Phil said he was not against cutting verges
for safety reasons at junctions or on one side of some single track roads, but added that all the other areas with wild flowers should only be cut twice, in May and then in September again.
Councillor Michelle Campbell said:"The grass had been getting churned up by vehicles parking and driving along the verges
, this created huge ruts of mud and water and generally impacted on the way the area looked.
He said: "Three years on from planting the wildflowers on the grassed verges
along Cefn Road, the wildflowers are still looking great and also helping biodiversity.
Rural routes between towns and villages are cut in single one-metre swathes along straight roads and cut further back into junctions to ensure clear visibility - although the majority of highway verges
are the responsibility of the council, some are privately owned, and some are managed by contractors on the council's behalf.
Cllr Louise Baldock, member for Parkfield and Oxbridge, wanted a strong campaign against verge
parking - with warnings a "big, horrible fine" would follow for those who did it.
PLANT Life has been campaigning to get councils to adopt a more progressive hedgerow and verge
He said: "Would you instruct council drivers and contractors, not to park on grass verges
?" Coun Ward replied: "We place great importance on grass verges
in this city.
"A cycle of cutting on grass verges
ensures their regeneration and is the best method to ensure any flowering plants aren't blocked by hardier grass plants.
The "nitrogen guzzlers", which also include cow parsley and creeping buttercup, thrive in nitrogen-rich soils caused in part by pollution from road traffic which settles on road verges
, wildlife charity Plantlife said.
The county has more than 2,000 miles of road -- the second highest of Wales's 22 authorities -- many with verges
and hedges which must be trimmed.
A local resident tweeted pictures of the damage done to verges
in Ings Way, Lepton, after the grass cutting - showing tyre marks from the sit-on mower scarring the verges
and leaving muddy tracks on the pavements.