ROADSIDE VERGES: Different cuts for different places

Grass cutting on roadside verges in urban areas of East Sussex will be completed to different standards this summer.

In Uckfield there will be two cuts undertaken by East Sussex Highways.

Other towns and large villages will see up to six cuts carried out by Highways staff, while in other places the cuts will be the responsibility of the relevant town or parish council.

Budget reduction

The changes follow the county council’s decision to cut £400,000 from verge cutting services in this financial year.

The result was a reduction in urban grass cutting from six cuts to two per season.

Cutting of rural verges remains unchanged at two cuts per season.

Top-up cuts

District and parish (town) councils were given the option of “topping up” the number of cuts.

Rother district is funding four additional cuts on behalf of its local councils in 2018/19 and Lewes District Council is paying for two more in its area.

Uckfield Town Council turned down the opportunity to pay for more cuts.

Maresfield is similarly listed, in county council documents, as having only two cuts, along with Buxted, Framfield and Hadlow Down

The revised county council policy is recommended for approval by the Lead Member for Transport and Economy today (May 21).

Read our earlier report of Uckfield Town Council’s discussion on roadside verge grass cutting and why they made the decision.

• The county council will provide additional cuts when necessary for safety reasons, such as at junctions.

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