A report to a meeting next week recommends that the Council continues to treat hard surfaced areas with a traditional weedkiller. The weedkiller used contains glyphosate which has been subject to some criticism from environmentalists.
Alternative methods of controlling weed growth on highways and back lanes were trialed but none proved to be effective.
Manual removal of weeds is viewed as prohibitively expensive. It appears that York officials have not evaluated the integrated weed control systems which have been launched in recent years (click)
The most controversial aspects of the weed control programme are likely to be the continuing failure to treat some locations. Problems arise at the same sites each year.
Some Councillors, including those representing conservation areas, are also crucial of the Council’s use of weedkiller – rather than strimming – around trees and street furniture.