• Jo Appleford-Cook

Council Continues Park Maintenance

Grass cutting and essential maintenance will still be carried out in the borough's parks, open spaces and verges in the coming weeks, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has confirmed. 

The borough council will continue to deliver this work in line with the government’s strict social distancing guidelines with operatives working alone in a safe space away from members of the public. The borough council's parks and open spaces have remained open for people to carry out their daily exercise during the COVID-19 outbreak. To ensure these areas remain safe, clean and a pleasant place for individuals or members from the same household to exercise in, the council’s operations team will continue to maintain them. 

Essential work will also take place where safety is an issue and to ensure the ongoing maintenance of certain sports facilities, such as cricket wickets and the bowling green at Stratton Park, which require regular, specialist attention.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “We are now into the cutting season and the grass will grow very quickly in our parks and open spaces, which are being used for daily exercise by people living nearby. Working independently and observing the government’s social distancing guidance, we will continue to maintain these areas to reduce the chances of ticks in long grass and to enable people to clear up any dog mess left by their dog. For road safety reasons, we will also cut verges on highways to maintain sight lines. This is a changing picture and the safety of our team and the public is of paramount importance. We will continue to monitor the situation, while observing the guidance from government, but feel we can safely carry out this work for the benefit of people using these spaces for exercise.” The borough council’s Safe Space campaign is reminding people to exercise safely if cycling, running or walking in public by keeping at least two metres away from each other. Residents are also being told not to meet up with friends following the latest guidance around gatherings of more than two people, except for family members from the same house. The council’s community safety patrol officers are working closely with the police and taking appropriate action to break up any gatherings in public areas.

For more information about the council’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/coronavirus

Krissy Lloyd