Mid Wales grass-cutting firms told to up their game
Two grass cutting contractors in Powys are being told to up their game or face being penalised after a high level of complaints from residents.
Green Fingers Ltd and J Hughes Ltd carry out grass cutting on behalf of Powys County Council across the county.
After a number of complaints about their reduced service and level of performance, new portfolio holder for highways, Councillor Liam Fitzpatrick has warned contractors to improve with immediate effect.
He said: "From my first day in office as Cabinet Member for Highways, I have received a high level of complaints with regard to grass cutting. These relate to both the reduced level of service and also the performance from contractors throughout the county,” said Cllr Fitzpatrick.
“I recognise the real anguish and distress this is causing residents of Powys.
“I have today advised contractors in the strongest possible terms that I wish to see a visible improvement in their performance with immediate effect and that they comply with the terms of the contract and the agreed work.
“Should I not see an immediate improvement, penalty clauses will be imposed alongside plans to ensure the service is delivered as specified. Their performance will have a bearing on whether or not the contract continues.”
Welshpool Town Council took over the responsibility of cutting grass within the town boundary alongside their street cleaning service nine months ago.
County Councillor Phil Pritchard said the job done by council staff has been excellent.
He believes the county council are not getting value for money with their service the grass cutting contractors are supplying.
Councillor Pritchard said: "We've had no problems with areas on the trunk road in Welshpool that are cut by the contractors.
"But as a councillor, with contracts going out to tender I can't see there is a regular situation or agreement on how many times areas are cut.
"We're very, very pleased with the job the council staff in Welshpool have been doing, which we took over six to nine months ago.
"If jobs like grass cutting are kept in house and done by council employees, the council know what is going on."