NYCC - Reduction to Grass Cutting Services in Sutton-in-Craven

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Due to Government cuts in the budget, North Yorkshire County Council have stopped cutting grass on verges in urban areas, where it is not required for safety reasons.

The County Council, which is responsible for maintaining 9,000 kilometres roads in North Yorkshire, cuts grass and maintains roadside verges for safety purposes whilst being sympathetic to the environment.

North Yorkshire County Council's policy is split into two: urban and rural. Urban grass cutting takes place on roads with a speed limit of 40mph or less, and rural grass cutting takes place on roads with a speed limit of 50mph or above.

From April 2015, the County Council have ceased cutting urban grass cutting provided for amenity purposes. The areas affected in Sutton-in-Craven are: Park Avenue, North Road, Boundary Avenue, Hall Way / North Avenue, Crofters Mill and Hazel Grove Road.

The County Council are leaving it up to parish councils to cut the grass themselves. This is all part of a larger picture that is hitting us, libraries, bus subsidies, everyone suffers in some way with these cuts.

In order to preserve the appearance of the village the Parish Council have now hired a contractor to undertake the work.