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Medway Council approves plans to limit the use of herbicides in green spaces

The use of herbicides in green spaces will be limited after safety concerns were raised.

Medway Council was pressed to change the way it uses herbicides by people who were worried about the effect it was having on some dogs.

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Concerns over the use of glyphosate was first raised by Cllr Simon Curry (Lab) in August at a meeting of the council's Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation Committee.

Following this, the council's Green Service was asked to draw up a report covering the use of the herbicide - which is currently used in a diluted form and is approved by the EU - which would include documentary evidence of potential harm.

Council documents released ahead of Tuesday's cabinet meeting said: "There is currently no hard and fast information on the implications for our own health on the use of glyphosate."

At the meeting, councillors agreed to stop using glyphosate in children's play areas, leave its use in green spaces under review, and leave an area of 3ft around the base of trees to be untreated.

Cllr Rupert Turpin (Con), chairman of Medway Norse – which oversees park management – said: "We are taking a balanced approach, we are not taking a 'wait and see' approach, we are taking proportional action.

Cllr Rupert Turpin, Medway Council (14468774)
Cllr Rupert Turpin, Medway Council (14468774)

"I'm really pleased, given the concerns that residents have, that we are taking this action to re-assure them."

Cllr Curry will be asking a formal question at full council next Thursday, January 23, about the use of herbicides in other public areas in the Towns.

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