Moray MP Douglas Ross who has actively been engaged in trying to persuade Moray Council to reverse their decision to no longer cut the grass, has written to the Chief Executive, Roddy Burns, asking what is happening to the redundant grass cutting equipment.
Douglas said “Moray Council has a significant amount of mowers, strimmers and other grass cutting equipment, which would have been utilised by the full contingent of Lands and Parks staff before the decision was made to drastically reduce the grass cutting operation across Moray.
“If this is the case and only a fraction of the grass on council property is now being cut, I would imagine that there is equipment lying about in Council sheds more or less redundant.
“I’ve asked the council if there is capacity for any of this grass cutting equipment to be loaned out to organised community groups to allow them to cut the grass given the interest that has been shown by many to get involved.
“At times like this we have to rely on the goodwill of the community to help keep our villages and towns neat and tidy. If grass cutting equipment is available and can be loaned out to Community groups by the council under memorandums of understanding that would be a big step forward. I’m writing to Community Councils and Local Community Trusts asking them if they are in a position to pull together Community Action Teams that could utilise this equipment.
“In the meantime, a hard copy of my grass cutting petition is available at over 30 retail and business outlets in Moray or on-line at www.douglasross.org.uk as we need to keep the pressure up to try and persuade the council to reverse their decision.”