Baroness Pinnock grasses up ‘hand-washing’ cabinet

COUNCILLORS “washed their hands” of controversial changes to grass cutting last week.

Coun Kath Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton) made the claim after the Labour cabinet passed a review back to officials.

The decision to reduce public space grass cutting across the district was ‘called in’ for scrutiny.

A panel of councillors ruled there was not enough detail or consultation with residents in the plans.

But the cabinet, rather than make changes directly, agreed to delegate any reforms.

Coun Pinnock said: “They said they’re not going to change anything about decisions already made.”

The baroness, a life peer, added that district committees may be left having to “fiddle” with the scheme locally.

It comes after grass cutting was slashed in changes agreed at the February budget meeting.

Parks and open spaces were rated as gold, silver, bronze or natural, with gold getting cut most frequently.

It caused uproar in Mirfield where, after it came into force, residents mowed public areas themselves.

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