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Norton Town Council steps in to get bank grass cut
12:39pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
NORTON Town Council is to take steps to ensure the grass bank in Bazley’s Lane is cut and maintained.
Coun Hugh Spencer told members that he had been in touch with North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways department who told him there was no contractual obligation to cut the verge.
“This is a unique lane in many ways and is used by people for recreational purposes including mums with prams, joggers and racehorses,” he said.
“Although there has been an increase in traffic there I was surprised to find there only appears to be a schedule for cutting of the path at the top of the bank.”
Coun Spencer said although he had been told there was no change of policy, the cutting of the verge was at the discretion of the contractor.
“It is now up to a year since it was cut and the grass is over head high and combined with other weeds and seedlings is fast becoming a jungle,” he said.
“I would like this council to consider adopting Bazley’s Lane and cutting the grass back twice a year.”
However, town mayor Coun Ray King said: “I fear if we do start moving the boundaries we could end up going as far as Acklam although I do appreciate the area is well used by local people.”
Coun David Lloyd-Williams said: “I feel it is our duty to take on something which has been done without causing a problem for years. A couple of cuts at year to keep down the excessive growth is not too much to add to our list of responsibilities.”
Councillors agreed to negotiate with the county council and their own grass cutting contractors to ensure the grass verge was cut.
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