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Bear with us as non-priority work is temporarily delayed, says council

by Gemma Melling

“Bear with us”: that’s the message from Knowsley Council to its residents as it continues to deal the Covid19 pandemic. Council officers are working around the clock to maintain essential services and support for the community at this time.

That means that some non-priority work is being temporarily delayed to ensure that we can continue to deliver essential services such as household, recycling and garden waste collections, litter bin emptying, removal of dog fouling and clean up the increasing incidences of fly tipping.

These changes include a temporary delay to our grass cutting operations on verges and green spaces. A priority-based grass cutting operation is underway to maintain as many parks and key open spaces as possible for people to use as part their daily permitted exercise.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities & Neighbourhoods said: “Our workforce is incredibly stretched and officers are working so hard to keep services running and to ensure our residents are supported through this difficult time. What that means for us is prioritising the services and support that matters the most, at the moment.

“For example, we are really proud to have been able to maintain all three (household, recycling & gardening) waste collections and we are diverting all our grass cutting operations to focus delivering these essential services. We will be cutting the grass at as many parks and key open spaces as possible for people to use as part their daily permitted exercise.

“The vast majority of our residents are really appreciative of the efforts we are making at this time but we are starting to see a number of complaints coming through. This week we have particularly seen a spike in messages around grass cutting by the roadside as the combination of good weather and rain has led to lots of new growth.

“Our message is clear – please bear with us – our staff are doing their very best and all our grass cutting operations have been diverted to focus on our parks and open spaces which we know people are using as part of their daily permitted exercise.”