EXTREME summer heat which has turned grass brown has led West Sussex County Council to stop its verge cutting programme.
Daily temperatures in the 80s has stopped the grass growing. This has prompted the county council to stop its urban grass cutting timetable for August.
Cllr Bob Lanzer, the council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “Instead, we will utilise that freed-up resource to tackle areas which might otherwise be overlooked.
“Primarily, the focus will be on footpaths in urban areas, known as ‘twittens’, and cutting back on overgrown vegetation which has been reported as a concern.
“The West Sussex highways team will work closely with the contractor to continually monitor the growth and the grass cutting schedule will be resumed when necessary.”
Two of the grass cutting crews will finish the rural cut and re-visit any areas identified as being missed.
The county council cuts urban grass maintained at public expense seven times a year between March and November.
No national guidelines exist for grass cutting schedules apart from the need to ensure roads are safe. But five cuts a year are suggested.
The county council funds seven cuts in urban areas and three rural cuts.