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Cheshire Council ban the use of Strimmers

Council Strimmer Ban for WorkersA council responsible for trimming grass verges around the multi-million pound mansions of some of Britain's wealthiest footballers and actors has been branded 'barmy' after it announced it was banning strimmers over health and safety fears.

Gardening staff at Cheshire East Council maintain public spaces outside expensive homes in the 'golden triangle' footballer belt of Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, and Prestbury, as a well as the upmarket towns of Macclesfield and Nantwich.


Until now they have used strimmers to keep difficult areas, that cannot be reached by lawnmowers, looking neat and tidy.But yesterday it emerged maintenance staff have been told to use weedkiller instead – because 'flying stones and debris' from strimmers could hit passersby or damage the flash cars of affluent residents.

The area is home to scores of high profile footballers and managers, including England captain Wayne Rooney and ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, as well as Coronation Street veterans, Barbara Knox and Bill Roache.

In some areas average house prices top £1.5million, with Prestbury boasting the most expensive street in the North of England.

Yesterday some locals branded the plans 'over the top' and said they were more concerned about gardeners using weedkillers in their streets.


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