Grass row rages after verges are treated with weed killer

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COUNCIL workmen have been accused of ‘destroying’ verges with weed killer - which has also killed the grass.

John Swift, who lives on Highfields Road, Dronfield, Derbyshire, contacted The Star to complain about the work on his street and neighbouring roads in the town by North East Derbyshire Council.

He said: “I’ve complained to the council in previous years but it’s been a waste of time because they’ve been out at it again. What is the point in having grass verges if the council are going to to kill them every year?

“Why can’t they just mow the verges. The funny thing is, I was warned by the council about parking on the verge because it could damage the grass - when they are causing far more damage.”

North East Derbyshire District Council defended the work.

A spokesman said: “The council treats grass verges with herbicide to control unwanted vegetation, which creates an eyesore in our communities and impedes highway drainage.

“This can also cause the highway surface to weaken and break up - increasing repair costs.

“We understand the impact of the brown herbicide treatment line can sometimes look unsightly on especially narrow verges – particularly during dry periods - when compared to larger green open areas which receive similar treatment to keep them looking their best.

“Herbicide treatments are much more effective and economical than manually digging out the weeds, and also treat the roots - so keeping the verges weed-free for longer and providing a value-for-money service.”