Survey on the council's use of weedkiller in Old Town

Eastbourne Borough Council carries out weed control on highways in Eastbourne on behalf of East Sussex County Council. This includes the use of weedkiller (Glyphosate). 

Where possible we avoid the use of weedkiller, however there are some areas where alternative methods are not currently available or effective on a large scale, for example on hard surfaces such as paths, garage blocks and highways.

In the past these hard surfaces were often 'blanket treated', meaning the spray was applied to cover the path, whether weeds were present or not. This is no longer our practice.

When our contractors do use weedkiller they do so in a targeted way to reduce the amount used. This prevents excess herbicide being lost into the environment.

If weeds are not tackled effectively they can present a trip hazard to residents and make effective street cleansing difficult.  

The alternative to using weedkiller is to remove weeds manually. This is a less effective and significantly more costly approach which would not deal with the weed roots and would mean the weeds quickly grow back.

In response to concerns from some residents, we have reduced our spraying of weedkiller in Old Town from three times a year to just once in 2019 as a trial. 

This survey 

Following comments from some residents, we are asking for the views of Old Town residents over what is considered to be an acceptable use of weedkiller in future. 

This survey is intended for residents of Old Town, however residents from other wards in Eastbourne and further afield are welcome to share their views via this survey.

This survey is part of a pilot to inform decisions about Eastbourne Borough Council's approach to weed control in Old Town. We would carry out a wider survey before making any changes to other parts of Eastbourne.  

The closing date of this survey is Monday 23 September at 5pm.

Take the survey

To request a paper copy of this survey, please contacts us.