FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

12 September 2018

I would like to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act about weed killer products used by the council. I wish to ask the following questions:

 

- Does the council use any garden/environmental products that contain glyphosate? If so, what are they?

- Does the council use Roundup or RangerPro weed killer from company Monsanto? If so, which products?

- How much has the council spent on these items in five years? (Separated by each year and product) 

- Does the council have immediate plans to discontinue use of the Roundup and RangerPro weed killer products or any other products mentioned? If so, why?



East Herts Council Response

17 September 2018

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Environmental Information Regulations, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.



East Herts Council Response

26 September 2018

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

- Does the council use any garden/environmental products that contain glyphosate? If so, what are they?

Yes (through contracted maintenance)
Roundup Proactive 360

 
- Does the council use Roundup or RangerPro weed killer from company Monsanto? If so, which products?
 
Yes – as above
 
- How much has the council spent on these items in five years? (Separated by each year and product)
 
The Council outsources its grounds maintenance works and pays for weed control as part of a contractual grass, hard surface and shrub maintenance regime.  There is no one rate in the contract for the application of glyphosate products and therefore no separate account of costs in this respect.
 
From volumes recorded in their chemical usage data however, our contractor has calculated that dependent upon weather conditions (and not all years are the same) they purchase between £365 and £438 of Roundup Proactive 360 per annum at current costs.

 
- Does the council have immediate plans to discontinue use of the Roundup and RangerPro weed killer products or any other products mentioned? If so, why?

The Council does not have any immediate plans to discontinue use of the Roundup herbicide mentioned.

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545 700

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.