Council sows seeds for next year’s ground maintenance

Coun Ian Swithenbank. 'Picture by Jane Coltman
Coun Ian Swithenbank. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumberland County Council is already sowing the seeds for next year’s ground-maintenance programme by investing in further resources to improve performance.

The council has reviewed its summer programme to improve services and build on this year’s success,

Now, it will be investing in further resources to improve the performance of highway verge cutting and weed control.

This includes buying six quad bikes equipped with weed sprays to spray herbicides around more difficult obstacles, which will improve performance of weed control activity.

The new bikes will also be equipped with snow ploughs and tow bars so that they can be used to help with clearing ice and snow from footpaths during the winter period.

The council is also investing a further £300,000 to deliver a better winter grounds and tree maintenance programme for 2015/16 following positive feedback from the service.

This includes retaining 25 seasonal summer grounds maintenance staff to assist in undertaking path edging, shrub bed pruning, hedge cutting and basic tree works over the winter period.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: “Providing and maintaining a high-quality environment helps improve our residents’ sense of wellbeing, brings people together and promotes civic pride across the county.”