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GRASS verges are becoming more overgrown after the recent wet weather.

Havant, East Hampshire and Winchester councils have said they are struggling to keep verges properly maintained.

A combination of extremely wet weather and warm temperatures has resulted in grass growing far more quickly than it would normally and the wet conditions cause mowers to block when they do try to cut it.

Staff who are responsible for managing the grass cutting admit that the current situation is the worst it’s been for at least a decade.

Mark Bailey, East Hampshire’s contract manager, said: ‘The grass cutting programme is usually different every year because of the weather conditions and we have to be as flexible as possible.

‘However, this year it is a real problem matching the available resources with the timing of the cuts required and the wet conditions are causing real practical difficulties with the equipment. This is a problem being experienced across the country and we can only apologise to residents.’