Changes to way verges are cut and maintained

The A697 south of the Bridge Of Aln.
The A697 south of the Bridge Of Aln.

A report to Monday night’s meeting of the county council’s north area committee confirmed that the council has changed the way verges are cut this year, in order to reduce costs.

This followed concerns raised about maintenance this summer.

The adopted standard for verge maintenance works allows for a single cut on strategic routes, followed by major, then minor routes. A second cut should then be done on strategic routes nearer the end of the season.

In the north area, 100 per cent of the scheduled works on strategic routes and the A1068 have been done so far, while 98 per cent has been done in Alnwick. In Glendale and Coquetdale, the figure is 90 per cent, while it’s 75 per cent in Seahouses and Belford and 78 per cent in Berwick.