Waste allegations denied

PUBLISHED: 11:38 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

One of the beautiful flower beds

One of the beautiful flower beds

TWO COUNCILS have hit back at allegations that they are wasting water during the current hosepipe ban. Last Wednesday The Comet had a call from an angry resident of Letchworth GC, who did not want to be named, who was concerned that flowers on a roundabo

TWO COUNCILS have hit back at allegations that they are wasting water during the current hosepipe ban.

Last Wednesday The Comet had a call from an angry resident of Letchworth GC, who did not want to be named, who was concerned that flowers on a roundabout in Station Road were being watered for three hours, with wasted water running down the road.

A spokesman for North Herts District Council said: "This roundabout is watered from a bowser and our practice is to soak the flower beds thoroughly so that we do not have to water so frequently.

"This can result in some spillage but we do try to minimise this. We are sorry if your correspondent thought the watering was excessive on this occasion."

The week before, resident Barry Moody spotted Stevenage Borough Council workers watering flowers on a roundabout with a hosepipe during the day.

Mr Moody, of Chells Way, said: "Firstly I thought there was a hosepipe ban and secondly if the council are exempt I would still like to know why they were watering at midday.

"This is no good for the plants and an added waste of water as the midday heat must evaporate a lot of it."

The council is exempt from the hosepipe ban which only applies to residential properties.

A council spokesman told The Comet: "Apart from the initial watering in, all other watering should be carried out either early morning or in the evening to reduce the amount of evaporation.

"However, this is not always possible because with the current hot weather we will suffer plant losses at this early stage of the planting schemes if we do not water when needed.

"The intense heat can very quickly dehydrate young plants that have not yet established roots to search for moisture.

"We are currently reviewing the types of plants that will be used in our roundabout displays.

"It is likely that some areas currently planted with seasonal bedding will be replaced with permanent planting which is less water demanding. In future we will also ensure that we use bedding plants that are less water reliant.

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