A Labour councillor who has been pursuing local concerns about the length of public grass in South Gloucestershire has expressed his disappointment that the Conservative councillor responsible for the grass cutting service has "no further comment to make" on the problems he has raised.
Rodway Labour councillor Michael Bell recently asked the chair of the council's Environment Committee whether the current policy of cutting certain patches of public grass only twice a year was working well. This question has been prompted by residents in Mangotsfield complaining about the height of the grass, which many feel is dangerous at road junctions.
In a written response Councillor Bell was told that the council is delivering the service within its reduced budget, and that any additional service would require additional funding.
Feeling that this did not answer his question of whether the policy was working well, Councillor Bell pursued the point when the committee met this afternoon. He was told by the Conservative chair that the budget cuts forced on the council had been approved before the election, and "I have no further comment to make".
After the meeting, Councillor Michael Bell said:
"I am very disappointed that the ruling Conservatives refuse to concede that the council's grass cutting policy is not working well and just hark back to a budget decision made years ago. That decision is proving to be a failure, and the Tories seem to have closed minds to reviewing it. In the meantime our communities are being blighted by unsightly, and in some places dangerously, long grass.
I shall continue to campaign for a sensible grass cutting regime until the Conservative council takes the current concerns seriously."