Extra cutting of verges in county

Coun Glen Sanderson (front right), Alnwick councillor Gordon Castle (front left) and staff from the county council's neighbourhood services team.

An ambitious programme of extra verge cutting has helped Northumberland to look even better ahead of the main tourist season.

The county council drafted in extra resources for the summer period – increasing the number of tractors with specialist cutting equipment and aiming to carry out additional grass-cutting along the highway verges across the whole county.

Progress has been swift and all scheduled verge-cutting was expected to be complete by the end of July.

The work is vital to ensure that vegetation does not restrict visibility for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

In addition, these works also improve the look of an area and keeps the network in better condition by preventing plants taking hold on the side of roads.

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services, said: “I’m delighted at the progress we’ve made so far, which improves road safety and has the added benefit of helping make the county look really neat, tidy and well maintained.

“I am very grateful to all staff for their great and much-appreciated efforts in getting this work done so quickly and efficiently.”

The improvements will now also allow the teams time to return and undertake a second cut at key junctions.

There are a small number of verges that have been left intentionally uncut at the request of ecology groups to maintain flower-rich habitats in specific areas of interest and these will be cut later in the season.

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