City council to increase grass cuts in Peterborough after change of decision

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The number of grass cuts contracted out by Peterborough City Council has been increased after a change of decision.

The council agreed in its 2015-16 budget to see the number of times the grass was cut reduced to three times a year in some places, and eight in others.

This would have saved the council £24,000 per year as part of its plans to tackle a £25 million deficit.

However, cabinet member for digital, waste and street scene, Cllr Gavin Elsey, said a change would be made after listening to feedback.

He said: “As part of this year’s budget councillors agreed to reduce the number of times grass is cut across the city.

“In some areas this was reduced to three cuts per year. This would have saved the council £24,000 per year.

“Having listened to residents we have taken the decision that with immediate effect all grassed areas that the council maintains will be cut eight times a year.

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

“This means that we will be working with Amey, who deliver this service on behalf of the council, to find savings elsewhere in their contract.”