A Liberal Democrat County Councillor is celebrating after she got fellow politicians from all parties on East Sussex County Council to ban the use of a pesticide which has been linked to the decline of bees.
Cllr Ros St Pierre (Lib Dem, Ringmer and Lewes Bridge), said: “I was delighted (and somewhat surprised) to have unanimous support for my motion which resulted in an undertaking that no neonectinoids will be used on ESCC owned land now or in the future.
“The County Council has massive land holdings which include the Ashdown Forest, Seven Sisters Country Park, a number of commons including Chailey and Ditchling, Rye Harbour and lands currently tenanted for grazing.
“At the moment the EU ban on this pesticide holds, but is to be reconsidered by Cameron in December. Thus agreement to a ban regardless of the decision by national government was very important.
“Although some of the Districts and Boroughs have adopted a ban, I think this was the first time there was cross party support (following a lively debate) of a large Local Authority.
“As a Liberal Democrat I am proud to have led the call to save our bees in East Sussex. Let’s hope other councils follow”.