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News release


Council doubles efforts to clear leaves from roads and pavements

Friday 21 October 2016

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 effort to prioritise the clearing of leaves from gullies, roads and pavements.  

The Council has already identified target areas which in the past have been areas of concern. These will be cleared on a regular basis. In addition, the Council's contractors FCC will work with the local flood action groups and parish and town councils to get information on where there are problems with fallen 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  

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 to get them unblocked.

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ