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Wednesday, June 08, 2016


STOP PRESS: How strange this post has only been up a few hours.... a huge tractor with a gang mower on the back, has appeared, near Trib Towers, and is currently scything down the jungle that was once the green wheel. The kit keeps breaking down though, the operative not that happy, which happens when you leave it too long between cuts....    

More loquacious bollards from the 'brylcreemed' and perfectly manicured Cllr Gavin Elsey over the lack of long grass cutting. 

 The councillor  (who stayed unusually silent over the Willow Festival on/off debacle) must be aware there is a national warning about the danger to health of grass pollen at the moment? Our neighbourhood is rated as 'a very high risk' so the twenty four thousand pounds 'saved' by the outgoing council ( and squandered on the mayors top-of-the-range limo)  is likely to be offset by the hundreds of thousands of pounds incurred in increased deaths and NHS admissions by those with respiratory conditions.

Instead of reviewing, (ie more timewasting)  we suggest the fun loving councillor pops down to the Green Wheel footpath alongside Park Farm, dodge the minimotos, scramble bikes, and take a look for himself.   The grass is currently around 26 inches high.  He bangs on about 'haircutting the budget' so get the mowers out and cut the whole lot for revenue earning silage, its long enough! 

Possibly before him and the rest of the moribund Tories in our manor are also put out to grass.... We would ask Cllr Turnip to do it but he's way too busy down at Cardea, these days, possibly helping out with the £50 first aid courses, and hopefully trying to justify his election expenses...  you really could not make this up!

Council Statement / 07 Jun 2016

Councillor Gavin Elsey, Peterborough City Council cabinet member for waste and street scene, said: “We are aware that residents have raised concerns about the length of grass in certain locations and as a result we will be reviewing whether the number of cuts we currently provide is sufficient.

“Many areas of the city are now cut less frequently as agreed by councillors as part of the 2015/16 budget. Where there are open spaces we try to ensure there is sufficient space for recreation and these areas receive eight cuts a year. Many other areas now receive three cuts a year. This saved the council £24,000 per year.

“The only exception are the seven biodiversity areas that were established in the city in 2014 and are only cut once at the end of the season.

"Regarding Fletton recreation ground, the grass within the fenced area used by the public is cut eight times a year. A strip of grass on the edge of the recreation ground near to the road, which is on the three cut system, is due to be cut next week.

"The main play area at New England recreation ground is on the eight cut system, however the remaining area receives three cuts a year. The grass at the recreation ground will be cut this week.”

Pollen in the UK

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