Patchway’s Labour councillors have joined with local residents to highlight the effect that cuts to street care are having in the town. South Gloucestershire Council is having to make cuts of £80M over the decade, and one of the cost-saving measures introduced this year is a reduction in the regularity that highways grass is cut, from twelve cuts to just twice a year. Local residents are noticing the difference, and local councillors say this is a visible result of the Council’s huge savings programme.
In Patchway ward, local residents John and Catherine Gillette raised the issue with their councillors, and together they raised a petition signed by local people which they presented to South Gloucestershire Council last night. The petition calls on the Council to reinstate a more regular programme of grass cuts.
Councillor Keith Walker (Patchway ward) says:
“Residents have raised valid concerns about the grass and weeds being so high in the central reservation that you cannot see cars travelling in the opposite direction, and the danger this can cause at junctions and roundabouts. Footpaths next to bus stops are overgrown and the whole area is looking a mess.
There is no easy solution as the Council has to find ways to make millions of pounds worth of savings because of Government cutbacks, and none of these will be popular. However, I shall be lobbying my colleagues to see what changes we can make to the highways grass cutting programme, as the current system is not working.”
17th July 2014
(Photograph shows Mrs Gillette with Councillor Keith Walker).