Council action on weeds branded ‘poor’, as Partnership demands new measures on weed control

Over recent months, weeds in parts of the city have overgrown to unacceptable levels and it is clear that the Council’s response to this issue needs to improve.



In response, the Liberal Democrat and Green Partnership have requested urgent consideration of weed control in the city, so that improved action can be taken by the Council to improve the local environment by removing the weeds and clearing street detritus.


An urgent item on weed control, to both consider how to ensure our current contract matches expectations and any additional measures, has been added to the Council’s Forward Plan and will be taken to a decision session of the Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change.


Councillor Paula Widdowson, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, commented:


“As the new administration at the Council, we are disappointed by the Council’s response to tacking weeds in the city and this can be improved. It is clear in my mind that our communities deserve better than the service they are currently receiving.”


“Having invested in frontline services and ensuring that this budget was not reduced, it is disappointing that expectations have not been met.  That is why we have demanded that the Council brings forward an urgent report to consider all options on how best we can improve the Council’s response to weed control across the city in both the short and long term.”


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