Council pumps £65,000 into grass cutting service

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Grass cutting in Crawley is set for a revamp after the borough council invested an extra £65,000 into the service.

The money has enabled the council to add three new members of staff to the team, including one apprentice.

The 16-strong team will work in two groups, with each covering half of the town.

A council spokesman said the new arrangement would allow flexibility among the teams as they would be able to cover the town more quickly and efficiently.

Each team would also be assigned two street cleansing staff to pick up litter ahead of the mowers and sweep cut grass from pavements and roads once the grass has been cut.

The spokesman added: “The aim of this new approach is to increase visibility, flexibility and staff familiarity with verges, as well as improve performance, allowing for more cuts to take place in quicker growing areas throughout the year.”

Cllr Colin Lloyd, Cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Providing an improved grass cutting service for the people of Crawley is a high priority for me.

“Our extra investment and changes to the way our dedicated staff work, will ensure we start to see significant improvements from this spring.”