Leaf clearance teams hit the streets across the borough

22 November 2017

The Council’s leaf clearance teams have hit the streets to clear up leaves on pavements and roads.

This not only helps to keep Cheshire West clean and tidy but also stops the pavements and roads becoming slippery and dangerous.

Throughout November and December, Cheshire West and Chester Council deploys teams dedicated to clearing leaves, using both mechanised and manual sweepers.  Just over 600 tonnes of leaves are normally swept up from roads and footpaths across the borough during these months. The compacted leaves could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The timing and rate of leaf fall varies from one year to the next, due to variations in weather such as rainfall levels, wind and frost.  
Priority is given to busy footpaths, road and footpaths with many mature trees, areas prone to flooding and areas where leaves have broken down into detritus.  

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “The amount of time taken to complete one full cycle of our leaf clearance schedule is unpredictable because the rate of leaf fall varies through the season. It is not possible to provide firm dates for when each street will be cleared. We aim to clear everywhere twice but it is weather dependent.

“Please be patient if there has been a rapid fall of leaves during windy weather, as our teams are often unable to respond immediately.  Our teams are working hard to keep our streets looking neat and tidy and to stop leaves becoming a slippery hazard.” The Council’s Street Care Pledge sets out a shared commitment with local residents to maintain clean and attractive streets.

If leaves are an issue in your area please use the Your Streets website to report it – www.westcheshireyourstreets.co.uk.  The website aims to make reporting problems easier and provide useful information about the range of services the Council provides in communities across the borough.

Lead clearance operations in action

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