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County set to devolve highway grass cutting role

Surrey County Council is set to give boroughs, districts and parishes a stronger role in running local services by freeing them up to manage highway verge grass cutting and hedge trimming.

Following on from a commitment by the county’s leader, David Hodge, that services for residents should be provided at the most appropriate level, the Cabinet is today (Tuesday 31 January 2012) set to extend the control local councils have to manage “highways horticultural services”.

Ian Lake, the council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “This is only the tip of the iceberg but it is another step towards making sure local services truly match the needs of the community.

“Borough, district and parish councils are clearly best placed to decide how these services are provided and this initiative will not only provide a more tailored service for residents but will also allow us to focus on strategic road issues.”

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Notes to editors:
The Cabinet paper relating to this initiative can be found by following this link.

Media requiring more information should contact Paul Marinko in the county council’s media team on 020 8541 9548 or at paul.marinko@surreycc.gov.uk.

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