Advice for residents on maintaining areas of land not owned by the council.
We currently maintain a large number of grass and landscaped areas in local communities, including some where we don't own the land.
As a result of ongoing reductions to our annual budget, we cannot afford to continue to maintain land which we do not own. It's important that we tell you what you need to do now.
As part of the budget setting process for 2020/21, the council decided to stop cutting grass in those locations. This means that, after the final grass cut of the season in early October 2020, it will be the responsibility of the landowners to maintain these areas.
What you need to do
Use our online location map to find out where we will no longer cut the grass.
If any of these locations are near your property and you want them to be maintained in future, you will firstly need to find out who is the landowner.
You can do this by
- checking the title deeds for your property, or
- contacting the Land Register of Scotland.
If the area of land is part of your property, there are a number of options:
- you can maintain the land yourself
- arrange for a company to maintain the land for you, or
- decide not to maintain the land in future.
If you decide not to take any action to maintain land within your property, its condition and any resulting issues would be your responsibility.
If the land is owned jointly by you and other neighbouring properties, you could arrange for a factor to manage the maintenance on your behalf. This would involve each responsible landowner contributing towards the cost of the maintenance work.
You can find information on how to appoint a factor at:
We appreciate that these areas of land have historically been maintained by the council and our decision may have an impact on you and your neighbours. We understand this is frustrating, however, in the current financial situation, we are simply unable to continue to provide this service. Any savings made will be reinvested in other vital services.
We are providing this information to allow you time to make arrangements for any areas of land that you own before the growing season next spring.