Council declares a climate emergency

Last week’s Council meeting agreed steps for the Council to tackle climate change across the district, including declaring a climate emergency.

Following a motion put forward by Councillor Chris Botten, which received overwhelming cross party support, it was agreed the Council will produce its own Climate Change Action Plan, setting out how the Council is already and will continue to reduce its environmental impact, with a view to being carbon neutral by 2030.

The Council will work to formally approve the plan within the next six months and the plan will be reviewed annually to reflect changes in legislation, advances in technology and new best practice or other changes that help tackle climate change. The Council’s progress against the plan will also be reviewed regularly by the Strategy & Resources Committee and all future committee reports will reference climate change implications.

The Council also agreed to work with other councils in the south east to support the delivery of carbon neutral targets to ensure:

  • The impact of climate change is considered in all future planning applications.
  • Residents, businesses and parish councils have the opportunity to be involved in producing the action plan.
  • Close working with younger residents in producing the action plan.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Tony Elias, said: “We all have a part to play in tackling climate change and the Council is no different. Our Climate Change Action Plan will be a huge step forward. We’ll work closely with other councils in the south east, as well as residents, businesses, communities and parish councils to prepare our plan for being carbon neutral by 2030.”

Councillor Chris Botten said: “All governments, whether national, regional or local, have a duty to limit the negative impacts of climate change. It’s important all organisations commit to being carbon neutral as soon as possible, to improve personal social and environmental wellbeing for our residents.”

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