Thank you to everyone who has submitted comments regarding the Parish Council grass cutting and general village maintenance.
PLEASE NOTE MILLBROOK PARISH COUNCIL ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ROADSIDE VERGES (INCLUDING THE VERGES ALONG NEW ROAD).
CORNWALL COUNCIL ARE RESPONSIBILE FOR THE ROADSIDE VERGES.
We have been made aware of a comment that the post was ‘hidden’ in the website. This is because we have had to upload documents and information relating to Millbrook Skatepark to support a funding application. The Parish Council website does have a search facility but show that the post information appears on the front page a new post has been created
The Parish Council is advertising for an additional caretaker. If you are interested in the position please get in touch – Part-time Caretaker job vacancy | Millbrook Parish Council (millbrook-pc.gov.uk). Please forward share the job advertisement with anyone you think would be interested in applying.
We have been made aware of a comment that the post was ‘hidden’ in the website. This is because we have had to upload documents relating to Millbrook Skatepark to support a funding application. The Parish Council website does have a search facility but in order to make the information more accessible for everyone a new post has been created.
The grass cutting contract can be viewed here.
Information relating to the grass verges, which are maintained by Cornwall Council can be viewed here. Please see Cornwall Councillor Kate Ewert’s report for an update on ‘yellow rattle’ on the grass verges.
Comments on feedback published on the website to date are shown on this document – https://millbrook-pc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Grass-cutting-and-village-maintenance-comments-20230712.pdf
The Parish Council has also received some feedback from parishioners who do not wish to submit a comment on line. For transparency the comments are shown below and will be included in a final report to the Parish Council but names will be redacted:
- I didn’t wish to comment on line about the grass cutting around the lake. I think that the natural look is very lovely early in the year but would think that when the seed is set and the birds have finished nesting in late July the areas around the lake could be mown. The field along New Road is fine as it is.The email prompted me to complain about the state of the village streets with weeds growing between the houses and the road. I know home owners should take responsibility for this but can the Council clean these areas up.
- Thank you for asking our opinion.
i agree with the grass being left long, UNCUT, around the lake for our local wildlife.I think it only needs to be cut on by the viewing benches and on one part, for safety, on the bend after the chemist, after the mind the ducks sign, so there is a view of traffic and pedestrians coming round the bend. Maybe this is the verge that isnt your concern?I think this is the compromise between the 2 arguments cut or not to cut. Just cut in certain places. To keep it safe, keep the views and support nature.Cutting it all makes it look neat but does not make it feel nice.. if we lose our bees butterflies and nesting birds. We need to protect nature for our generations to enjoy like we did.Many thanks for taking on our views.
- After chatting with you the other day I just wanted to say I see absolutely nothing wrong with how any of the grass has been cut around the lakeside, the grass verges by the road or in the recreational areas (though I didn’t see much of that area in my walk this morning).
Whilst I appreciate that many of the residents might appreciate the natural aesthetic of things being “wild” or overgrown, during my studies I learned that when approaching ecology management, necessary pruning, or removal of overgrown plant life actually helps promote better growth and development of the wider ecology of an area. I also think it helps mean less rubbish is caught in it and allows for the wildlife to build new nests, thus developing the wildlife in the region further.
It may seem like a severe haircut for the lake and surrounding areas, but it will grow back to it’s natural look by the arrival of the masses of tourists we get during late July and August, so I cannot see that it would even cost the village in tourism trade.
I trust my local Parish Council in these matters and despite other people’s bellyaching, I know these decisions are not made flippantly and much thought goes into it all. Thank you for doing your part in making Millbrook a wonderful place to live.
- I walk in Millbrook park and Lake daily with my dogs,
I love the way the grass is being maintained and have noticed the increase in wild flowers and pollinators (I will try to send you some pics that I have taken)
Since the grass and brambles have been left to grow there is significant more numbers of ringlet butterflies,
I have also spoken with visitors who come to our park to see the bird life especially in the bramble thickets that are breeding there.
The only problem I find is the grass verges by the road needs to be kept shorter so that drivers view is clear the turning to the football club from Southdown still has very high vegetation by the road signs that obstructs drivers view coming out onto the road