MEQ- Southgate Circus Cleaning

Dear Cllr Stephanos Ioannou,
Case Reference: 101000096281

Thank you for your enquiry about weeds on Southgate Circus

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you, but the enquiry field was incorrectly selected and it was sent to the wrong department, with it being reallocated to me on Tuesday this week

Street Cleansing are responsible for weed removal from all hard surfaces and pavements on the public highway, but not verges or planted areas.

We as an authority use a glyphosate based weedkillers in the form of pre mixed chemicals distributed by electronic Controlled Droplet Applicators (CDA’s) which allow accuracy of coverage.

The chemical does require a growing leaf in order to work and is rapidly inactivated on reaching the soil ensuring it does not contaminate nearby planting, or grassed areas.

This type of chemical is only used as a spot spray on growing weeds, which means any new germinating weed will continue to grow in the same area and because of this there is a need to spray the whole of the public highway network on a continually rotating basis throughout the season.

All roads and footpaths will generally get 3 or sometimes 4 sprays per annum, dependant on the weather.

Weeds will generally take 2 – 3 weeks to die off and once dead should be removed by the cleansing team

The senior chargehand for the area has programmed in the removal of weeds from this location and if not completed already, will be done so in the very near future

Operatives working in this location have also been reminded of their duties regarding weed removal

Yours sincerely

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