Council Tackles Southport’s Weed Invasion
A blitz on weeds has been launched across Southport after it was revealed that regular spraying to combat the problem had been delayed.
Work to tackle the growing issue of weeds on the town’s streets and pavements comes after the issue was raised with Sefton Council’s highways maintenance team by Cllr David Barton of Dukes ward.
He revealed that the problem had been caused by a break in the council’s weed spraying service delivery earlier this year and delays in procuring a new service provider.
Cllr Barton highlighted a number of areas where the problem was getting out of control and threatening to affect drainage.
Work is now being done in these areas along with the mowing of lawns at Lord Street roundabouts, St Paul’s Square and various other locations such as Westcliffe Road, which was also highlighted by Cllr Barton.
He said: “I raised issue as a matter of urgency as affected roads and streets have weeds and vegetation growing along the kerbsides which in some cases was also beginning to cover the drainage.
“The worst affected roads and streets appear to have been those in direct contact with the sunshine and rain closer to the coastline.
“Thankfully the issues that led to that delay in weed spraying have now been overcome and activity has now recommenced.
“The weeds that subsequently die off will predominantly be removed as part of the routine street cleansing activities.
“I have been assured that there will continue to be a Borough wide weed spray four times per year between March and October.”
The public can raise issues around weeds directly using firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Sefton Call Centre.
The worst affected streets highlighted by Cllr Barton are:
The Promenade (especially along Victorian Railings)
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