AN angry Selston councillor has criticised Nottinghamshire County Council for what she says is their inability to tackle a growing weed problem in the area.
Coun Gail Turner says parts of the area is being overrun with weeds, including Selston Lane, Jacksdale, where she says hedges have ‘more or less completely taken over the pavement’ meaning disabled people in buggies are unable to pass.
Responsibility for weed control was taken over by Nottinghamshire County Council from Ashfield District Council in April this year.
She said: “As a councillor I find it increasingly difficult and almost impossible to get any work done at all. One of the most disappointing parts of this is weed control or rather the weeds in the area are out of control and even when I complain the job is either not done or not done properly.
“Residential areas are a problem. The council come out and spray, but there are some weeds that are too big and need to be cut and dug out. They have said that it is Ashfield District Council’s responsibility, but I don’t think it is. Weed comtrol is weed control, not weed spraying and it is for them to remove all weeds.
“The weeds are making the area look unkept and residents are not happy about it. The weeds will continue to grow and make cracks in the pavement bigger, it is like a downward spiral. This seems petty, but it is not. As a councillor I work hard to keep Selston clean and tidy and I feel that all the effort I put in is put back by this lack of effort by Nottinghamshire County Council.
“I am very worried that Nottinghamshire Highways department is not coping and I call for highways responsibilities to be returned to Ashfield District Council at the earliest point.”
But Coun Richard Jackson, chairman of the County Council’s highways and transport committee, said they had been handicapped by the bad weather and would be stepping up their efforts in future.
He said: “This summer was officially the wettest for more than 100 years and we’ve been as frustrated as everyone else at the sight of weeds sprouting up everywhere, but conditions really have been against us.”
“For weed-killer to work effectively it has to be applied when there is a period of three consecutive dry days so to have continued spraying during all the torrential rain we had earlier this summer would have been absolutely futile.
“In response to the extremely wet weather the County Council carried out an additional weed spray across the county this autumn, which has now been completed.
“In addition we are putting extra resources into making improvements for next year when we will be cutting highway verges five times a year and strimming on every cut rather than after the second and fourth cuts.”