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Grass Cutting in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Here to Help Website

Written by on 12 January 2024

Road verges in built-up areas of Newcastle under Lyme will be cut more often if a new deal is approved.

The Borough Council is poised to take on the cutting of road verges in urban areas within its boundaries.

The proposal comes because residents want the verges cut more often than at present by Staffordshire County Council.

If approved by Cabinet next week, the borough council will take over the contract this spring, although the county council will retain responsibility for weed killing.

Presently grass in areas with 40mph speed limits is cut at least six times a year, with an emphasis on road safety rather than tidiness.

In future the borough council would coordinate verge maintenance with existing mowing work and would receive a contribution from the county council for doing so, enabling eight cuts to take place this year.

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Thousands of Staffordshire residents have benefited from help, advice and guidance from the county council’s dedicated cost-of-living campaign.

The ‘Here To Help’ website, first launched by Staffordshire County Council in 2022, collates help available to those struggling with cost-of-living pressures in one place.

The website offers information on eligibility for benefits, help with energy bills, business support, wellness, food and other essentials and accessing help in the community.   Over 21,000 people have visited the website since its launch with a total of more than 71,000 page views.  Here To Help has also signposted residents to pre-existing county council initiatives that provide further cost-of-living support.

Councillor Victoria Wilson, Cabinet member for Communities and Culture said: “As a county council, we want to do everything we can to support people to lead happy and independent lives, but also recognise that some residents may need a little extra hand to help with increasing costs over the colder months.  

“Our Holiday Activity and Food programme has for example has already supported more than 199,000 free sessions for eligible children and our Here to Help campaign has signposted people to the wider financial and community support they may benefit from.  

“We have worked collaboratively with our partners across all the district and borough councils to ensure we can work together to make sure we target people who may need the help and will continue to do so over the winter and spring months.” 

For more information about Staffordshire County Council’s Here To Help cost-of-living campaign, visit Here to help – cost of living support – Staffordshire County Council. 

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