, a city sales adviser has warned.

Herefordshire Council is slashing its grass-cutting service around the county.

The change will see the mowers out on many sites only three times a year when they were previously trimmed on seven occasions. The local authority says the cuts will save £1.25m per year.

Allan Hooper, a sales adviser with Euro Heat in Bishop’s Frome, is concerned the changes could put people off coming to the city.

He said: “I was walking my dog around the College Road area and in some places the grass is already eight to 10 inches high. It was long enough to be noticeable and it can actually be quite hard to walk on.

“If you like walking in the wilderness it’s great, but really it just looks untidy.

We are trying to bring more people into Hereford and have just opened the Old Market development, which looks really smart, but if no one is mowing the grass then it will just look a mess.

“I understand that money has to be saved but it will probably end up costing more money to cut it all when the grass is long.”

Cllr Philip Price, the cabinet member for infrastructure, said despite the cuts and the £33m that needs to be saved overall, the council will continue to make sure the highways remain safe.

He said: “We’ve had to tailor the resource levels to meet the budget but we will continue to keep the highway safe by cutting the visibility splays, carrying out weed spraying and maintaining the trees.

“We have improved the efficiency of the remaining resources through better deployment and scheduling, and by setting clear, productive targets.”

Despite this we need to reduce all grass cutting frequencies from the current seven times a year to three times a year, although rural verge cutting will remain the same. We will also look to develop community grass-cutting schemes.

“On the positive side, we will see the largest single investment into Herefordshire’s highways network for many years.

“The capital budget for 2014/15 has been increased from £10.4m to £34.26m and this extra money will be used to improve the overall standard of the network through a programme of drainage and re-surfacing works.

“This will make a significant difference to the county’s roads.”

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10:51am Thu 15 May 14

megilleland says...

"We will also look to develop community grass-cutting schemes".

Funny how H&S caught out people in the past and the council threatened them with prosecution for cutting council verges. Now they want to save a few pounds, they want all of us to cut it regardless of personal risk. Now we have no chimneys, maybe the Conservatives can send children out to do the job.
"We will also look to develop community grass-cutting schemes". Funny how H&S caught out people in the past and the council threatened them with prosecution for cutting council verges. Now they want to save a few pounds, they want all of us to cut it regardless of personal risk. Now we have no chimneys, maybe the Conservatives can send children out to do the job. megilleland
  • Score: 23

10:56am Thu 15 May 14

oldergit says...

I read in a paper the other day that a couple were prosecuted for planting flowers on the grass verge outside their home, and there have been previous cases of residents cutting the grass outside their houses. As the land is deemed to be council property they were prosecuted for wilful damage to council property. The answer is 'don't do it!' On the other hand it may be worth a try. DIY.
I read in a paper the other day that a couple were prosecuted for planting flowers on the grass verge outside their home, and there have been previous cases of residents cutting the grass outside their houses. As the land is deemed to be council property they were prosecuted for wilful damage to council property. The answer is 'don't do it!' On the other hand it may be worth a try. DIY. oldergit
  • Score: 11

12:04pm Thu 15 May 14

trappynlippy says...

SO, no money to cut grass verges but plenty of money to do pavement, kerb stones etc outside new council building on Holme Lacy Road, just a coincidence or what. I suppose the answer will be that it needed repairing, but guess what, it's been like that for at least the last few years. Do we all start getting a reduction in our council tax for services not provided, I think not.
SO, no money to cut grass verges but plenty of money to do pavement, kerb stones etc outside new council building on Holme Lacy Road, just a coincidence or what. I suppose the answer will be that it needed repairing, but guess what, it's been like that for at least the last few years. Do we all start getting a reduction in our council tax for services not provided, I think not. trappynlippy
  • Score: 15

12:35pm Thu 15 May 14

drjazz says...

If residents start cutting the verges, roundabouts etc they should invoice the council for their time, petrol/electricity. Might be a good little earner?
If residents start cutting the verges, roundabouts etc they should invoice the council for their time, petrol/electricity. Might be a good little earner? drjazz
  • Score: 14

1:18pm Thu 15 May 14

B the B says...

Its a terrible sight and these pictures are not as bad as some of the areas in town I've seen. What must people think when they come into Hereford? It looks like a dump and this will not give anyone any pride in the City.
Its funny but Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act enables the council to take action against overgrown gardens etc. One rule for one eh.
Its a terrible sight and these pictures are not as bad as some of the areas in town I've seen. What must people think when they come into Hereford? It looks like a dump and this will not give anyone any pride in the City. Its funny but Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act enables the council to take action against overgrown gardens etc. One rule for one eh. B the B
  • Score: 17

2:03pm Thu 15 May 14

hfdrover says...

They keep trotting out this 'from seven cuts to three' line, it's never been seven cuts, it's always been fourteen up until this year, so we're losing eleven. The grass cutting team has been cut from around 16 men (including seasonal staff and contractors) down to 2, so little surprise that nothing is being done. Also the kit they use will not be able to cope with the length of the grass before long. Keep your fingers crossed that you get your 3 cuts, you'll be lucky to get one!
They keep trotting out this 'from seven cuts to three' line, it's never been seven cuts, it's always been fourteen up until this year, so we're losing eleven. The grass cutting team has been cut from around 16 men (including seasonal staff and contractors) down to 2, so little surprise that nothing is being done. Also the kit they use will not be able to cope with the length of the grass before long. Keep your fingers crossed that you get your 3 cuts, you'll be lucky to get one! hfdrover
  • Score: 24

3:20pm Thu 15 May 14

grandoldlady says...

Just three cuts a year and they can't even be bothered to do those properly. Two men with cutting machines were on the College Estate this week cutting the VERY overgrown roundabouts and the long central grass area on College Green. What a mess it's been left in! No strimming around the trees or bollards, no clearing up the very long grass and weed cuttings, and no cleaning up the roads and paths after cutting. Absolutely shameful! Probably not the mens fault if they have so much to catch up on and only two of them but come on HCC, have some pride in our city. I don't know who's responsible for the Tesco roundabout near Debenhams but that's an awful sight for visitors or locals for that matter when approaching the town. What a terrible impression it must give just when we're hoping for an upturn with the Old Market Development. Surely there must be somebody on the council with some sense who can see how bad this looks. Perhaps that's too much to hope for?????
Just three cuts a year and they can't even be bothered to do those properly. Two men with cutting machines were on the College Estate this week cutting the VERY overgrown roundabouts and the long central grass area on College Green. What a mess it's been left in! No strimming around the trees or bollards, no clearing up the very long grass and weed cuttings, and no cleaning up the roads and paths after cutting. Absolutely shameful! Probably not the mens fault if they have so much to catch up on and only two of them but come on HCC, have some pride in our city. I don't know who's responsible for the Tesco roundabout near Debenhams but that's an awful sight for visitors or locals for that matter when approaching the town. What a terrible impression it must give just when we're hoping for an upturn with the Old Market Development. Surely there must be somebody on the council with some sense who can see how bad this looks. Perhaps that's too much to hope for????? grandoldlady
  • Score: 23

4:14pm Thu 15 May 14

dplcv37 says...

Good old Hereford Council!
Do they not see that by leaving it to grow they are only making the job twice as hard when they do get round to doing it!!
Makes the city look a real s**t hole!
But never mind its not as if we are trying to attract outsiders into the town at the moment to come and spend money here.
I see they are spending lots of money on the new offices down plough lane though, as long as the council workers get to work in lavish surroundings its up yours to the rest of us! And theyve got the bare faced cheek to increase our council tax! Be interesting to see how much the refurbishment of their plough lane offices has cost us tax payers? 3.3M i expect!!
Good old Hereford Council! Do they not see that by leaving it to grow they are only making the job twice as hard when they do get round to doing it!! Makes the city look a real s**t hole! But never mind its not as if we are trying to attract outsiders into the town at the moment to come and spend money here. I see they are spending lots of money on the new offices down plough lane though, as long as the council workers get to work in lavish surroundings its up yours to the rest of us! And theyve got the bare faced cheek to increase our council tax! Be interesting to see how much the refurbishment of their plough lane offices has cost us tax payers? 3.3M i expect!! dplcv37
  • Score: 18

5:05pm Thu 15 May 14

trekin says...

I have to agree with other posts. When the grass is cut the job done is appallingly, just had the area Ledbury Rd/Meadowban Rd done and it looks like a bad haircut, no strimming. Central Rd area not done and looks like a jungle with some weeds over 2 feet high. Hereford looks like a town in decline !!!
I have to agree with other posts. When the grass is cut the job done is appallingly, just had the area Ledbury Rd/Meadowban Rd done and it looks like a bad haircut, no strimming. Central Rd area not done and looks like a jungle with some weeds over 2 feet high. Hereford looks like a town in decline !!! trekin
  • Score: 15

5:17pm Thu 15 May 14

flamboyant says...

Looks like Wiltshire Counciil had a similar problem under Balfour Beatty

http://www.thisiswil
tshire.co.uk/news/10
536907.Wiltshire_cou
ncillors_reject_laun
ching_investigation_
into___25m_highways_
contract_teething_pr
oblems/?ref=ms
Looks like Wiltshire Counciil had a similar problem under Balfour Beatty http://www.thisiswil tshire.co.uk/news/10 536907.Wiltshire_cou ncillors_reject_laun ching_investigation_ into___25m_highways_ contract_teething_pr oblems/?ref=ms flamboyant
  • Score: 5

5:20pm Thu 15 May 14

littlewhitebull says...

Perhaps that famous African tribe who only attain a height of four feet and live in grass that is five feet tall will be attracted to Hereford.
I think they were called the Heckari tribe, as they spend all day going round saying: "Where the heck are we?"
Perhaps that famous African tribe who only attain a height of four feet and live in grass that is five feet tall will be attracted to Hereford. I think they were called the Heckari tribe, as they spend all day going round saying: "Where the heck are we?" littlewhitebull
  • Score: 4

5:22pm Thu 15 May 14

flamboyant says...

Here's a more up to date link

http://www.wiltshire
times.co.uk/news/112
06895._/?
Here's a more up to date link http://www.wiltshire times.co.uk/news/112 06895._/? flamboyant
  • Score: 4

5:28pm Thu 15 May 14

flamboyant says...

Megilleland here's a link to a chap in trouble for mowing the grass it's encroachment!
http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/uknews/3
209267/Pensioner-ord
ered-to-stop-mowing-
grass-because-its-to
o-tidy.html
Megilleland here's a link to a chap in trouble for mowing the grass it's encroachment! http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/uknews/3 209267/Pensioner-ord ered-to-stop-mowing- grass-because-its-to o-tidy.html flamboyant
  • Score: 4

7:33pm Thu 15 May 14

Hereford person says...

Years ago some of us will remember when the council looked after all items like grass cutting and did a good job. Since then we are on our third private company and the standard has now reached rock bottom. BB were given the contract by our wonderfull Cabinet although their record with some authority's was dubious.
Most of the council voted for a council tax rise, it could have been nil and what we get is more cuts and poor repairs.
Years ago some of us will remember when the council looked after all items like grass cutting and did a good job. Since then we are on our third private company and the standard has now reached rock bottom. BB were given the contract by our wonderfull Cabinet although their record with some authority's was dubious. Most of the council voted for a council tax rise, it could have been nil and what we get is more cuts and poor repairs. Hereford person
  • Score: 14

8:58pm Thu 15 May 14

Wattsy.no1 says...

When do the council and Balfour Beatty ever do anything properly, at least the council have opened a new late night public toilet, it,s called "The Old Market".
When do the council and Balfour Beatty ever do anything properly, at least the council have opened a new late night public toilet, it,s called "The Old Market". Wattsy.no1
  • Score: -6

9:04pm Thu 15 May 14

jarvis 2 says...

who at the council sign the contract with Balfour bettie and then when it was to late actualy found it was the wrong one, and what the council said they were suppose to be getting was incorrect, infact balfour beetie are having to do less and less as time goes on a demininshing resposabilty contract
who at the council sign the contract with Balfour bettie and then when it was to late actualy found it was the wrong one, and what the council said they were suppose to be getting was incorrect, infact balfour beetie are having to do less and less as time goes on a demininshing resposabilty contract jarvis 2
  • Score: 5

9:05pm Thu 15 May 14

jarvis 2 says...

On the positive side, we will see the largest single investment into Herefordshire’s highways network for many years.

“The capital budget for 2014/15 has been increased from £10.4m to £34.26m and this extra money will be used to improve the overall standard of the network through a programme of drainage and re-surfacing works.

“This will make a significant difference to the county’s roads

and on that note when where and who ohh 34m for BB share holders
On the positive side, we will see the largest single investment into Herefordshire’s highways network for many years. “The capital budget for 2014/15 has been increased from £10.4m to £34.26m and this extra money will be used to improve the overall standard of the network through a programme of drainage and re-surfacing works. “This will make a significant difference to the county’s roads and on that note when where and who ohh 34m for BB share holders jarvis 2
  • Score: -1

9:09pm Thu 15 May 14

WYSIATI says...

Time for the businesses to step forward and sponsor some verge cutting - aren't there a lot of busy new outfits in the Old Market - keen to get new customers, enjoying all the investment made by the local tax payers - a small, and very visible return to the people of Hereford to get the grass cut.

As ever what the Govt wants you to miss is that the Govt have cut funding to the council severely - about 2/3 of the money the council gets comes from Govt not from council tax - they cut that but the council gets the blame - very smart.
Time for the businesses to step forward and sponsor some verge cutting - aren't there a lot of busy new outfits in the Old Market - keen to get new customers, enjoying all the investment made by the local tax payers - a small, and very visible return to the people of Hereford to get the grass cut. As ever what the Govt wants you to miss is that the Govt have cut funding to the council severely - about 2/3 of the money the council gets comes from Govt not from council tax - they cut that but the council gets the blame - very smart. WYSIATI
  • Score: 7

9:14pm Thu 15 May 14

probono says...

Stop moaning and get your mowers out
Stop moaning and get your mowers out probono
  • Score: -11

9:47pm Thu 15 May 14

dippyhippy says...

Believe me, Probono, I would - but there's no way my extension lead would extend to the length of Whitecross Road!!
Believe me, Probono, I would - but there's no way my extension lead would extend to the length of Whitecross Road!! dippyhippy
  • Score: 27

9:53pm Thu 15 May 14

Holmerowan says...

I have done this job as a seasonal and it ain't easy. In fact it was hard to do the cutting round in the time allowed and we were a 4 man team, so how these munchkins running the show think it can be done with less workers beggars belief.
Also there is the problem of litter
When i worked on the job we would walk over the area to be cut picking up the litter before cutting and strimming. Well thats not going to happen with less workers all they will do is put a big mower over the grass which will cut each piece of litter into loads of smaller bits making a complete eyesore. But the grass will have been cut.
Do any of these Cabinet Council Members have any pride in this City
I think we all know the answer to that question. NO
I have done this job as a seasonal and it ain't easy. In fact it was hard to do the cutting round in the time allowed and we were a 4 man team, so how these munchkins running the show think it can be done with less workers beggars belief. Also there is the problem of litter When i worked on the job we would walk over the area to be cut picking up the litter before cutting and strimming. Well thats not going to happen with less workers all they will do is put a big mower over the grass which will cut each piece of litter into loads of smaller bits making a complete eyesore. But the grass will have been cut. Do any of these Cabinet Council Members have any pride in this City I think we all know the answer to that question. NO Holmerowan
  • Score: 22

11:16pm Thu 15 May 14

CJM1957 says...

It's wonderful to have lots of small meadows all over the city!
It's wonderful to have lots of small meadows all over the city! CJM1957
  • Score: -2

11:40pm Thu 15 May 14

dodger3 says...

Over grown grass verges are looking horrendous throughout the City, but some people have no pride. If I had an eye sore like that outside my house, I would deal with, and my neighbour's. I,m not saying everyone can or are able to do this, but in I do get browned off with this 'its the Councils job' and lack of get off your butt and do something.
Over grown grass verges are looking horrendous throughout the City, but some people have no pride. If I had an eye sore like that outside my house, I would deal with, and my neighbour's. I,m not saying everyone can or are able to do this, but in I do get browned off with this 'its the Councils job' and lack of get off your butt and do something. dodger3
  • Score: -2

2:47am Fri 16 May 14

GertrudeBeach says...

We need to get all the young dole scrounges working. There are far too many. Have them cut the grass for there dole money.
We need to get all the young dole scrounges working. There are far too many. Have them cut the grass for there dole money. GertrudeBeach
  • Score: 4

5:42am Fri 16 May 14

B the B says...

WYSIATI wrote:
Time for the businesses to step forward and sponsor some verge cutting - aren't there a lot of busy new outfits in the Old Market - keen to get new customers, enjoying all the investment made by the local tax payers - a small, and very visible return to the people of Hereford to get the grass cut.

As ever what the Govt wants you to miss is that the Govt have cut funding to the council severely - about 2/3 of the money the council gets comes from Govt not from council tax - they cut that but the council gets the blame - very smart.
Totally agree WYSIATI, we all blame the councillors, and rightly so to a certain extent, but the biggest rouges here are in fact the Government. They seem to be getting away with it, we are all blaming Local Authorities and them lot must rubbing their hands and saying " I think we got away with that". Well wait till you come knocking on my door !
[quote][p][bold]WYSIATI[/bold] wrote: Time for the businesses to step forward and sponsor some verge cutting - aren't there a lot of busy new outfits in the Old Market - keen to get new customers, enjoying all the investment made by the local tax payers - a small, and very visible return to the people of Hereford to get the grass cut. As ever what the Govt wants you to miss is that the Govt have cut funding to the council severely - about 2/3 of the money the council gets comes from Govt not from council tax - they cut that but the council gets the blame - very smart.[/p][/quote]Totally agree WYSIATI, we all blame the councillors, and rightly so to a certain extent, but the biggest rouges here are in fact the Government. They seem to be getting away with it, we are all blaming Local Authorities and them lot must rubbing their hands and saying " I think we got away with that". Well wait till you come knocking on my door ! B the B
  • Score: 5

9:11am Fri 16 May 14

drjazz says...

GertrudeBeach wrote:
We need to get all the young dole scrounges working. There are far too many. Have them cut the grass for there dole money.
I think you've missed the point Gertrude.

The reason this has happened is because jobs have been cut - albeit in a sneaky, backdoor kind of way - putting people on the dole. If you think people should work for unemployment benefit then they are no longer unemployed.
[quote][p][bold]GertrudeBeach[/bold] wrote: We need to get all the young dole scrounges working. There are far too many. Have them cut the grass for there dole money.[/p][/quote]I think you've missed the point Gertrude. The reason this has happened is because jobs have been cut - albeit in a sneaky, backdoor kind of way - putting people on the dole. If you think people should work for unemployment benefit then they are no longer unemployed. drjazz
  • Score: 9

10:46am Fri 16 May 14

grandoldlady says...

grandoldlady wrote:
Just three cuts a year and they can't even be bothered to do those properly. Two men with cutting machines were on the College Estate this week cutting the VERY overgrown roundabouts and the long central grass area on College Green. What a mess it's been left in! No strimming around the trees or bollards, no clearing up the very long grass and weed cuttings, and no cleaning up the roads and paths after cutting. Absolutely shameful! Probably not the mens fault if they have so much to catch up on and only two of them but come on HCC, have some pride in our city. I don't know who's responsible for the Tesco roundabout near Debenhams but that's an awful sight for visitors or locals for that matter when approaching the town. What a terrible impression it must give just when we're hoping for an upturn with the Old Market Development. Surely there must be somebody on the council with some sense who can see how bad this looks. Perhaps that's too much to hope for?????
UPDATE to to my above comment. At 7.30am today, three days after the above area's were cut, a chap came with a strimmer and a grass blower. Yippee, I thought! Then I watched him throw some rubbish e.g. large paper drinks container, a plastic carrier bag and other small items onto the road around one of the roundabouts while he strimmed. He then proceeded to use the blower to blow the grass AND the rubbish back onto to roundabout. Oh well, that's standards for you. A little while later a passer by picked up the rubbish on his way to the shop and put it in the bin. There will always be bit's of rubbish floating around accidentally but on the whole we see people, children and adults just dropping litter without a care in the world. It shouldn't be up to council workers or passers by to pick up other people's litter. Put in in your pocket or bag and take it home or put it in nearest bin. That's what we were taught as children. Sorry, that's another moan and groan over and probably seems petty to some people when there are so many other things far worse going on in the world.
[quote][p][bold]grandoldlady[/bold] wrote: Just three cuts a year and they can't even be bothered to do those properly. Two men with cutting machines were on the College Estate this week cutting the VERY overgrown roundabouts and the long central grass area on College Green. What a mess it's been left in! No strimming around the trees or bollards, no clearing up the very long grass and weed cuttings, and no cleaning up the roads and paths after cutting. Absolutely shameful! Probably not the mens fault if they have so much to catch up on and only two of them but come on HCC, have some pride in our city. I don't know who's responsible for the Tesco roundabout near Debenhams but that's an awful sight for visitors or locals for that matter when approaching the town. What a terrible impression it must give just when we're hoping for an upturn with the Old Market Development. Surely there must be somebody on the council with some sense who can see how bad this looks. Perhaps that's too much to hope for?????[/p][/quote]UPDATE to to my above comment. At 7.30am today, three days after the above area's were cut, a chap came with a strimmer and a grass blower. Yippee, I thought! Then I watched him throw some rubbish e.g. large paper drinks container, a plastic carrier bag and other small items onto the road around one of the roundabouts while he strimmed. He then proceeded to use the blower to blow the grass AND the rubbish back onto to roundabout. Oh well, that's standards for you. A little while later a passer by picked up the rubbish on his way to the shop and put it in the bin. There will always be bit's of rubbish floating around accidentally but on the whole we see people, children and adults just dropping litter without a care in the world. It shouldn't be up to council workers or passers by to pick up other people's litter. Put in in your pocket or bag and take it home or put it in nearest bin. That's what we were taught as children. Sorry, that's another moan and groan over and probably seems petty to some people when there are so many other things far worse going on in the world. grandoldlady
  • Score: 2

12:57pm Fri 16 May 14

littlewhitebull says...

Would you believe my luck? I spent a long time cutting the long grass outside my Mum's house and as many neighbours' frontages as the extension lead would stretch. I had only been in Mum's house for 20 minutes having a long cold drink - guess what? The contractors turned up to cut the grass. To be fair they did a pretty good job, although it was necessary to collect some of the grass.
No members of the Heckarwe tribe were found on this occasion.
Would you believe my luck? I spent a long time cutting the long grass outside my Mum's house and as many neighbours' frontages as the extension lead would stretch. I had only been in Mum's house for 20 minutes having a long cold drink - guess what? The contractors turned up to cut the grass. To be fair they did a pretty good job, although it was necessary to collect some of the grass. No members of the Heckarwe tribe were found on this occasion. littlewhitebull
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Fri 16 May 14

dplcv37 says...

probono wrote:
Stop moaning and get your mowers out
Believe me i would as long as i knew i wasn't going to be sued by some idiot claiming a stone flew up and hit them in the face and now they suffer panic attacks every time they hear a lawnmower! I don't have public liability insurance to cover me for that!

The days of doing good for the community have long gone i'm afraid.Every one is out to make a quick buck.
The council will soon get on their high horse anyway and tell people that its encroachment and that we shouldn't be doing it!
[quote][p][bold]probono[/bold] wrote: Stop moaning and get your mowers out[/p][/quote]Believe me i would as long as i knew i wasn't going to be sued by some idiot claiming a stone flew up and hit them in the face and now they suffer panic attacks every time they hear a lawnmower! I don't have public liability insurance to cover me for that! The days of doing good for the community have long gone i'm afraid.Every one is out to make a quick buck. The council will soon get on their high horse anyway and tell people that its encroachment and that we shouldn't be doing it! dplcv37
  • Score: 8

4:05pm Fri 16 May 14

jarvis 2 says...

who owns all this land
who owns all this land jarvis 2
  • Score: 1

5:34pm Fri 16 May 14

IanMurray says...

As the grass gets longer, Herefordshire's towns and city are looking worse and worse - as we all expected.
The Council can not want tourists or new businesses, and must obviously want hotels, guest houses, restaurants, pubs and shops to go out of business. This of course results in less jobs and therefore less people living in Herefordshire which naturally results in less income for the council, even lower spending in the county's businesses and even fewer jobs and people in Herefordshire. A self destructive circle,
As the grass gets longer, Herefordshire's towns and city are looking worse and worse - as we all expected. The Council can not want tourists or new businesses, and must obviously want hotels, guest houses, restaurants, pubs and shops to go out of business. This of course results in less jobs and therefore less people living in Herefordshire which naturally results in less income for the council, even lower spending in the county's businesses and even fewer jobs and people in Herefordshire. A self destructive circle, IanMurray
  • Score: 6

4:05pm Sun 18 May 14

Ubique1 says...

Told Mrs Ubique1 that I was only going to cut our grass three times a year - her reply was suggesting ,words to the effect that she would reduce a number of pleasures we have to three as well - guess that I will continue to keep the grass very short !

Friverles I know but the serious side of HCC decision is not in the interest of road safety in the countryside , already visibilities from the mouth of junctions are very restricted . Pavements in my village which are used by mothers with pushchairs are already overgrown - making it quite unsafe when young children are walking to the village school - but , hey Ho others will pay if there are accidents ,sorry , collisions .
Told Mrs Ubique1 that I was only going to cut our grass three times a year - her reply was suggesting ,words to the effect that she would reduce a number of pleasures we have to three as well - guess that I will continue to keep the grass very short ! Friverles I know but the serious side of HCC decision is not in the interest of road safety in the countryside , already visibilities from the mouth of junctions are very restricted . Pavements in my village which are used by mothers with pushchairs are already overgrown - making it quite unsafe when young children are walking to the village school - but , hey Ho others will pay if there are accidents ,sorry , collisions . Ubique1
  • Score: 2

9:51pm Sun 18 May 14

Hawkshead says...

Trim some money off the million pound + refit of plough lane and new books office and you can cut grass and do want people want in this county not what you want new glass lifts in a two floor building . When the big tent is removed from the roof of plough lane maybe there is a swimming pool .......
Trim some money off the million pound + refit of plough lane and new books office and you can cut grass and do want people want in this county not what you want new glass lifts in a two floor building . When the big tent is removed from the roof of plough lane maybe there is a swimming pool ....... Hawkshead
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Mon 19 May 14

dplcv37 says...

Hawkshead wrote:
Trim some money off the million pound + refit of plough lane and new books office and you can cut grass and do want people want in this county not what you want new glass lifts in a two floor building . When the big tent is removed from the roof of plough lane maybe there is a swimming pool .......
Well said!!
[quote][p][bold]Hawkshead[/bold] wrote: Trim some money off the million pound + refit of plough lane and new books office and you can cut grass and do want people want in this county not what you want new glass lifts in a two floor building . When the big tent is removed from the roof of plough lane maybe there is a swimming pool .......[/p][/quote]Well said!! dplcv37
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Mon 19 May 14

Eignstein says...

30 years ago, Malvern's open space grass-cutting didn't happen for over a year, due to a contractor change.
The solution was to declare all the common land as nature reserves, and only cut essential walkways.
Needless to say, they won an award.
30 years ago, Malvern's open space grass-cutting didn't happen for over a year, due to a contractor change. The solution was to declare all the common land as nature reserves, and only cut essential walkways. Needless to say, they won an award. Eignstein
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10:28pm Mon 19 May 14

Keith Morgan says...

As a Hay Fever sufferer, I dread to imagine what is going to happen to similar sufferers when all this seeding grass heads is eventually cut, our A&E Department is going to be working overtime. Grass cutting has always triggered horrible side effects but the length of the grass / weeds now at 18" - 24" will be an absolute nightmare! Perhaps we could get the A&E Department to send the bills for our Hospital admissions to the Council. Heaven help the poor children who will be taking their GCSE exams! Jenny.
As a Hay Fever sufferer, I dread to imagine what is going to happen to similar sufferers when all this seeding grass heads is eventually cut, our A&E Department is going to be working overtime. Grass cutting has always triggered horrible side effects but the length of the grass / weeds now at 18" - 24" will be an absolute nightmare! Perhaps we could get the A&E Department to send the bills for our Hospital admissions to the Council. Heaven help the poor children who will be taking their GCSE exams! Jenny. Keith Morgan
  • Score: 6

9:42pm Thu 22 May 14

Hereford Voice says...

I wonder if the grass will be cut outside the new offices in Plough Lane...
I wonder if the grass will be cut outside the new offices in Plough Lane... Hereford Voice
  • Score: 2

12:00am Fri 23 May 14

Hereford Voice says...

We have created an online petition to se if w can get this decision reversed, you can sign it here:
https://you.38degree
s.org.uk/petitions/r
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educe-grass-cutting?
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We have created an online petition to se if w can get this decision reversed, you can sign it here: https://you.38degree s.org.uk/petitions/r everse-decision-to-r educe-grass-cutting? source=facebook-shar e-button&time=140079 4699 Hereford Voice
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Fri 23 May 14

hooops says...

I have noticed many road junctions and roundabouts are now seriously dangerous unless your in a lorry due to poor visibility

its also interesting how now it is ok for everyone to go and mow grass wherever they like for the council with there proposed "community grass cutting schemes" not sure this is even legal, with that said if they go ahead are the council going to provide liability insurance ,and train to the level of competency needed and provide correct safety and mowing equipment for this as it is a commercial activity in a public place after all , or should we all go out with our 0 maintained electric mower with the trailing cable over the main road in our shorts and flip flops then when you property gets damaged who's liable it wont be the council as they never pay up even when you have a legitimate claim due to potholes ect.
I have noticed many road junctions and roundabouts are now seriously dangerous unless your in a lorry due to poor visibility its also interesting how now it is ok for everyone to go and mow grass wherever they like for the council with there proposed "community grass cutting schemes" not sure this is even legal, with that said if they go ahead are the council going to provide liability insurance ,and train to the level of competency needed and provide correct safety and mowing equipment for this as it is a commercial activity in a public place after all , or should we all go out with our 0 maintained electric mower with the trailing cable over the main road in our shorts and flip flops then when you property gets damaged who's liable it wont be the council as they never pay up even when you have a legitimate claim due to potholes ect. hooops
  • Score: 1

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