As problems with the weed control programme in the City
intensify, one Councillor has discovered that contractors may have been using
the wrong type of weed killer.
The approved weed-killer is Glyphosate
(Roundup). This has proved to be ineffective against many types of weeds including
Horses (Mares) Tail and willow-herb.
Cllr Mark Warters has found that use of the “Diamond”
formulation on Mares Tail in his ward has had good results. He is urging the
Council to use it in the future.
news comes as residents wait to hear when – or even if – the Council is going
to organise a clean up of the weeds and detritus which has grown up on the City’s
streets this summer.
a report to an October meeting has been promised more urgent action is needed.
was that the executive Councillor with responsibility for street services would
have reported on progress to the scrutiny meeting which is due to take place on
However a report to the meeting published yesterday pointedly makes no reference to the ongoing problems on our streets.
All these issues have been reported to the York Council for their attention
New road sweeper
Weed killing by quad bike
After a poor few years there are signs that some of the street level public services provided by the York Council are beginning to improve.
Last year saw parts of the City engulfed in weeds.
This year a quad bike is already zipping round the area applying weed killer to paths and gutters.
Blocked drainage gulley in Hammerton Close
Litter and detritus is also another major problem as these photos show.
We hope that the new specialist street sweeping machines (above left) will soon make an impact…and that the Council has thought through how it will cleanse difficult to access areas.
We hope that the York Council will also make its street cleansing – and weed control – timetables available on their web site. Taxpayers should know how often they can expect their streets to be swept
Detritus at Grange Lane cycle path entrance
Detritus in Chapelfields Road garage area
Litter in Walton Place snicket
We continue to report any issues that we see using the excellent “Fix my Street” web site