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Have you ever wondered about Hailsham Town Council’s reponsibilities for grass cutting throughout the town?

One month into 2014’s grass cutting season, the council is offering information to help residents understand its grounds maintenance process.

It arranges the contracting for the cutting of grass on behalf of East Sussex County Council for most of the highway verges in Hailsham, which are cut 10 times per year, from April to November.

The county council pays for five of these cuts, its standard across the county, and the Town Council supports this by paying for another five cuts to maintain a higher standard of presentation.

The Town Council also arranges grass cutting in areas of land it owns, including Hailsham Country Park, Western Road Recreation Ground, Maurice Thornton Playing Field, Hailsham Cemetery and the Common Pond.

It does not make arrangements for grass to be cut on privately owned estates such as Harmers Hay, on developments that have not been adopted by the District, County or Town Council, or on local authority housing estates such as Town Farm, which is the responsibility of Wealden District Council.

Deputy Town Clerk Mickey Caira said: “Although environmental issues are of principal concern, the majority of urban grass cutting is actually carried out for highway safety reasons rather than aesthetic purposes.”

To find out more, residents can contact Hailsham Town Council on 01323 841702 or at enquiries@hailsham-tc.gov.uk.