Published: 19 September 2023
Following reports that weed spraying on kerb lines on estate roads had been missed in some locations we raised the matter with the Staffs CC Highway Liaison Officer who supplied information on the Spray Programme.
This map shows that Barton is in the ‘E1’ area and the spraying dates are given in the schedule.
Having looked at estate roads around the village we find that all locations have received a spray as weeds are clearly dying back; but that in some areas this is patchy and sections have been missed.
This seems to be worse on estates where there are more cars parked on pavements so it's likely that the sprayers couldn't access those sections.
The herbicide is having a good 'take' on grass - less so on other weed species. So it's likely that it's a fairly weak solution of Glyphosate - which is one of the safest weed killers to use in a public place.
We received the statement below on weed spraying from the County Council:
Weed spraying is a routine maintenance operation undertaken to mitigate structural damage to highway infrastructure and/or for safety/visibility reasons. It is not carried out to improve the aesthetics of an area.
Weed spraying treatment will take place between June and August. In rural areas, for roads with a speed limit of 40 mph and above, existing weeds along the kerb and channel will be treated. In urban areas for roads with a speed limit of 30 mph and below, we will spray the kerb, channel and the back of the footway (pavement) where a hard edge such as a fence or wall exists, if weeds are present
Due to regulations associated with the toxicity of weed spraying chemicals, the solution used by our contractors is very mild and is only effective on growing plants. Spraying is therefore only undertaken where weeds are present, and the solution’s effectiveness can be drastically reduced if rainfall occurs after treatment. We do not have the resources to carry out additional weed spray visits.
Some district/borough councils undertake weed spraying operations in advance of their urban grass cutting programmes particularly around street furniture, to avoid the need for strimming operations.
Injurious weed control
In Staffordshire, injurious weeds are treated in accordance with a programme. Our control methods for injurious weeds are used to address known locations where there are accumulations of Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam or Giant Hogweed.
Concerns about significant accumulations of injurious weeds on Staffordshire’s highway network can be reported directly using the myStaffs app or Report It. In most cases however it is likely that we are already aware of the site and already have a regime in place to treat the location.
To find further details of the weed control programme in your area please see the programmes page.
The schedule indicates there is a further visit to be done at the end of the growing season and in the meantime we will raise the issue of 'patchy' applications with the SCC Highways Community Liaison Officer and our County Councillor.