Edinburgh residents tackle ‘dangerous’ and ‘out of control’ giant weeds

A local councilor lashed out at Edinburgh City Council over the ‘out of control’ weed problem in the capital’s Almond Quarter.

Cllr Kevin Lang took to social media to express his displeasure with the problem plaguing the sidewalks in the city’s northwest neighborhood.

In comments shared with Edinburgh Live, the Liberal Democrat adviser said some weeds had grown so out of control they were about seven feet in height.

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The local representative said it was the worst he had seen the problem in his four years as a councilor and pleaded with the council to keep the town “neat and tidy”.

He said, “The weed situation all over town is just out of hand. Everywhere you look you see weeds coming out of the roads and sidewalks. This is by far the worst I have seen in my four years as a consultant. In parts of my ward, I saw weeds almost 7 feet tall.

“Keeping the city clean and tidy is one of the most basic jobs for Council and one of the main things residents rightly expect in return for their council tax. Yet that kind of basic interview never seems to interest the SNP and the Labor advisers in charge.

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“It’s not just a messy look, overgrown weeds can create uneven walking and cycling surfaces which can be a real hazard. That’s why this type of maintenance should be a concern. priority “.

The roundabout on Cramond Road South is believed to have been severely affected by the lack of invasive weed treatment.

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The roundabout on Cramond Road South was badly damaged.

But transport and environment manager Cllr Lesley Macinnes said the council’s ground maintenance team was operating at around 50% capacity due to the increase in the number of workers needing to self-isolate .

She said, “Our grounds maintenance and street cleaning crews work extremely hard to look after the city’s parks and keep our streets weed-free. However, as in towns and villages across the country, the past 18 months have been extremely difficult for the services of the Council.

“Now, as life opens up and we have more contact with others, some of our colleagues are required to self-isolate according to government guidelines on safe work during the ongoing pandemic.

“As a result, our ground maintenance crews are currently working at around 50% of their capacity, which has an impact on weed control. The combination of sunny and humid weather has also created the perfect growing conditions for all the greenery, but we are working as quickly as possible to catch up and will mobilize additional resources to make it happen.

“I would like to thank the residents for their patience as our Council colleagues make every effort to get around the city. “

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