Cambridge City Council would stop all use of pesticides by 2022 under plans submitted by local Liberal Democrats. The motion, to be debated at a meeting of the Council on July 18th, calls for the cessation of pesticide use within Cambridge’s open spaces in 2020 and the establishment of a strategy to phase it out completely, including around highways, within three years.
Cllr Anthony Martinelli, Lib Dem Environment Spokesperson commented: “The issue of urban biodiversity is becoming an increasing concern for residents in Cambridge. Pesticides are an imprecise way of managing our natural environment - they reduce the variety of plants in our city and threaten habitats for pollinators such as bees. Where necessary, we should employ alternative, targeted approaches to manage the ecosystem.
“With Lib Dem colleagues on the County Council looking at ways of improving the wildlife value of road verges, we want this to be part of an overall strategy aimed at changing the way we interact with our environment.
“Trials of stopping pesticides in Cambridge’s open spaces this year have been successful and we now think it is the right time to take things further. We should join other cities such as Bristol and Brighton and pledge to become pesticide-free.”