Balfour Beatty not keeping grass-cutting promises, Wiltshire Council to be told (From This Is Wiltshire)
Balfour Beatty not keeping grass-cutting promises, Wiltshire Council to be told
12:44pm Monday 12th May 2014 in By Andy Baber, Senior reporter for Trowbridge
Grass going uncut by Wiltshire Council’s highways contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places will be raised at full council tomorrow, after councillors received dozens of calls from residents.
Trowbridge town and Wiltshire councillors Jeff Osborn and Graham Payne have had calls and emails from residents in the town over the past few weeks complaining about long grass.
Cllr Osborn said he has had more than 20 residents in his Grove Ward contact him about the issue, while Cllr Graham Payne has had a similar number get in touch with him in the Drynham Ward.
Melksham Without and Wiltshire councillor Terry Chivers has also received complaints from residents in his ward and is even considering putting forward a motion of no confidence in Balfour Beatty.
Cllr Chivers said: “Enough is enough, we have had so many promises from this company, and they have broken them all, they just aren’t up to the job.”
A council scrutiny committee investigated the controversial £150 million contract, which attracted criticism when it was taken on by Balfour Beatty in June 2013, after residents complained about uncut verges and hedgerows.
The report from the scrutiny committee in January said the contractor’s performance was satisfactory, but highlighted areas for improvement.
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