Millbrook Grass Cutting and Village maintenance – Extended consultation period to 11th August 2023

Jul 28, 2023 | Community News, Council News

The  Parish Council would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our survey so far and those parishioners who attended our full council meeting on 18th July 2023.  These are the actions the Council agreed to take forward:

  • Extended Consultation period: To ensure those who do not use the internet have a chance to participate, the consultation period has been extended to 11th August 2023.  Information has been placed on the Council’s notice boards and Parish Councillors will be available at the Millbrook Meet ups (Fridays 9 -12 in the Village Hall) to chat to parishioners.
  • Lakeside actions: Take immediate action by extending the cutting by the lakeside on a small stretch where there are visibility issues.   The Councils’ contractor was in the meeting and agreed to complete this work as soon as possible.
  • Tractor park: Arrange for the banks to be cut on the multiplay unit and the ivy removed underneath the crawling net. This work was completed on 19th July 2023.
  • Roadside verges:  Make it clearer to parishioners who is responsible for maintenance of what areas in the village by adding more information and a map to the Council’s website. The Parish Council does not have control over the roadside verges but does pass on concerns to Cornwall Council.  The Parish Council voted unanimously in support of CC Kate Ewert’s proposal to Cormac for the planting of yellow rattle on the roadside verges; please see CC Kate Ewert’s report  https://millbrook-pc.gov.uk/cornwall-councillor-kate-ewert-report-june-2023/ .  More details will be provided when we receive them.

We are continuing to receive feedback on a daily basis.

Parishioners are welcome to send anonymous feedback via email: enquiries@millbrook-pc.gov.uk

or

  • publish your comments on our website  (please note comments are moderated for spam or offensive content during working hours only and will not therefore appear on the site immediately.)
  • or complete our survey:

https://millbrook-pc.gov.uk/millbrook-grass-cutting-and-village-maintenance-survey/

Once the public consultation has ended, the Council will collate all the responses. A public meeting will be held on  16th September  2023 from 2pm, in the Village Hall where information about how we currently manage the open spaces under our control and why some areas are left wild will be on display and the Council’s contractor will be available to answer questions. The Council will then take into account the opinions of participating parishioners and the advice given by local plant and wildlife experts before making any decisions about changes to its current grass cutting regime.

 

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Andrew Hancock

    The area around the lake looks terrible, no mow may seemed to go on way too long. The end result was very long dead grass that the rat population seemed to quite like. The long grass also resulted in restricted visibility in many areas of the village as others have already commented. Benches that were unusable due to grass growing through the seats & no views to enjoy either.
    The long grass also gives some dog walkers the excuse not to pick up as I can only assume they think it doesn’t matter.

    Some of the larger trees have been allowed to grow across the road & the busses have been knocking the branches, that coupled with the stormy weather, is an accident waiting to happen. This risk needs to be addressed and managed. I have noticed this week the tree on New Road has had some remedial work to it after large branches came down last weekend, whoever carried out this work has thrown what was taken down over the fence, why didn’t they take the debris away, or are they returning at a later date?
    In & around the lake more fallen branches litter the area, is this going to be sorted?

    The buddleia’s totally taking over areas of the village, the weeds; some growing up to window height & beyond.

    We live in a lovely area that looks totally neglected & run down & it is such a shame. We need to take some pride in the village & sort things out.

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  2. Parish Clerk

    FEEDBACK COLLECTED FROM THE MILLBROOK VILLAGE HALL USER 1ST AUGUST 2023

    I like the long grass, the flowers, the insects and that people care about the village. I like that people are still able to use it for families and children to play, have picnics and walk dogs to benefit family life and mental health which is also important. A balance seems a healthy approach – informed balance.

    Thank you for look after our local environment and also providing space for families and people.

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  3. Parish Clerk

    FEEDBACK COLLECTED FROM THE MILLBROOK VILLAGE HALL USER 1ST AUGUST 2023

    DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS RELATING TO THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING MAINTENANCE CONTRACT?
    – Generally, I like the idea of leaving grass verges to grow. Good for wildlife. However I worry about some instances where it is impeding visibility for drivers.

    ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING CONTRACT?
    – I would like it cut regularly on Southdown Road by the lake.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS REGARDING THE GENERAL VILLAGE MAINTENANCE?
    – If you ae driving out of the village down Southdown Road the long grass impedes visibility. Makes it difficult because of giving way to oncoming traffic.

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  4. Parish Clerk

    FEEDBACK COLLECTED FROM THE RAME CENTRE 3RD AUGUST 2023

    DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS RELATING TO THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING MAINTENANCE CONTRACT?
    – OK

    ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING CONTRACT?
    – No suggestions

    DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS REGARDING THE GENERAL VILLAGE MAINTENANCE?
    – Great place to live – colourful & full of flowers

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  5. Parish Clerk

    FEEDBACK COLLECTED FROM THE RAME CENTRE 3RD AUGUST 2023

    DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS RELATING TO THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING MAINTENANCE CONTRACT?
    – Not done often enough. Cemetery a disgrace.

    ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING CONTRACT?

    DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS REGARDING THE GENERAL VILLAGE MAINTENANCE?
    – Long grass on verges is dangerous for drivers. To preserve insects etc. is ridiculous, we live in the countryside!!!

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  6. Parish Clerk

    FEEDBACK COLLECTED FROM THE RAME CENTRE 3RD AUGUST 2023

    DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS RELATING TO THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING MAINTENANCE CONTRACT?
    – No

    ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING CONTRACT?
    – Yes. I like the long grasses. I haven’t noticed they are a problem along the roadside.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS REGARDING THE GENERAL VILLAGE MAINTENANCE?
    – The ‘very long weeds’ by the walls of homes that abut the pavement should be kept clear. I don’t mind a few dandelions but when they get in the away of walking on the pavements…? Keep them clear!

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  7. Parish Clerk

    FEEDBACK COLLECTED FROM THE RAME CENTRE 3RD AUGUST 2023

    DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS RELATING TO THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING MAINTENANCE CONTRACT?
    – I understand the desire to leave grass long for ecology reasons. However, the verge along the main road from Millbrook to Southdown, when the grass is long, is a serious hazard for drivers and potentially pedestrians. As a driver, you cannot see far enough, safely enough. It is a potential serious safety hazard. Please keep it cut.

    ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE COUNCIL’S GRASS CUTTING CONTRACT?
    – Generally yes, however see above. We live in the country. Leave the rest of the verges long around the lake – they are lovely and most useful.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS REGARDING THE GENERAL VILLAGE MAINTENANCE?

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