At a meeting in Halifax Town on 29 July (starting at 6pm) the Cabinet will consider a report that recommends Calderdale Council stops using glyphosate within its parks and on roadside verges. It calls these “soft landscapes”.
However the Cabinet has to wait for another report before considering whether to stop the use of the herbicide within hard landscapes, such as street pavements and at the roadside. This report will include fully costed plans.
The reason given for the delay is that the Council needs time to undertake trials into more environmentally sustainable methods to remove weeds.
As we said last time the Council put out a press release about reducing glyphosate use – they are kicking the can down the road. Continue reading
For goodness sake! Calderdale Council has put out a press release saying they’re reviewing their use of glyphosate.
Well we knew that, they’ve been reviewing it at least since 2016, when Cllr Dave Young explained the position as set out by a Working Party of the Communities Scrutiny Panel: Continue reading
Alternative weed control methods will be used at Northern Primary School, Burnley Rd, Bacup OL13 8PH on Wednesday 12th June – Friday 15th June, from 10-4pm approx – traffic permitting as the contractor is travelling down from York.
The contractor will be working at the school using a foamstream machine to tackle the weeds, clean play areas and equipment, clear weeds on the artificial surfaces, fence lines, and forest school and undertake a pioneering exercise marking the school pitch. (Apparently glyphosate is usually added to the paint during conventional marking of pitches). Continue reading
A US court has recently ordered the manufacturer of the bestselling weedkiller brand, Roundup, to pay one user $80m (£61m) in damages after he developed cancer. This is the second such ruling from a US court.
Now Councils across England are reviewing their use of Roundup (the brand name for glyphosate).
Hebden Royd Town Council decided a few years ago not to use glyphosate on any of its projects, according to the Clerk, Jason Boom.
But Calder Ward Cllr Dave Young says that Calderdale Council is continuing to use gylophosate, although they are reducing the amount year on year. Continue reading