Council to Take Action on Problematic Weeds

Published Friday, 20th September 2019
The Town Hall in Rotherham
Rotherham Town Hall

Rotherham Council is set to start work on extra weed clearances this week following feedback from the public.

Areas including Todwick, Kimberworth, Thrybergh and Rawmarsh will benefit as the council’s Streetpride team head out to remove overgrown and problematic weeds from roads, central reservations, pavements and roundabouts.

Council staff have been removing weeds by hand from shopping areas and district centres, but this next stage of the work will require some temporary road closures to enable staff to work safely in the highway.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities, Cllr Sarah Allen, says “Weeds can affect the appearance of our town, create problems with visibility at road junctions and cause damage to surfaces and buildings.

“Following the weather we have had over the summer, which has seen a lot of growth, and feedback from the public we understand that weeds can be a cause of frustration. We are putting in place plans to clear a number of areas across the borough between now and the end of the year, especially in prominent locations.

“I want to thank motorists in particular for their patience whilst this work is undertaken.”

Weed spraying is already carried out in the spring and summer months. Once an area has been sprayed it takes roughly two to three weeks for weeds to die off, however weeds will show through between treatments and this next stage of work will focus on removal by hand.