Southampton City Council’s Cabinet members have supported the decision to fully reinstate the grass cutting schedule for the city’s parks and open spaces, which will recommence on Monday 27 April.
Alongside this, the city's award winning parks will benefit from the full reintroduction of shrub bed maintenance and planting.
The mowing of grass in public areas was greatly reduced on Tuesday 31 March as one of the many lockdown measures that have been undertaken by Local Authorities to safeguard staff and residents, and to help prioritise the delivery of services against any issues of staff sickness and self-isolation.
Parks and open spaces in Southampton will now receive a Springtime spruce-up in line with the government’s recent advice to councils that they must keep parks open during the coronavirus lockdown.
The guidance highlights that lockdown measures are much harder for people who do not have gardens or open spaces for children to run around in, and residents who are out exercising should be able to do so in a safe and well-maintained environment.
The council’s City Services staff are key frontline workers who cannot carry out their duties working from home. Operatives will observe the strict social distancing guidelines while working and will clear obstructions and dog fouling and expose drain covers prior to the full grass cutting schedule being safely reimplemented.
Cabinet Member for Place and Transport, Councillor Jacqui Rayment, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our Grounds Maintenance and Horticultural crews for their commitment and hard work, ahead of them picking up the normal schedule for maintaining our award winning green spaces around Southampton.
“The work they do provides residents with a safe environment to get out and let off steam with their daily exercise, during this period of lockdown.
“If you’re using one of the city’s many parks, please ensure you’re staying two metres away from anyone else around you. Please help to keep the city clean by taking your litter home with you.”