So the deed is done and rabbits at Waterhall Golf Course have been gassed. How sad – and disappointing – since the council was offered the services of a humane control expert and turned him down.

Since the site isn’t isolated from the surrounding countryside, other rabbits will move into the space, making the whole exercise a waste of money. And since badger setts and fox earths often run into rabbit warrens and other creatures such as hedgehogs, stoats, weasels and a variety of insects use the underground tunnels, how can the council be sure they haven’t killed other creatures?

On the Health and Safety Executive website concerning the use of aluminium phosphide gas, which I assume is what was used, they state: “Before using these compounds you need to consider other methods of pest control.” Did the council do this?

“Check that weather conditions are suitable – do not use compounds in wet weather (including heavy mists) or strong winds.” That’s exactly the weather we have had over the past few weeks.

“All moisture-activated gassing compounds are classified as ‘very toxic’ chemicals. These products are extremely dangerous to the aquatic environment so water courses must not be contaminated with the chemical.” The Downs are chalk and very porous with numerous underground aquifers.

Readers can make up their own minds whether gassing was the right course of action, both ethically and environmentally.

Sue Baumgardt, Stoneham Road, Hove