Safety-conscious Horsington mower relaxes
after a hard morning’s work
Here’s a real turf war.
The South Somerset District Council has suddenly started taking an interest in Horsington Parish churchyard and the surrounding grass areas.
They abruptly stopped maintaining it in 1991 without explanation or consultation, and the Parish took it over, mowing it to a very high standard, thanks to the noble efforts of two parish councillors.
Faced with job cuts, and threats to their livelihood, the jobsworths from the SSDC turned up unannounced at the last Parish Council meeting in a bid to secure the work.
The Parish Council said it was more than satisfied with the work and there was no need to change anything. Then the SSDC played the elfin safety card. Apparently Somerset’s hospitals are clogged with mutilated graveyard mowers, and only registered contractors have the necessary skills and insurance cover to carry out this task without causing carnage.
The SSDC kindly offered to take over this dangerous work at, it is rumoured, more than double the cost, passing on the extra burden to Horsington’s residents and without any guarantee that the churchyard would receive a trim and tidy up before each wedding or baptism, as it does at present.
The Parish Council was unmoved, and the work will continue to be carried out beautifully and cost-effectively by our own very skilled and well-insured people. Well done!
PS. The last time the SSDC insisted that only registered contractors could work in Horsington, the Village School received an expensive and substandard kitchen, despite the willingness of many skilled local volunteers to do the work.
Did someone say “Big Society”- Ed