The majority of grass verges adjacent to roads are within the public highway and therefore come under the responsibility of the Council as Highway Authority.
In fulfilling its responsibilities as Highway Authority, the Council is required to keep verges safe and unobstructed and this is particularly important at road junctions where clear visibility for motorists and pedestrians is important.
The Council arranges grass cutting in-house utilising staff within the Cleansing and Grounds Maintenance Service. Funding is allocated annually through the routine highways maintenance budget to ensure that grass cutting is continued throughout the growing season.
In rural areas, a number of grass verges have rare or endangered species of flora/fauna and here the grass cutting regime is tailored to suit.