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F15/435

Spraying

Request Description

I wish to make the following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) as is deemed appropriate.

1, The total number of sprayings - or other applications - for the purposes of weed control (or similar) authorised / carried out in public areas - eg parks, kerbs, verges, play areas - involving the use of products containing the herbicide glyphosate between January 2014 and the present day in East Hertfordshire borough/local authority.
2, The total amount of glyphosate used - quantities sprayed (e.g. 100 litres) - in the above period in East Hertfordshire borough/local authority.
Note: if exact quantities are not available, please estimate based on records kept  
3, The total cost of glyphosate products purchased by East Hertfordshire borough/local authority in the above period.                                                                                               
4, The total number of sprayings - or other applications - for the purposes of weed control (or similar) authorised / carried out in public areas - eg parks, kerbs, verges, play areas - involving the use of products containing the herbicide glyphosate each year from 2005 to the present day in East Hertfordshire borough/local authority.                                                                                                                                                          
5, The total amount of glyphosate used - quantities sprayed (e.g. 100 litres) - for the purposes of weed control (or similar) in public areas - eg parks, kerbs, verges, play areas - each year between 2005 and the present day in East Hertfordshire borough/local authority. 

Request Date17 June 2015
Requested byIndividual
Released Date  

14 July 2015  

Response

1.  East Herts Council carries out weed spraying using glyphosate on its parks and open spaces and also public roads and pavements under contract to Hertfordshire County Council (the Highways Authority).  Our grounds maintenance contractor carries out weed spraying on open spaces and keeps an individual paper record of each application.  These are not summarised.

 A copy of these could be viewed to the applicant but please note there will be many hundreds of these.

 Public highways are sprayed twice a year using a different contractor, procured annually.

2.  We do not have records of the amounts of glyphosate used by these contractors. 

 Please note that other local authorities in East Hertfordshire (County Council and Town and Parish Councils) may also carry out weed spraying in the area.

We do not hold data on the total amount of glyphosate used.  Note: estimates  based on records kept  calls for speculation and is outside the scope of the act

  
3. We do not hold data for the amounts purchased

4. We do not hold data on the number of sprayings

5. We do not hold this data

Refused

                                                              

Refusal