AN INVESTIGATION has been launched following an excessive use of weedkiller around the district.
Stratford District Council said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ by the actions of its contractor Idverde after ‘unsightly’ patches of dead grass began appearing around signs, trees, bins, and along verges.
The patches were noticed by residents in Shottery, Snitterfield, Wilmcote, Ettington and along main roads in Stratford.
Concerns were raised about its impact on the environment and wildlife.
Resident Andrew Wood raised the issue on Facebook. He asked: “Since when has it been the policy of the council’s contractors to kill the grass instead of mowing it?
“All around our town now alongside roads and paths there are unsightly orange and brown patches around fences, sign posts, kerbs and so on where it looks like some very effective weed and grass killer has been used to cut the need for mowing.
“How environmentally friendly – or indeed hazardous – is it considering how dead everything looks?”
Another Facebook user replied: “Is it safe for dogs and indeed any animals should they walk on these treated areas?
“I have to say I think it has rendered our grass verges all over Stratford so unsightly. What on earth possessed anyone to sanction this?”
A spokeswoman for the district council added the investigation would ensure it did not happen again.