Issue details

Use of Herbicides on Green Space Assets


This report will ask the Cabinet to consider the recommendations of the Regeneration, Culture and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 5 December 2019 following their consideration of a report reviewing herbicide usage.


The Committee recommended the following to Cabinet:


“It be recommended to Cabinet that:


a)    due to conflicting opinion, glyphosate no longer be used in children’s play areas.

b)    as the current product has been deemed safe to use by independent scientific experts working for the EU and UK Government, the service continue the adopted practice on all other green space assets.

c)    the service continue to review usage of glyphosate herbicides in greenspace / public areas within legislation guidelines.

d)    for a period of one year, an uncut area of approximately 3ft be left untreated around the base of trees in public parks, with one cut during the season.”


Access to Information

The report together with any other documents being considered (unless they contain exempt information) will be available for inspection 5 clear days before the decision is taken by the Cabinet. Copies are available on the Council's website or requested from Democratic Services Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR or email If you wish to submit information to the Cabinet about the item please also contact Democratic Services.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 16/12/2019

Decision due: 14 Jan 2020 by Cabinet

Lead member: Councillor Howard Doe, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services

Lead director: Richard Hicks

Department: Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation

Contact: Sarah Valdus, Head of Environmental Services Email: Tel: 01634 331597.

Relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committee:: Regeneration, Culture and Environment

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