Mapping error leaves parts of Banbury knee high in uncut grass

Un-cut grass in a cul-de-sac off Bretch Hill
Un-cut grass in a cul-de-sac off Bretch Hill

Residents of the ‘un-named’ cul-de-sac off Bretch Hill bemoan uncut grass.

A mapping error by Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) has inadvertently left off certain public areas of Banbury allowing grass to go un-mowed for several weeks.

Grass reaching knee high lengths

Grass reaching knee high lengths

Grass cutting of these areas was previously the responsibility of Cherwell District Council working as agents for the OCC. This responsibility has now been transferred to Banbury Town Council and the transition has experienced some teething problems.

Councillor Colin Clarke, chairman of Banbury Town Council’s general services committee, said: “The town council has this year taken over the cutting of grassed areas in the town, a job which was previously the responsibility of Cherwell District Council as agents for Oxfordshire County Council.”

“The town council was supplied with a map of the areas to be cut, but this has turned out to be incomplete and we are having to ask Oxfordshire County Council for a full list of areas that should be mown.”

During a quick drive around Bretch Hill it quickly becomes clear that various streets and cul-de-sacs have been affected by this error as neatly cut grass butts up to areas of knee high greenery.

Areas on the grass cutting map next to those omitted

Areas on the grass cutting map next to those omitted

Councillor Clarke added: “There are hundreds of grassed areas in Banbury that have been cut properly, and just a few that have been missed. This matter is being treated as a priority and grass cutting contractors will mow the area in question next week (beginning Monday June 6).”