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Source: City of York

Published Friday, 27th September 2019

City of York Council wants make improvements to tackle weed growth across the city and aims to do this through a new review.

Highway weed control is currently undertaken as part of a two year contract (we are currently in year one) by a private company, which has been the case since the early nineties.

This is financially and operationally more efficient than using in-house resources.

The contract includes three applications a year, the timing of which is dependent on the weather, but generally these take place in May/June, July/August and September/October.

The review seeks to address a problematic year of weed growth in the city and includes reviewing the frequency of treatments, the locations treated, considering new methods of weed control without the use of chemicals (Glyphosate based products) and considering encouraging the use of volunteers or the community payback team.

A report outlining the review will be taken to a public executive member decision session meeting, on Monday 7 October.

Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for the Environment and Climate Change, said: “We recognise that we could be doing more to improve weed growth in the city, so I welcome this report.

“Climate change is changing our landscape, with predicted warmer and wetter summers expected, so we know weed growth is going to become more vigorous in the years to come. 

“We want be ahead of the game and able to address this before it gets worse. So this is an important report at how we look at this issue in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way we can, to enable us to have a cleaner and greener city.”

The decision session takes place on Monday 7 October at West Offices from 2pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch later online from:

To find out more about the report, or to attend, visit:

Any changes to the weed control contract or associated works that have an increase in overall costs for future years will need to be approved by Executive and council through the 2020/21 budget processes.

We are combining our street cleaning with our weed removal treatment schedules, to remove road debris.

MIL OSI United Kingdom