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Better Warnings Needed About Plans To Spray Woodland With Pesticide, says Victoria Groulef

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West Berkshire Council and the Forestry Commission need to properly inform the public about any planned aerial pesticide spraying of woods in Sulham, Labour’s Victoria Groulef has said.

The Reading West parliamentary candidate raised concerns about a lack of information when nearby woodland was sprayed following concerns about Oak Processionary Moth last year.

It is believed that another round of aerial spraying, this time at popular dog walking woods near Pangbourne and Tilehurst could start as early as next week but there is little public information available.

Victoria said: “I have been contacted by concerned residents who would like to know when they are planning to spray Sulham woods.  I have been told that last year several residents, including a cyclist and a lady walking her dog, were caught up in the aerial spraying.  

“We need reassurances that the chemicals, including the carrier chemicals of the spray, are not harmful to health, and we need plenty of notice for the people who live nearby or come here to walk their dogs.

“Simply putting up a few signs, informing local landowners and using twitter is not good enough.  People in nearby villages have to be properly informed.”

As well as raising concerns over access to information, Victoria also queried how effective the treatment was as documents from environmental experts questioned if the spraying could eradicate the moths.

There were also issues about closing off the area as cars, dog walkers and residents were able to get close to the woods.

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