Council launches new weed removal service to increase safety and upkeep of town centres

Photo: Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Environment Councillor Clive Eginton centre left, Waste and Recycling Supervisor Jason Gardner centre right and the new two-person team either side

Posted on: 22 February 2019

As part of a new commitment to make the towns of Mid Devon safe and attractive for residents and visitors, the Council has prioritised the clearing of weeds in the centres of the three main towns in Mid Devon.

Weed removal is normally a function of the Highways authority, however the Council’s Street Scene service has setup a new two-person team to undertake a deep clean and post-removal spray of areas affected to prevent re-growth.

The new team has already started work to improve the look of the district.  Alongside the removal of weeds, their responsibilities include the clearing of litter and dog fouling, as well as paths and hedges in council-owned housing estates for Mid Devon tenants.

Leader of Mid Devon District Council, Councillor Clive Eginton said:

“We’re committed to ensuring Mid Devon is a pleasant place to live, work and visit.  Not only has the appearance of the environment improved greatly, but by tackling areas of overgrowth, we’re reducing the likelihood of serious issues such as flooding.

“The Council is dedicated to cleaning up the local environment and this investment will help improve this and follows last year’s investment in the Litter Busters team, which has already seen improvements.”

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