Stop spraying toxic weedkillers in Croydon

Oliver Lewis - Croydon Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, and Sport

Glyphosate

The council should be doing its best to provide a clean, safe, green environment that we can enjoy without putting our health and the health of our families at risk. We are calling on Croydon Council to ban the spraying of weedkillers containing glyphosate in our streets, parks, and playgrounds.

The World Health Organisation has stated that glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers, is “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Recently a US court has also ruled that agricultural giant Monsanto (who manufacture Roundup, which contains glyphosate) was responsible for causing the cancer of groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson and awarded millions of dollars in damages.

Several European countries, including Holland, Denmark and Sweden, have banned or restricted the use of glyphosate herbicides by local authorities. In the UK, the GMB Union has called for a ban on the weedkiller and many local authorities (including Hammersmith & Fulham, Edinburgh, Bristol, and Brighton & Hove) are already looking at alternatives.

From 1 February 2019 Croydon Council will be taking the landscape management contract back in house and we are calling on the council to ban the spraying of glyphosate weedkillers by its staff.

To: Oliver Lewis - Croydon Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, and Sport
From: [Your Name]

The council should be doing its best to provide a clean, safe, green environment that we can enjoy without putting our health and the health of our families at risk. I am calling on you as the Croydon Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, and Sport to ban the spraying of weedkillers containing glyphosate in our streets, parks, and playgrounds.
From 1 February 2019 Croydon Council will be taking the landscape management contract back in house and I would like you to ensure that the Council ban the spraying of glyphosate weedkillers by its staff.