Village grass cutting scheme ‘a great example’

Grass cutting in Stewkley
Grass cutting in Stewkley

A cluster of Bucks villages which have taken over responisibility for their grass cutting from the county council are being held up as an example to other communities.

Bucks County Council (BCC) has invited other parishes to consider following the lead set by Stewkley, Mursley, Swanbourne and Drayton Parslow.

The Stewkley Enterprise Agency was set up as a non-profit-making scheme to provide services including grass cutting and strimming, minor hedge cutting and weed spraying. Since October 2012, it has aimed to do nine or 10 cuts of the grass a year.

BCC cabinet member for transportation, Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, said: “Devolving services to the local community is a great opportunity for parishes and clusters of local communities.

“The way that Stewkley has set up their arrangement is a great example to other parishes who are considering joining in with the scheme.”

Chairman of Buckingham Town Council’s environment committee Mike Smith, said: “We’ve decided there’s still not enough information and not enough assurances about it for us to make a decision.

“We know what we’d get for Year One and Year Two but we don’t know beyond that.”

Winslow Town Council’s amenities committee has formed a working party and hopes to take a proposal to the town council in September.

Town mayor David Barry said: “We have to get the best deal for the town.”