Pesticide-Free Cambridge in the News
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28 April 2022.
"Political row over herbicide spraying in Cambridge deepens", Cambridge Independent, By Paul Brackley
Updated version of print article (6/4/22) about herbicide spraying in the supposed herbicide-free ward of Newnham: https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/political-row-over-herbicide-spraying-in-cambridge-deepens-9251895/
We take note in particular the shameful comments at the end which illustrate that one of the key problems here is in addressing dee-seated ignorance about the unique toxicity of synthetic pesticides that can never be compared with unhealthy food!
We also made the following comment on our facebook post here.
"Beyond the obvious political polemics in the run up to the local elections, we are glad that herbicide spraying schedules that we've been campaigning for over the last couple of years are finally online: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/weed-spraying-schedule
However, we are disappointed that there aren't more specific dates and times that residents can check against in order to be able to take proactive precautions against potential exposure to toxic herbicides, especially for those who have heightened vulnerabilities to pesticides.
We are also extremely disappointed that agreements made at our recent meeting with Cambridge City Council on 7/4/22 (summary to follow shortly) to avoid spraying during the most busy school drop-off/commuting period (8.00-9.00, and 15.00-16.00) have not been honoured. Just this morning, one of us here at Pesticide-Free Cambridge witnessed operatives spraying on the Coldham's Lane / Barnwell Road roundabout in Abbey ward at 8.00 am, ie, bang in the middle of the school commute, with large groups of children walking and cycling within cms of operatives spraying neurotoxic and carcinogenic chemicals on the pavement! We are making enquiries and will post an update here when we have more information."
6 April 2022.
"What has caused grass to die in city's 'herbicide-free' ward?", Cambridge Independent, by Alex Spencer.
Many thanks to Cambridge Independent for the article on herbicide spraying in Newnham, one of Cambridge's supposedly herbicide-free wards. The soon-to-be published online version will include an update now that we know that the spraying in Newnham ward, and elsewhere in the city has been carried out by Cambridgeshire County Council contractors as part of pre-planned pavement resurfacing programme. Clearly there is need for much better communication between the various agencies so that Cambridge City Council's herbicide-reduction plan is not further compromised. Further details in our press release: https://www.pesticidefreecambridge.org/post/herbicide-spraying-in-cambridge-s-herbicide-free-ward-pfc-press-release
3 Feb 2022.
"Herbicide-Free Trials to Begin in Two Wards", Cambridge Independent, by Paul Brackley
Cambridge Independent article on two-ward herbicide-free trials, and Council's Herbicide Reduction Plan discussed at Community and Environment Scrutiny Meeting on 27 Jan 2022 (Further background here). We're particularly happy that our calls to get operatives to wear full PPE (for those wards where spraying will continue), in light of the massive occupational injury payouts that have recently been awarded to glyphosate sprayers in the US, and as is the law, have finally been take
n on board by Cambridge City Council. We've heard from campaigners in other areas that many councils are loathed to make their operatives wear full protective gear in case the residents get scared. But that's the point. People SHOULD be scared! We expect that the council will now receive many more enquiries from concerned residents who might not otherwise have noticed anything untoward, and the best thing is that council sprayers will finally be afforded protection from the toxins that they're spraying.
Online version here
28 July 2021
"Trial will 'explore' ending herbicide-use in city wards", Cambridge Independent, by Gemma Gardner
Article in today's Cambridge Independent about Council's decision to explore ways of trialling two herbicide-free wards before the next spraying season this year, for a full roll out by the end of 2022. https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/trial-will-explore-ending-herbicide-use-in-cambridge-wards-9209495/
Many thanks to all the Councillors who have supported our campaign and worked with us to get to this point. Pity it's not an immediate ban as recently implemented in Bath, but much better than the stalemate that we've had until now.
27 July 2021
Anti-pesticide campaigners’ cautious welcome to Council response". Cambridge Lib Dem/ PFC Press Release.
2 June 2021
"Campaigners demand an end to herbicide spraying in city', Cambridge Independent, by Paul Brackley
Piece in today's Cambridge Independent about our campaign and petition. Many thanks to Paul Brackley for this.