Leaf clearance teams hit the streets across the borough

16 November 2016

During the next few weeks, the Council’s leaf clearance teams will be hitting 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 team dedicated to clearing leaves, using both mechanised and manual sweepers.  Around 400 tonnes of leaves are normally swept up from roads and footpaths across the borough
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: “Because the rate of leaf fall varies through the season, the amount of time taken to complete one full cycle of our leaf clearance schedule is unpredictable, so it is not possible to provide firm dates for when each street will be cleared.

“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.

Leaf clearing operations in action

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