Work starts to put right weedkiller mistake in Gorleston

The view from the top of Gorleston cliffs looking towards the Pier Hotel and Outer Harbour area of G

The view from the top of Gorleston cliffs looking towards the Pier Hotel and Outer Harbour area of Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Work has started on Gorleston Cliffs to put right the effects of weedkiller which was wrongly sprayed in the area.

The use of the chemical has replaced strimming in locations across the borough in a cost-cutting measure delivered by the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's operational partner, GYB Services Ltd.

However, high profile areas - such as Gorleston cliffs - were supposed to escape its use.

After residents complained, GYB Services admitted they made a mistake, and said they would put it right at their expense.

Councillor Carl Smith, chair of the council's environment committee, said: 'Urgent remedial work has started to restore the edges of the grass areas that flank the paths at Gorleston Cliffs, which were wrongly sprayed.

'The council's operational partner, GYB Services Ltd, has accepted responsibility for both the error in undertaking this spraying - which should have been restricted to the concrete gulleys and tarmac surfaces - and the extent to which the grass areas were affected.

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'The company is also taking responsibility for the remedial work, with the aim of ensuring a full restoration in the shortest period possible.

'In order to reduce the immediate visual impact, staff last week cut back some of the affected grass edges where they encroached over the paths. This week, weather permitting, the affected areas will be spiked and the holes filled with top soil and grass seed, which should start to show some green growth by early July.'

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