Allerdale Borough Council has waged war on leaves, in efforts to help prevent localised flooding and blocked drains.
From now through to January, the Council is making a special efforts to prioritise the clearing of leaves from gullies, roads and pavements.
The Council has already identified target areas which have in the past been areas of concern. These will be cleared on a regular basis. In addition, the Council’s contractors FCC will be working with the local flood action groups and parish and town councils, who will be feeding information on where there are problems with falling leaves. A hit squad of cleaners will then go out and clear problem areas.
Members of the public can also report particular problem areas by going online to www.allerdale.gov.uk/report .
To cope with the extra demand FCC is to change work patterns to ensure the leaves are collected in time.
Michael Heaslip, Executive member with responsibility for Community Services said: “Nothing beats the beauty of a tree in Autumn as the leaves change colour – especially in our area. However, once they are on the ground they can be a major problem – blocking the tops of drains and diverting water towards properties. Therefore we want to do our bit to be winter-ready and hopefully help prevent any flooding this year.”
If highway drains are not flowing correctly and backing up, then customers should contact Cumbria County Council on 0300 303 2992 or online at www.cumbria.gov.uk to get them unblocked.