Grass cutting plan will bring jobs for young

Uncut grass on Badgers last year
Uncut grass on Badgers last year

A new grass cutting scheme is set to bring up to 16 part-time jobs for young and unemployed people.

Buckingham Town Council has agreed to take over responsibility for grass cutting, after a torrent of complaints from residents over shoddy mowing last year.

Discussions have been going on since Bucks County Council (BCC) proposed devolving grass cutting services to the parishes last year.

Last spring, floods of complaints were received after BCC reduced its annual number of cuts from 10 to six and grass on Buckingham’s estates grew over 1ft high.

At last week’s meeting, town councillors agreed to take over the devolved service.

Verges along the bypass will be cut by the same contractors who currently maintain the town’s parks. Within the bypass, mowing will be managed by the Stewkley Enterprise Agency, run by David Lett, which already manages cutting in four parishes.

The town council is now looking to recruit part-time grass cutters, who will be paid a flat rate of £7 an hour, and voluntary co-ordinators.

Town councillor Mike Smith, who has overcome initial misgivings over the cost, said: “Having had discussions with David Lett, we’re pretty certain it will be neutral cost for at least four years. At the end of the day, it’s about getting something done that the residents want.”