Progress continues on grass-cutting and weed treatment programmes

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Progress continues on grass-cutting and weed treatment programmes

Post by Wirral Council News » Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:49 pm

Staff are pulling out all the stops to help Wirral Council get weed treatment and grass cutting operations back on track after an enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Significant progress has been made since workers resumed operations when lockdown restrictions eased, with areas being prioritised. But the council acknowledges that there is still much to do to bring other pavements and grassed areas up to standard.

The schedule had fallen nearly three months behind while the country was in full lockdown to minimise the potential for the spread of Covid-19.

In that time, the grass and weeds had grown significantly which meant that even when crews were able to get out and start treatment and/or cutting, it was taking significantly longer. In wet conditions, it was also proving more difficult for crews to work to the maximum effect.

However, the council and its contractor’s Mancoed have been using a range of techniques to address problem areas, including deploying workers to manually scrape up weeds in areas where spraying was either not possible due to weather conditions or inappropriate due to their location.

Cllr Julie McManus, Cabinet member for Community Services, said: “I understand the frustration and impatience of residents to see their areas tidied up; we’re residents too, we see the same things as they do.

“However, people need to not lose sight of the reality we all faced between March and June when we were at the height of emergency health measures and all but essential services had to be suspended.

“In the circumstances, our staff and the team from Mancoed, who look after weed treatment, are doing their very best. Firstly they have addressed issues on key routes – highway verges on main roads and where tall grass was posing safety concerns and now they are moving onto more residential areas.


“There are extra staff working longer shifts, including into the evenings and over the weekends, to speed up the catch-up programme and we are grateful for their efforts. I urge residents in areas that have not yet been done to remain patient, they are working through as quickly as they can.”


Residents can check when grass cutting was last done in their area or the schedule for weed spraying on the Wirral Council website.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Fri, 28 Aug 2020 www.wirral.gov.uk

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