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Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Rural Highways Grass Cutting

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17 webpage.


The council has just over 1,000 miles of rural grass verge and sightline cutting routes that receive treatment every year. Rural routes are currently cut three times a year. Depending on the extent of the seasonal growth some sightlines are cut more often. In addition to the programmed cutting, we undertake some reactive cutting where inspections indicate that safety is being compromised.


We will remove one cutting cycle from the rural verge cutting regime and so the number of cuts will reduce from three to two annually. This will save approximately £10,000 per annum. There will also be reduced strimming and blowing after grass cutting and reduced small area cutting eg around the base of signage and other highway structures.

What do we think the impact will be?

Overgrowth of vegetation can create a safety hazard for highway users by obstructing visibility at junctions; forcing highway users (particularly horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians) into the road and, adversely affecting surface water drainage, causing localised flooding. Visibility splays will be prioritised on classified roads, but there will be an increased risk of reduced visibility depending on the extent of seasonal growth.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

There is no other option for reducing expenditure in this area.

This consultation is closed.

What you told us

We received 22 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on 11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016, all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to proceed with this proposal.

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