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Basildon Council wastes £150,000 measuring height of their grass

Grassclippings - Grass HeightTown hall chiefs spent £150,000 on accurately measuring the height of grass, shrubs and hedges in all of their green spaces, it was revealed today.

Basildon Council in Essex said it needs the nine-month exercise ahead of a re-tendering next year - with English Landscapes, which has cut the grass since 2010, coming to the end of its contract.

Land surveying firm Atlantic Geomatics, based in Penrith, Cumbria, has now been hired to measure the borough’s greenery so the council can specify the height at which it must be mowed.

Nigel Smith, leader of Basildon’s opposition Labour group, which opposed the council privatising the service in 2010, said the expenditure ‘does sound like a bit of a shambles’.

He added: ‘We opposed the privatisation of the contract in the first place, and I think we have been proved right.
It would have been so much better if it was council staff carrying out these jobs.

‘One hundred and fifty thousand pounds is a load of money to be paying out on top of a contract to another company afterwards and you need to wonder about the competency of the council.’

Read more on The Daily Mail

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