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We inspect all our open spaces hard surfaced footpaths twice a year and our housing hard surfaced footpaths once a year. Play areas are inspected by the play inspectors when they check the equipment.

We will make sure that a specified standard is met at all times. Grade A is what the area should look like just after we have finished work, Grade B is how it should look just before we return and Grade C is an indicator of when an area has been missed or maintained to an unacceptable standard. Over the course of the year, weeds and moss will grow at different rates and during periods of peak growing weather this can put us under pressure to keep up, so we would appreciate your help to let us know if any areas reach Grade C so that they can be attended to as soon as possible.

We have provided a visual guide to set out the standard and we hope that it gives you a visual reference to ensure that the standard is being met.

weed spraying grade A

Weeds and moss free.

No encroachment of grass or plants onto paved area.

weed spraying grade B

Some recent weed or moss growth.

This is the lowest standard that you should see.

weed spraying grade C

No weed control in over 12 months.

Significant growth and impact on available path width.

Report a problem

To report a problem with a footpath or hard surfaced area in a public space, fill out the online tree, hedge or grass problem form.