Aug 23 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
KEEPING the borough’s grass verges and green spaces neat and tidy has proved a difficult task because of the weather, an environmental boss has said.
Harrow Council is asking Harrovians to bear with it because workers have fallen behind with its three weekly trimming schedules at some locations.
The blame is being placed on the heavy rainfall since April which left the ground too soft and damp for mowers to move around without the risk of either becoming stuck and needing to be recovered, or damaging the earth underfoot.
John Edwards, Harrow Council’s divisional director for environment services, said: “We know that the presentation of our streets and communities is very important to our residents.
“Unfortunately the weather is out of our control, but I’d like to reassure everybody that this is something that the council is working hard to sort out, and our grassy areas will be clean and tidy once again as soon as possible.”
The Labour-led authority said it has had to wait for sites to dry out before recommencing the cutting but the recent warm weather, combined with excessive rain, had led to rapid growth in many of the grassy areas and the worst affected areas are being prioritised.
The mowing cycle is taking about five weeks to complete and is a temporary arrangement with the regular schedule due to be restored soon.