The majority of grass verges adjacent to roads, are within the public highway, and therefore come under the responsibility of Somerset County Council as the Highway Authority.
In fulfilling its responsibilities as the Highway Authority, Somerset County Council is required to keep verges safe and unobstructed. This is particularly important at road junctions where clear visibility for motorists and pedestrians is paramount.
High Amenity Verges - Urban Areas
West Somerset Council acts as an agent for Somerset County Council and manages/carries out work on a 10 to 14 day cycle throughout the growing season. This management cycle ensures aesthetically high standards of maintenance which is required in the urban areas. Particularly in Minehead, Alcombe, Williton, Watchet, Dulverton and also in some of the villages.
Verges - Rural Areas
Somerset County Council employ contractors to cut roadside verges/banks and hedges. Because cutting is for visibility purposes only and not for aesthetic reasons, grass areas are only cut between once and three times per year depending on location.
In rural areas, a number of grass verges have rare and endangered species of flora, here the grass cutting regime is tailored to suit.
Somerset County Council is also aware that certain notifiable weeds such as Ragwort and Japanese Knotweed, need to be controlled by seasonal pulling (Ragwort) or selective spraying (Knotweed).
Visit the Somerset County Council website for more information on their responsibilities.