Pes­ti­cide sprayed near chil­dren

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

THERE were let­ters in Uxbridge Gazette some months ago ex­press­ing con­cern about the spray­ing of weed­killer on pave­ments in Hillingdon bor­ough.

Un­for­tu­nately, on July 6 this year at 8.30 in the morn­ing, a rel­a­tive was walk­ing near Glebe School, Ick­en­ham, when she saw Coun­cil men spray­ing weed-killing chem­i­cals on pave­ments. The droplets could be seen in the air.

Why do this this at a time when young chil­dren and par­ents are walk­ing past on their way to school? The coun­cil say this pes­ti­cide is glyphosate, which has been named as a “prob­a­ble” car­cino­gen (can­cer-causer) by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO.) This has prompted French and Dutch au­thor­i­ties to ban it. City bosses in Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land, have agreed to ex­plore

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