Father and son help community

Notts County Council have launched an initiative for villages to have their own lengthsmen to take care of the grass verges and hedgerows, Notts County Council deputy leader Coun Martin Suthers with Harworth and Bircotes lenghthsmen Matt Brearley and David Brearley and Harworth deputy town clerk Helen Rodger (w120801-4c)
Notts County Council have launched an initiative for villages to have their own lengthsmen to take care of the grass verges and hedgerows, Notts County Council deputy leader Coun Martin Suthers with Harworth and Bircotes lenghthsmen Matt Brearley and David Brearley and Harworth deputy town clerk Helen Rodger (w120801-4c)

A FATHER and son have been put to work in Harworth and Bircotes as Notts County Council look to revive the traditional role of a parish Lengthsman in a bid to give local communities more say in the upkeep of their surroundings.

Lengthsmen Matt and David Brearley are the first to be involved in the scheme in Notts and will now be maintaining the weeds, grass and hedges by the roadside in the villages.

The term ‘lengthsman’ dates back to medieval times when he was required to ‘walk the length of the parish’, to ensure that the ditches and drains were clear.

Notts County Council say that the pilot could create up to four jobs for local people in their own communities, while a wider roll-out could create as many as 40.

“A lengthsman scheme will be of considerable benefit to local communities,” says Coun Martin Suthers, deputy leader of the County Council.

“It will ensure that local concerns are acted upon quickly, nipping minor problems in the bud before they become significant and costly issues, and with a quick response time for urgent local matters.”

“It will also provide local employment opportunities and is part of the Government’s localism agenda where communities become more involved and take pride in their areas.”

Bassetlaw MP John Mann added: “This is a good and innovative use of council funds.”

“The lengthsmen will be doing the jobs that often get forgotten and ignored in local areas and this will help develop community pride and enjoyment in where we live. Congratulations to David and Matthew – it’s great that you can make such a difference in places like Harworth”.