Council 'supercharges' efforts to protect biodiversity
13th September 2019
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It’s a great week for the environment in Eastbourne after the council’s Cabinet agreed to ‘supercharge’ plans for the protection of local biodiversity. 

Councillors have given the green light to a new strategy that sets out how the council will make the town an even greater place for pollinating insects and introduced a new policy that aims to end the use of pesticides through a phased reduction.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “The supercharge has kicked in on our plans for making the town’s environment the thriving habitat that everyone wants to see and enjoy, especially our insects!  These crucial new frameworks for land management put environmental best practice front and centre and I’m very proud to be part of this vital undertaking.”

The Pollinator Strategy details how the council will maintain, protect and enhance key habitats over the long-term for the many species of insects that pollinate crops and wildflowers including bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles and wasps. They are integral to our ecosystems but are sadly under threat.

People will also be encouraged to cultivate their own pollinator-friendly spaces.

The Pesticide Policy reinforces the council’s commitment to avoiding pesticides whenever possible on its sites including parks, recreation grounds, sports fields, downland, cemeteries and nature reserves. Children’s play areas are already pesticide-free.

Cllr Dow added: “We will make every effort to steer clear of chemicals. And in any instances where alternative methods are either not currently available or not effective, we will always resolve the problem with as little effect on the environment as possible.”

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