Bucks County Council announced that there will be no routine weed spraying across Buckinghamshire during 2016-17 and hence the visible weed growth in the roadside gutters, roundabouts and islands.
They advise that while budget considerations have played a role in making this decision, there are 2 key influencing factors:
- There is a detrimental environmental impact of the widespread use of herbicides on pollinating insects.
- The legal constraints that are now imposed on the widespread use of herbicides significantly reduces the effectiveness of the application.
Transport for Bucks will continue to treat noxious and injurious weeds in line with its legal obligations. To report these concerns go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/telltfb.
In the meantime, the parish council is exploring other options. Residents are able, like in the old days, to remove the weeds from the curbside outside their properties by hand if they take sufficient care when working by the highway, however Transport for Bucks confirm that the widespread use of common domestic weed killers is not permitted so please do not apply weed killer.