Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 17, 2016

The Soft Estate Paid For By Hard Cash

The row over maintenance of grass verges 002 and roundabouts 005 [click to enlarge to spot a car!], quaintly described in council jargon as the “soft estate” can only become worse, if central government austerity continues.

There are reams of LCC papers covering the subject, and I quote from one below.

“Some Agencies have been developed with all District Councils in Lancashire. They include some maintenance works, principally to the soft estate. Funding of these services is based on the cost of carrying out the work to LCC standards. Where a District wishes to carry out these works to a higher standard i.e. more frequent grass cutting, they may do so at their own expense.

“The contents of these Agency Agreements are summarised below: Grass cutting in highway verges (Lancaster, Wyre, Preston, South Ribble, Chorley, West Lancs, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle); The treatment of weeds in highways (Lancaster, Wyre, Preston, South Ribble, Chorley, West Lancs, Hyndburn and Pendle);The maintenance of highway trees (Lancaster, Wyre, Preston, Chorley, West Lancs, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle);Financial contribution towards the sweeping of wet leaves on the highway (All Districts)”.

So now we know. Funding we all pay for is providing grass cutting services “to LCC standards”, but not now! And more frequent grass cutting can be done by local councils “at their own expense”, but not now!

We council tax payers are soft for being taken for a ride as our hard cash is filtered away by councils struggling to meet statutory requirements. And before too long they won’t be met either.

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