West Norfolk Council to undertake grass cutting review

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A review of grass cutting services in West Norfolk is set to take place following criticism of areas becoming overgrown around the borough.

Last month, residents in Upwell revealed they had clubbed together to tackle what they saw as the “mess” of high grass in their community.

And other communities have also hit out on the issue, which has been exacerbated by funding cuts.

But West Norfolk Council chiefs have announced that they will look at the issue again this autumn.

During questions at Thursday’s full council meeting, portfolio holder Elizabeth Nockolds said the issue was often complicated by areas being owned by different organisations, including parish councils, the borough or county authorities and Freebridge Community Housing.

She said that parish authorities were being asked to pay for additional cuts if they wanted them.

But she added: “We are keeping all the comments we received from members of the public to feed into the review.”

However, Labour’s Ian Gourlay said he had seen workers returning to areas soon after they had been cut and questioned whether the public was getting value for money.

And Mrs Nockolds’ former cabinet colleague, David Pope, asked whether initiatives such as King’s Lynn In Bloom should be scrapped altogether because of the problems elsewhere.

But Mrs Nockolds dismissed the question, insisting organisations like that were vital to encourage communities to take part.

She said: “In King’s Lynn alone we have the Reffley Association, the Hardwick Cemetery, the Friends of the Walks. In Bloom is a fantastic organisation to have in our borough.”