Freshly mowed grass is a familiar scent across West Sussex at this time of year. That is because West Sussex County Council (WSCC) contractors are out in force maintaining verges as part of the 2014 grass cutting schedule.
Between March and November, contractors’ cut grass verges in towns and urban areas seven times. This compares favourably to the national recommended safety level of five times a year. In rural areas, verges are cut three times a year.
Worthing Borough Council is responsible for cutting the grass in recreational areas such as parks and the Highway Agency on verges on the A27.
As far as safety allows, WSCC aim to preserve verges which are havens for rare flowers and wildlife. These are known as Notable Road Verges and will remain uncut while the flowers are in bloom. However WSCC still maintain them out of season.
Worthing was scheduled for a cut by WSCC on June 6th and next on July 7th.