Liverpool’s public green spaces will soon be getting a much-needed trim as the city’s grass-cutting programme springs back into action this week.
The service, which is delivered by Liverpool Streetscene Service Ltd (LSSL), was put on hold due to limited resources during the coronavirus pandemic.
Staff members who would usually be out mowing the city’s verges and gateway sites were seconded to support colleagues in critical areas such as waste disposal and recycling.
During the lockdown period, the grass verges have grown considerably longer than usual.
But all that’s about to change as the grass cutting gang gets ready to fire up the mowers this week.
The grass cutting programme has been re-started to coincide with the green waste collection service, which also begins this week.
The grass cutters are working alongside the city’s street cleaners to make sure any green waste is cleared from the roads and pavements after every cut.
Stephen McCoy, Street Cleansing Operations Manager at LSSL said: “We are working towards doing this as quickly as possible and focusing on recommencing the usual regular maintenance schedules, which will ensure the verges are kept tidy going forward. The first and second cut is expected to take 22 days and not the normal 15-day cycle due to the current grass length and condition.”
Councillor Sharon Connor, Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Highways said: “This has been a difficult time during which we have had to suspend some of our services because our staff members were needed to support areas like bin collections.
“Residents have been extremely understanding and have worked with us through this period. We know that services such as this one are important to the people of the city and we are working hard to get them all up and running again as soon as we can.”