Ban the use of Glyphosate along Hastings roadsides and green spaces

Cllr David Elkin, Chair of East Sussex County Council and Cllr Maya Evans, Hastings Council Cabinet member for climate change and biodiversity

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We demand that the use of glyphosate along Hastings pavements, roadsides and green spaces is banned. We call on East Sussex County Council to immediately stop using glyphosate in these areas, and ask Hastings Borough Council to commit to banning the use of pesticides in our town's green spaces and put pressure on ESCC to stop it's use on pavements and roads.

Glyphosate is a danger to human and animal health and the current method of spraying from a mini tractor is in any case ineffective against persistent weeds. Any removal of weeds should be delayed until after flowering so insects can benefit from the flowers. The Pesticides Action Network states that over 40 councils have banned the use of Glyphosate. It is time for ESCC to follow suit.

At the same time both councils should make a commitment to the No Mow May campaign  conducted by Plantlife to enhance the biodiversity of our roadside verges except for areas where visibility is essential at for example road junctions.



To: Cllr David Elkin, Chair of East Sussex County Council and Cllr Maya Evans, Hastings Council Cabinet member for climate change and biodiversity
From: [Your Name]

We want Hastings Council to ban the use of Glyphosate along Hastings pavements, roadsides and green spaces. We call on them to inform East Sussex County Council that we no longer wish to see the use of glyphosate in any public space in Hastings. It is a danger to human and animal health and the current method of spraying from a mini tractor is in any case ineffective against persistent weeds. Any removal of weeds should be delayed until after flowering so insects can benefit from the flowers. The Pesticides Action Network states that over 40 councils have banned the use of Glyphosate. It is time for Hastings Council to follow suit.
At the same time both councils should make a commitment to the No Mow May campaign conducted by Plantlife to enhance the biodiversity of our roadside verges except for areas where visibility is essential at for example road junctions.