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Labour call for Barnet Council to go pesticide-free

Barnet’s Labour councillors are calling for Barnet Council to investigate the best way to tackle weeds without using pesticides and herbicides like Glyphosate which can cause harm to people, animals and the environment. A Labour Full Council motion on the issue has been referred to the next Environment Committee meeting on 8 October for discussion.

The text of the motion submitted by East Barnet Labour councillor, Jo Cooper says:

“Council notes that pesticides and herbicides like Glyphosate that are used in our parks and public spaces can cause harm to people, animals and the environment. Council notes that LB Hammersmith & Fulham have gone pesticide free, and other councils are now taking the pesticide free route.

Council requests that the Environment Committee investigate the best way for LB Barnet to go pesticide free, and report back to Full Council with options.”

Cllr Jo Cooper said: “Unfortunately the Tory amendment to this motion was merely to monitor EU Safety Legislation on Glyphosate products until 2022. Barnet residents want weeds cleared using products and methods that do not potentially risk health to people, pets and wildlife. Yet again, a lack of commitment by the Tory council to even look at alternative options shows their total disregard for residents’ concerns.  Labour councillors will continue to push for action on this issue.”

Police have arrested a 66 year old man who was preparing a souvla in connection with forest fire at Milikouri in Cyprus

A 66 year old man has been arrested in connection with the forest fire in Milikouri in the Nicosia area in Cyprus there have been reports that he was preparing to cook a souvla and allegedly was the cause of …

Five British boys arrested in Ayia Napa, Cyprus for attacking tourist also from the UK

Five British boys aged 19-20 were arrested early morning on Tuesday in Ayia Napa, Cyprus for attacking a 21 year old boy also from the UK.

Two of the boys were arrested soon after and have been held for eight …

Agreement signed to build above Farringdon station as part of huge programme of Elizabeth line property development

“As a key part of our huge development pipeline, the Elizabeth line schemes are directly opening up opportunities for new homes and

Man handed prison sentence following “savage” assault on Victoria Line – London

A man who punched and assaulted a passenger on an early morning Victoria Line train has been handed a six and a half year prison sentence.

Alexander Oulton, aged 28 and of Drayford Close, London appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court …

A big thank you from the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK

The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK #HandsOffCyprus email campaign resulted in 268 different MPs being contacted by their constituents – that’s over 41% of the total number of MPs!!

The Federation would like to. Say thank you to …

A total of 61,517 migrants and refugees reach Europe by sea in 2018, 108 to Cyprus

More than 1,500 people have lost their lives this year in their effort to reach Europe by sea, while according to data by the International Organization for Migration, between 1st of January until the 12th of August 61,517 migrants and

Morphou Council protests Turkish occupation and sends resolution to UNSC embassies in Nicosia

The Morphou Municipal Council strongly protests to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council against the ongoing flagrant violation of human rights following the occupation of Morphou by the Turkish troops in 1974.

In a resolution it adopted …

Greek soldiers released from Turkish jail return home

Two Greek soldiers freed after months in a Turkish prison returned to Greece by government jet early Wednesday after their unexpected release by a provincial court.

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said he phoned his Turkish counterpart to express his satisfaction

Haringey Council tax support for poorest residents – consultation

Proposals to end council tax for some of Haringey’s poorest residents will go to a public consultation, as Cabinet continues its work to create a fairer borough.

All residents will be asked for their views on plans to update Haringey’s