READERS may remember that over a year ago I raised the matter of Wiltshire Council’s new main contractor, Balfour Beatty Living Places’ (BBLP), performance on grass cutting, potholes, street cleaning, etc.

This resulted in the establishment of a council scrutiny task group which examined the whole issue in some detail.

The major problem revolved around the need for improved communication with parish and town councils plus the public.

I am happy to say that recent experience indicates ongoing improvement.

The start of grass cutting this year has worked well.

However, we must not be complacent. BBLP has a wide range of contractual responsibilities, therefore a task group will continue its monitoring.

Council and BBLP workers deserve all credit for the extraordinary effort they put in during the flood emergency of recent weeks.

Jeff Osborn, Independent Wiltshire councillor