Extra highways gangs will be out across Hampshire from today (Monday 11 July) to tackle the excessive vegetation growth brought on by recent warm, wet weather.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said: “It’s fair to say the weather has not been on our side this summer, and weeds have flourished in the warm and very wet weather.
“Overgrown vegetation affecting sight lines and safety on the roads is always dealt with as an emergency, and I would urge residents to report this to us as soon as they can. While weeds growing elsewhere on roads and footways are not dangerous, they are certainly unsightly and I would like to reassure residents that there will be extra highways crews out now until the end of the growing season to get this under control.”
Weeds are treated using a non-residual glyphosphate based herbicide. This is more friendly to the environment and prevents growth. This treatment normally takes place over the summer months along footways and kerbs in towns and villages, and weedspray treatment requires dry weather to be fully effective. Hampshire County Council has a record of known growth sites of injurious and invasive weeds. Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Marestail are treated three times a year. Ragwort is controlled through a combination of hand pulling and cutting.
Overgrown vegetation on the highway can be reported to Hampshire County Council using this online link: www.hants.gov.uk/roadproblems or by calling 0300 555 1388.