Amenity Pesticide Usage

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Dear Clackmannanshire Council,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information.

1. Please provide the following information on amenity pesticide usage:
a. A list of the pesticides you use (brand name, and active ingredient), this should include insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides and herbicides.
b. The COSHH assessment form for each of the pesticides you use.
c. Where these chemicals are used, i.e parks, road verges, pavements, tree bases etc.
d. Annual quantities of each pesticide used over the past 5 years. Please include the total amount of each used both by the council internally and externally through contractors.
e. Please also confirm the concentrations of each pesticide used at application.

2. What strategies does the council have in place to reduce the use of these pesticides? Please provide detail on these efforts including dates and costings where possible.

3. How much has the council spent on purchasing and spraying amenity pesticides over the past 5 years? Please include staff costs of people employed to undertake this (either contractors or council staff), personal protective equipment, safety training, spray equipment, hazard signs, etc.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested above for any reason, I would be grateful for any further advice or assistance as to how I can refine my request. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs as necessary.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Kate Basley

Suzanne Kettrick, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. Kate Basley Contact: Suzanne Kettrick
Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: PLA045EF78
Date: 11/08/2020

Dear Ms. Basley

Freedom of Information : PLA045EF78

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received
on 11/08/2020 about Amenity Pesticide Usage.   It will be forwarded to the
appropriate Council Service for action and you should receive a response,
or a request for clarification by 08/09/2020. If there is a need to
clarify anything relating to your request, colleagues will contact you.  

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  

Yours sincerely

Suzanne Kettrick

Suzanne Kettrick, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. Kate Basley Contact: Suzanne Kettrick
  Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: PLA045EF78
Date: 25/08/2020

Dear Ms. Basley

Freedom of Information Enquiry: PLA045EF78

Thank you for your information request dated 11/08/2020.

I am happy to supply you with the information you requested.

1. Please provide the following information on amenity pesticide usage:
             
a. A list of the pesticides you use (brand name, and active ingredient),
this should include insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides and
herbicides.
                Roundup Pro Biactive 360,  Active ingredient - Glyphosate

b. The COSHH assessment form for each of the pesticides you use.
                See attached Safety data Sheet

c. Where these chemicals are used, i.e parks, road verges, pavements, tree
bases etc.
               All amenity areas eg parks, open spaces, education
properties plus road and footpath kerbs

d. Annual quantities of each pesticide used over the past 5 years. Please
include the total amount of each used both by the council internally and
externally through contractors.
                2015 - 900 ltrs
 2016 - 780 ltrs
 2017 - 660 ltrs
                2018 - 560 ltrs
                2019 - 660 ltrs
e. Please also confirm the concentrations of each pesticide used at
application.
               20 ml chemical per litre of water

2. What strategies does the council have in place to reduce the use of
these pesticides? Please provide detail on these efforts including dates
and costings where possible.
               We have reduced the number of spray applications and used
alternative methods of vegetation control when and where possible  eg
strimming.  I'm sorry we don't have any costing records.

3. How much has the council spent on purchasing and spraying amenity
pesticides over the past 5 years? Please include staff costs of people
employed to undertake this (either contractors or council staff), personal
protective equipment, safety     training, spray equipment, hazard signs,
etc.
               I'm sorry but we don't record this information
 

Yours sincerely

Suzanne Kettrick

(See attached file: Roundup Pro Biactive 360.pdf)

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Dear Suzanne,

Thank you very much for the information you have provided. Are you aware of another avenue I could pursue to find out the cost of using pesticides for the Council? Or perhaps it is a case of rewording my question?

I appreciate your time helping me with this! Thanks again.

Best wishes,
Kate

Dana Scjalokaite, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. Kate Basley Contact: Dana Scjalokaite
Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: PLA045EF78
Date: 02/09/2020

Dear Ms. Basley

Freedom of Information : PLA045EF78

I acknowledge receipt of your request for a review which was received on
26/08/2020 about Amenity Pesticide Usage.   It will be forwarded to the
appropriate Council Service for action and you should receive a response,
or a request for clarification by 23/09/2020. If there is a need to
clarify anything relating to your request, colleagues will contact you.  

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  

Yours sincerely

Dana Scjalokaite

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Dana Scjalokaite, Clackmannanshire Council

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Dear Ms. Basley

Could you please clarify, as our original response was that the
information is not held/recorded in the detail you are looking for, would
you like to narrow it down ie to the cost of purchase of the pesticides?

Kindest regards,

Dana Scjalokaite
Governance Officer (Acting)
Clackmannanshire Council
Legal & Governance Service
Kilncraigs
Greenside Street
Alloa
FK10 1EB

From: Kate Basley <[FOI #683770 email]>
To: FOI requests at Clackmannanshire Council <[Clackmannanshire Council request email]>
Date: 25/08/2020 20:05
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Amenity Pesticide Usage

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Dear Ms Scjalokaite,

Thank you for your email. Yes, if I could narrow it down only to the cost of purchase of the pesticides over the past five years that would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes,
Kate

Dana Scjalokaite, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. Kate Basley Contact: Dana Scjalokaite
  Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: PLA045EF78
Date: 17/09/2020

Dear Ms. Basley

Freedom of Information Review: PLA045EF78

Please see attached.

Yours sincerely,

Dana Scjalokaite

(See attached file: Review PLA045EF78.docx)

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|  If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the review you have |
| the right to appeal directly to The Scottish Information |
| Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St. Andrews, Fife |
| KY16 9DS, or online www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal within 6 |
| months. |
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