Street sweeping

Residential roads are cleansed once a week (Monday to Friday). Shopping areas are cleansed daily, including weekends.

Leaf fall clearance

The timing and rate of leaf fall varies from one year to the next. This is due to variations in weather, such as summer rainfall levels, wind and frost. The main clear up operation is from mid-October to late December.

For most streets in the borough the normal street cleansing operation will deal with leaf fall. For heavily tree-lined streets, we provide extra street sweeping services to cope with the large quantity of leaf fall.

Because the rate of leaf fall varies through the season, it is not possible to provide dates for when each street will be cleared.

If you have concerns about leaf fall on your road, you can report online below.

Report leaves or dirt on the road

Weeds on the road

We remove weeds from all hard surfaces and pavements on the public highway.

We usually spray roads and footpaths 3 or 4 times a year, depending on the weather. Weeds take about 2 to 3 weeks to die off and are then removed.

We use premixed glyphosate-based weedkillers distributed by electronic controlled droplet applicators which allow accuracy of coverage. This type of chemical is only used as a spot spray on growing weeds. It is rapidly inactivated on reaching the soil, ensuring it does not contaminate nearby planting or grassed areas. New germinating weeds will continue to grow in the same area so the public highway network is sprayed on a continually rotating basis throughout the season.

The use of chemicals has been fully risk assessed. The premixed glyphosate was introduced as the safest option, as it does not need to be manually mixed whilst on the public highway.

We have used this type of chemical and its application since 2011.

Report weeds on the road


Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish. For more information and how to make a report, see our fly-tipping page.

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