Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB
Contact: Rachel Beale
Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services
Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau
The Chair welcomed Councillor Ron Burnett to his
first Cleaner Communities Overview and Scrutiny
He gave thanks to Councillor Louise Shepphard and
Councillor Jason O’Connell for their hard work and
contribution in the last year, who were no longer members on the
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor
Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant
Councillor Stuart Ashley declared a personal interest as a Member
of Torfaen Friends of the Earth and a Member of Garden
Minutes 19/09/2018 / Cofnodion 19/09/2018 PDF 423 KB
The minutes of the meeting held on 19th September 2018
were confirmed as an accurate record.
Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu PDF 100 KB
Members noted the action sheet.
Review of the Current Policy on the Use of Glyphosate / Adolygiad o'r Polisi Presennol ar Ddefnyddio Glyffosad PDF 281 KB
The Chair welcomed Carol Jacobs from Torfaen Friends of the Earth
to the meeting.
5.2 Members asked Carol
a number of questions and she gave the following
thanked Members for the opportunity to attend the meeting and was
pleased to see that the Council was reviewing the use of
- Torfaen Friends of the Earth were concerned with
the use of Glyphosate and the effect on humans and the
- Friends of the Earth followed the science around
Glyphosate, however there were debates around what science to
follow and where the true science lied.
- Torfaen Friends of the Earth believed that
Glyphosate was not environmentally friendly and followed the view
of Friends of the Earth nationally.
Local Authorities were using alternatives to Glyphosate, Bristol
Council had produced an excellent report regarding changing the way
they were treating weeds.
were different environments and each area needed their own approach
to tackling weeds, not every area required the same treatment and
Glyphosate was not safe to use in all circumstances.
- Japanese Knotweed was invasive and the safest
way to treat it was to inject Glyphosate into the
had been instances where the operatives were not following DEFA
guidelines when using Glyphosate.
felt that the Council should engage with the public and get them
involved by clearing the weeds on their own streets. Hand picking
weeds was the safest option and the public should be involved and
should be carried out in the same way as litter
was important to educate the public, the benefit of not using
pesticides was noted by the public. She suggested that the Council
offer incentives for residents who cleared the weeds from their
streets such as a rate reduction for the best kept street or offer
safe ways of clearing weeds included scrubbing the weeds out using
metal brushes, however it was important that the pavements were
would like to see the Council commit to not using Glyphosate and
engage in other methods, unless in extreme circumstances such as
Japanese Knotweed, as she was not aware of any other treatment
which currently controlled it.
would like to see the Council progress with the approach of
minimising the use of Glyphosate and aim to set a date when it
would stop being used.
scientific evidence was not a matter of debate in her opinion and
Friends of the Earth were against the use of
did not have costings for alternative methods. If the Council chose
the method of hand picking weeds it would be labour costs only. The
steam method would be expensive initially, however the equipment
could be shared with neighbouring Local Authorities or hired out to
recuperate the cost. Glyphosate was the cheapest method although it
was not the cheapest in terms of people’s health.
- Japanese Knotweed was a problem that only
Glyphosate could control however other methods could be used on the
hard surfaces. She noted ...
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Item for Next Meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y Cyfarfod Nesaf
The topic to be discussed at the next meeting would be the Final
The Chair asked the committee a number of questions in relation to
the next meeting.
response to the questions, the committee agreed not to invite the
relevant Executive Member to the meeting as the appropriate
Officers would suffice. The Committee suggested that the Chair and
Scrutiny Officer discuss possible invitees and inform the Committee
on their decision. The Committee felt that they would not benefit
from a site visit on that particular topic.
Date of Next Meeting - 23/01/2019 / Dyddiad y Cyfarfod Nesaf - 23/01/2019
7.1 The next meeting was
scheduled to take place on Wednesday 23rd January