East Sussex County Council (ESCC) have received an increased level of Member and resident contact regarding the rural roads verge cutting service over the past two years. The correspondence is largely made up of requests to stop cutting rural verges or change the schedule and frequency.
Due to the heightened interest in the ecological value of roadside verges and their contribution to the landscape and character of the County, ESCC are undertaking a trial to reduce the rural grass cutting service in selected Towns and Parishes.
The trial was offered to Twelve Parish and Town Councils to provide a good coverage across the county and keep the trial a manageable size.
The following Parish and Town Councils opted to take part in the trial:
At present rural grass verges receive two cuts per year. The first cut starts in May and the second in Autumn. These are carried out as a 1m wide swathe and visibility splays at junctions and on the inside of bends where sight lines between road users may be obscured by vegetation.
The trial reduces the rural grass cutting service in the selected areas to:
As part of the trial we will be monitoring the verges, alongside the local councils and their wildlife organisations to record what grows.
We would also like to hear about what you see, and your feedback to the trial.
You can submit your thoughts and findings on our webform below.
The responses from this form will be reviewed once the trial has finished and we will then provide an overview of the trial and any next steps.
Please note, responses will not be regularly monitored nor responded to individually; any issues should be reported using the usual avenues.