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Harlow Council announce new grass cutting measures

Communities / Wed 25th Mar 2015 am31 11:48am

WITH the grass cutting season now underway Harlow Council and Kier Harlow have unveiled a number of measures to improve the maintenance of the town’s green open spaces this year.

The measures are:

Four additional ride on grass cutting machines and operatives for six months adding to the existing team.
A four person strimming and weed spraying team to tackle obstacles and areas difficult to cut by machines.
An additional month of grass cutting resources to respond to the early or late grass growing season.
An additional hard surface weed spray to increase town-wide spraying from two occasions per year to three to help stop weeds establishing themselves alongside highways, verges and footpaths.

These four key measures have been made possible by making efficiency savings as part of the Kier Harlow Ltd contract. These savings from delivered efficiencies have resulted in a reinvestment to provide additional resources for grass cutting, strimming and weed spraying this year.

In February 2015 the Council announced that it would be looking at extra grass cutting machines and staff to help make further improvements to how the town’s green spaces are maintained. These measures build on changes implemented by the Council and Kier Harlow last July following concerns about the standard and frequency of grass cutting and strimming in the town.

The Council is now planning to rectify the damage caused by repeated unauthorised traveller encampments.

Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “This reinvestment shows the Council’s commitment to improve the look of Harlow for residents, businesses and visitors. This is also about improving value for money for taxpayers when it comes to looking after the town’s open spaces. Over the years grass cutting, strimming and weed spraying has been reduced with savings put elsewhere to protect other services. We have worked with Kier Harlow to look at ways money can be reinvested in maintaining open spaces without impacting on other services they provide.

“We know from talking to residents and last year’s budget consultation findings that the maintenance of the town’s open spaces is a high priority. On a daily basis residents will either drive, walk or cycle past green open spaces and they are a fundamental part of the town’s landscape and are much loved.

Cutting the grass more regularly, extra strimming and extra weed spraying will help bring back a bit of pride in our town and make a positive and visible difference to Harlow.”

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