Going it alone unless the council gets its act together

The grass verges in Beadnell.
The grass verges in Beadnell.

Yet another community has lambasted the county council for the poor-quality grass cutting taking place in their village.

At last Wednesday’s meeting of Beadnell Parish Council, concerns over the state of the grass were raised by chairman Richard Patterson.

They follow similar complaints at the respective meetings of Belford, Seahouses, Wooler and Felton.

Coun Patterson mentioned in particular the system which involves the grass cuttings being blown back on to the grass from the road or pavement.

“If you give that man a grass cutter, he would be able to cut the grass,” he said.

“They would get around quicker, the grass would be shorter the next time they were there and they wouldn’t need to be blowing it back onto the grass. It’s not working.”

County Coun Pat Scott, who has had the same issues raised in all of the parishes in her Bamburgh ward, said that the county council was aware of all of the disquiet.

“Terry Garnick [the county council’s north area neighbourhood services manager] is dealing with it, they are going to put extra resources in to do extra cuts.

“It was timed wrongly, the grass was too long, but they took onboard that the service is not at the level they would like to provide.”

Coun Patterson said: “If they spent more time cutting grass and not sitting in their vans having their dinner, it would be much better.”

M&M Contractors is currently cutting the grass in the children’s playground and the parish is pleased with the service they are providing.

Members agreed that M&M should continue doing it.

Coun Patterson suggested that the parish should consider taking on the grass cutting in the village itself, given that M&M are doing a good job in the playground.

In the transfer of services from the county council to the parish council, parishes are able to take on grass cutting themselves and organise it through a contractor.

“We should seriously consider taking it into our hands,” added Coun Patterson.