How we tackle street weeds
We are responsible for weed control across the 856 miles of footway, 852 miles of road and 54 miles of footpaths throughout the borough.
Weeds can grow in between pavements and at the roadside, and can affect the amenity of the local area, but also reproduce and grow quickly, causing damage to drains, pavement and road surfaces if not kept under control. Weed growth is usually affected by the weather with warm, damp conditions creating a surge. The most efficient way to tackle this is by undertaking a borough-wide annual treatment programme to attack any growth.
The herbicide used is only effective against weeds that it comes into contact with, absorbing through the growth that is visible above ground level causing it to die. Weeds will eventually ‘die-back’ and the residue is removed through routine scheduled street cleaning.
How we monitor
We undertake robust monitoring of all contractor activities, including the weed treatment programme. Neighbourhood Officers complete both announced and unannounced inspections of our specialist contractor throughout each application period, each year. In addition, the contractor will undertake their own monitoring inspections.
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