Surrey council selects Brighton firm for weedkilling

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in Surrey has contracted a Brighton firm to spray footpaths and kerbs with weedkiller.

Total Vegetation Management of Brighton claims to use environmentally friendly methods. In line with EU regulations, the firm will use a glyphosphate-based herbicide to treat visible weeds.

Because the weedkiller is not as strong as previous formulations, it can be used only in dry weather. It cannot be used during, or prior to, rain. The entire road network within the Surrey borough will be sprayed three times during the growing season. The new system ensures that the chemicals kill only weeds, avoiding drifting and damage to surrounding crops and gardens.

Spraying will be done by knapsack operators with hand lances. These contractors will be supported by specially trained members of the council's in-house cleansing team.

Most of the funding will be coming from Surrey County Council which has responsibility for the weed control on local roads.

Councillor Julian Ellacott, portfolio holder for the environment, said: "This is a good example of partnership working, whereby the borough oversees the effective delivery of County services at a local level."

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