Highway grass verges will start to look tidier this week, thanks to action taken by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, after the start of the grass cutting season was interrupted due to the Covid-19 response.
Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee, said “Following the recent good weather and rain, the grass is now in need of cutting. Leaving it any longer would make it difficult and impractical to cut.
“It is particularly important that we keep the grass fairly short at the moment as people are using grass verges to maintain social distancing while daily exercising.
“We also need to ensure that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can see clearly at junctions and bends in the road”.
The borough council usually cuts the verges six times a year. Four of these are paid for by Surrey County Council as the local highway authority. The additional cuts are carried out as a result of requests from borough residents in previous years.
Councillor Dallen added “We know that roadside verges are often home to a wide range of plants, insects and other animals and will take this into account where it is safe and practical to do so. We continue to do a lot to maintain and enhance biodiversity within borough and we are investigating ways to improve highway verge management in future years”.
Grass cutting is weather dependant and council plans can change depending on weather and ground conditions, and on the rate of grass growth. Because of the interruption to the start of the grass cutting season, the results of the first cut may look messy. We request residents’ understanding.