Source: News release from St Albans City Council on 6 April 2018
A new programme for clearing weeds from roads and pavements in the St Albans District starts in April – and you can keep an eye on the results. Residents can report weeds, check what streets are due to be treated and when the work is due to go ahead on a new webpage: http://bit.ly/2GCHAmc
It will take around four weeks for the weeds to perish after being sprayed and they will then be removed by street cleaners. After that, residents will be able to see for themselves if the clean-up has been successful. The programme is being undertaken by St Albans City and District Council to improve the look of neighbourhoods particularly during the growth seasons of spring and summer.
The Council has taken over the responsibility for weeds management across the District from Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), the highway authority. HCC agreed to devolve its legal duty and associated funding to the District Council for a trial period of a year. As part of the new programme, the District Council will continue to cover all the built-up areas that HCC concentrated on. Some rural roads which have not been treated for several years will be given a deep clean. Weed treatment will also be better co-ordinated with street sweeping contractor Veolia to make sure any detritus is removed quickly. The frequency of treatment will also increase from two to three times a year where necessary.
The District Council and HCC will monitor the impact of the new weeds management programme until March next year and take on board feedback. It will continue with the new arrangements if they are judged to be a success. If the project does not meet expectations, responsibility for weeds will revert back to HCC.
The (weather dependent) schedule is:
City Centre and Central Areas: 28th April 2018
New Green, Batchwood and Inner Marshalswick: 1st May 2018
Jersey Farm, Outer Marshalswick and Oaklands to Fleetville: 4th May 2018
Oaklands to Fleetville, Highfield and Camp: 7th May 2018
King Harry, Cottonmill and Whitecroft: 10th May 2018
Harpenden, West: 14th May 2018
Harpenden North: 15th May 2018
Harpenden East: 16th May 2018
Batford and Wheathampsted: 21st May 2018
London Colney and Colney Heath, Smallford: 23rd May 2018
Chiswell Green and Park Street: 24th May 2018
Redbourn: 25th May 2018