WHEN Labor announced it had unilaterally banned the use of weed killer (glyphosate) in Brighton and Hove in 2019, many warned that such a sudden ban might not be a good idea.
I watched webcasts of the sessions at the time, and my conservative colleagues predicted exactly what transpired.
As we all know today, the Labor Council at the time did not put in place a serious contingency plan to control weeds on the city’s 600 miles (975 km) of sidewalks. It was not at all clear how he could fulfill his legal obligation to keep sidewalks clear.
When challenged, Labor issued a statement pointing to technological possibilities such as hot foam, infrared zappers and other solutions.
But of course none of these technology solutions were delivered, either by Labor or by the weed-loving Greens, who inherited the problem when Labor collapsed in mid-2020.
The Liberal Democrats propose “high-temperature water jets” in a letter to The Argus (Great solution to the overgrown weed problem, August 22), but the city is still playing catch-up and lagging behind.
The latest news from the council was that it is still awaiting the arrival of brush cutters from France to help out the three seasonal manual weeders it has employed.
It is embarrassing how little planning has taken place for such a large and drastic change in policy. Labor and the Greens have proved unable to manage basic city services, in this case weeding the pavements. Some conservative common sense is required to get this advice back on track.
Cllr Robert Nemeth
Conservative Group Spokesman for Environment, Transport and Sustainability
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20684861.brighton-council-incapable-basic-service-weeding-pavements/?ref=rss ‘Brighton Council fails to clear sidewalks of weeds’