Chichester is another constituency that is highlighting the massive problem with the use of Glyphosate and wants to stop its use across the region. Chichester is a Roman cathedral city and the only city in West Sussex.

Preservation of wildlife, flora & fauna, trees & woodlands still remain of historic beauty which locals & many tourists appreciate. The use of harmful pesticides is creating a major impact on the environment. Alongside Councillors , the local residents of Chichester have shown their concerns for the future of the community as Glyphosate proves to not only harm the wildlife but is now considered carcinogenic & toxic to humans effectively causing cancers & tumours.

According to the International Agency of Research for Cancer (IARC) Glyphosate is said to be carcinogenic causing cancers & tumours in humans. It is already banned in Europe & now many Councils are choosing against using Glyphosate in public places. The World Health Organisation found that Glyphosate, which is found in most herbicides including the global renowned weedkiller RoundUp, is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’

Minutes from the meeting relating to the use of Glyphosate are highlighted further down in this post in red.

Measure Number Three – Pesticide Free City

We note that:

(i) The Property Team has already terminated its using of Glyphosate based weedkillers and is experimenting with natural weedkillers.

(ii) We would like to congratulate the Property Manager on limiting the use of dangerous chemicals which could endanger the health of the City Council employees and the wider public.

(iii) We recommend to the Council that the Property Manager coordinates with his County and District Colleagues to reduce the use of pesticides in the city more widely.

(iv) We recommend the City Council joining the Pesticide Free Towns Network for a healthier environment for our citizens.

The Network of Pesticide Free Towns envisions a world where the use of pesticides is minimized and replaced with sustainable alternatives, hence, the health of citizens and the environment is safeguarded, biodiversity is enhanced and an improved quality of life is achieved.

To achieve this vision, we would encourage Chichester City Council to pledge to continue to adhere to appropriate policies and measures to ensure the following objective(s) are reached:

  • Ban the use of herbicides in public areas under city’s control

  • Ban the use of all pesticides in public areas under city’s control

  • Help to extend the ban of pesticides to private areas with public access and agricultural areas next to where citizens live

  • Step up and support the greening efforts towards local biodiversity enhancement already being championed by Transition Chichester under the direction of Mrs Mary Iden.

In order to put into effect, the pesticide free vision for the Chichester we would commit specifically to:

  • Develop and promote a campaign aimed at informing citizens about the transition to become pesticide-free, and the reasons for it; encourage citizens to actively support the transition by promoting the use of sustainable alternatives in private gardens and allotments

  • Communicate with and involve all stakeholders (County and District Council employees and sub-contractors, local farmers, etc).

  • Increase local biodiversity through municipal and citizen-driven activities

Alternative non-chemical treatments are available.

Japanese Knotweed Agency is the first and currently only entity that offers a non-chemical Thermo-Electrical treatment against Japanese Knotweed. Delivering up to 5000 volts directly to the weed stalks and crowns, sends a massive destructive shock throughout the weed effectively boiling it in situ and it should decompose and leave no trace. It may take several treatments as would chemical treatment, but with thermo-electrical treatment, the ground is left 100% safe and chemical free. Treatment does not affect the ground or land or other foliage next to the treated weed.

Japanese Knotweed Agency will now offer this service across England and Wales throughout 2023 and beyond.

Treatment of weeds such as Japanese Knotweed can now be done safely, and without the use of Glyphosates, protecting our environments and the health of children and adults and wildlife, and is a massive step forward that has been needed for decades in line with Europe.


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