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Grass cutting gets underway in Gateshead

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Grass cutting, which had to be suspended in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic just before the first cut of the year, has now begun throughout the borough. 

The delay means that in many places the grass has become too long for the grass cutting machines the council would generally use and so larger flail cutters are now being used for this first cut instead of the more usual rotary cutters.   

The importance for staff to maintain social distancing will slow up the process slightly but it's expected that most areas will have had their first cut of the year within the next few weeks.  

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Councillor John Adams, Cabinet member for Housing, Environment and Transport, says: "I know a lot of people will be pleased that we've been able to restart the grass cutting service.   

"Obviously, grass cutting is a non-essential service so it made sense to suspend it and divert staff onto more essential duties such as waste collection while some of our staff were either off ill or were having to self-isolate at home.  

"We've now got six weeks of grass cutting to catch up on, and the delay has meant that much of the grass is now too long for our usual mowers, so the quality of cut might not be as neat as usual and there is likely to be more grass cuttings and cuttings on footpaths.   

"It's important that our communities look neat and cared for, and I know that many residents will have been really quite annoyed that the grass hadn't been cut. We apologise for this. We are trying to work as cleanly and effectively as possible and we ask for your patience while we do our best to catch up as quickly as we can." 

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15 May 2020

Grass cutting, which had to be suspended in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic just before the first cut of the year, has now begun throughout the borough. 

The delay means that in many places the grass has become too long for the grass cutting machines the council would generally use and so larger flail cutters are now being used for this first cut instead of the more usual rotary cutters.   

The importance for staff to maintain social distancing will slow up the process slightly but it's expected that most areas will have had their first cut of the year within the next few weeks.  

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Councillor John Adams, Cabinet member for Housing, Environment and Transport, says: "I know a lot of people will be pleased that we've been able to restart the grass cutting service.   

"Obviously, grass cutting is a non-essential service so it made sense to suspend it and divert staff onto more essential duties such as waste collection while some of our staff were either off ill or were having to self-isolate at home.  

"We've now got six weeks of grass cutting to catch up on, and the delay has meant that much of the grass is now too long for our usual mowers, so the quality of cut might not be as neat as usual and there is likely to be more grass cuttings and cuttings on footpaths.   

"It's important that our communities look neat and cared for, and I know that many residents will have been really quite annoyed that the grass hadn't been cut. We apologise for this. We are trying to work as cleanly and effectively as possible and we ask for your patience while we do our best to catch up as quickly as we can." 

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