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Anger at 'unacceptable' length of grass in Skelmersdale

Councillors are furious over delay in grass cutting programme

Skelmersdale North Ward Councillors Neil Furey & Barry Bolan at Windrows.

Anger in Skelmersdale has erupted over the long length of grass across the town – which the council has put down to the good weather.

Labour councillors have told the Advertiser that the town’s grass cutting programme is currently six weeks behind schedule, meaning many grass verges, playing fields and roundabouts have become overgrown and are more than one foot deep in places.

Labour’s Skelmersdale North Councillor Neil Furey said: “According to the council’s grass cutting chief, the grass is growing too quickly because of the fantastic weather in Skelmersdale.

“I will be urging the council to get back on schedule and ensure the grass cutting in Skelmersdale is kept to the same standards as in other areas of the borough.”

Labour’s Skelmersdale North councillor, Barry Nolan, also added: “It’s unacceptable that this situation has been allowed to happen. Other areas of the borough don’t appear to have suffered like Skelmersdale has. The council are saying they’re behind schedule but because of cutbacks by the ruling Conservative group, they don’t have the manpower to get the job done.”

A spokesperson for the council said they are responsible for maintaining roadside grass verges on highways on behalf of Lancashire County Council, and grass length in open space on housing estates, public open spaces, formal parks, flower and shrub beds and cemeteries.

The spokesperson added: “Following on from a mild winter, lots of rain during the spring and now very warm weather, the perfect growing conditions for grass have been created.

“The borough council’s team works hard to maintain the grassed areas it is responsible for to appropriate standards.”

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