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FOI REQUEST: number of roadside verge cuttings

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Dear Staffordshire County Council,

I am writing this email to make a request for the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.
1. How many times did the council mow roadside verges across the county between the months of March and July this year (2020)?
2. For the same months in 2019 (March - July), how many times did the council mow roadside verges?
3. What was the schedule agreed at the start of the year (2020) for roadside verge cutting?
4. Has the council deviated from this schedule in any way - has more or less cutting than was planned taken place?
By council mowing, I mean when council staff were sent to mow roadside verges. No details of locations are necessary, just the number of times across the county.
Thank you.

Yours faithfully,
Matt Kefford

Staffordshire County Council

Dear Matthew Kefford,
 
Thank you for your request for information received by Staffordshire
County Council on 21/08/2020.
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. 

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Access Team

Portch, David (Corporate), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Matt Kefford

Thank you for your request for information.

Please find information provided by the relevant service team(s) below.

The frequency of cutting depends on the road classification which could be 1 cut only on Rural Zoned roads, 2 cuts on Rural Priority 2 roads or 3 cuts on Rural Priority 1 roads. On Urban Roads (generally 30mph or below) the County Council adopts a policy in 2020 of 6 cuts per season whereas in 2019 and before it was 8 cuts per season. In addition there are numerous different bodies which undertake grass cutting across the County - District and Borough Councils which often enhance the County policy by subsidising additional cuts, local Parish Councils and finally the contractors employed by the County Council's term highway maintenance contractor Amey.

If you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority you should contact us in the first instance.  Send your comment or complaint to:

Access Manager, Access Team, Staffordshire County Council, 2 Staffordshire Place, Stafford ST16 2DH or email [Staffordshire County Council request email]

If you then have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Regards
  
David Portch

Access Team
Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place
Stafford
ST16 2DH

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