Weed killing is a costly affair, explains county council report

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THE cost of spraying weeds on Hampshire’s roads was £732,000 last year.

A report due to go before councillors at Hampshire County Council explains how the weed spraying programme starts at the beginning of April and is completed at the end of October.

Weed spraying is normally carried out twice a year on highways across the county, including Fareham, Gosport, Winchester and East Hampshire. Havant has its own in-house service.

Five three-man teams and one four-man team make up the total workforce of sprayers.

The report states: ‘Ongoing weed spraying is an important highways maintenance activity for Hampshire Highways in order to prevent the deterioration of footways and carriageways caused by grass and weeds.

‘There is also a responsibility under the Weeds Act 1959 to prevent invasive weeds from spreading. It also helps to enhance the quality of place for Hampshire residents.’