Is this just a cost-cutting exercise?
Not at all. Whilst ultimately over time this approach may lead to a cost saving for NPT Council, the reduction in frequency of required mowing should allow more resources to be focused on other street care needs, such as litter removal and sign cleaning.
In the short term, although there may be a reduction in cutting in some particular areas at particular times of the year, there is still a cost involved in collecting arisings, maintaining machinery and in some cases, removing arisings from site. There will be no immediate saving to the council from the scheme.