Have your say on council plan to tackle climate change

Met office image showing the warming of global temperatures over time
The council has set out its priorities for tackling climate change locally in a new strategy published today.

Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to comment on the document which focuses on the council and wider district achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

It follows the council’s unanimous approval of a Climate Change Declaration in July 2019 and is supported by a published action plan detailing progress towards targets in key areas such as waste, land use, planning and transport.

Councillor Graham McAndrew, Executive Member for Environmental Sustainability, said: “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved since our 2019 declaration, including lowering our carbon emissions by 8% and setting up a local climate change forum. The council will also be adding to its existing e-vehicles chargers with a total of over 60 being available for use in our car parks by summer 2022.

“We’re making great progress and this document builds on that to guide our work towards a carbon neutral future.

“I know our communities care passionately about reducing climate change and adapting to its impacts which is why we want to hear from as many people as possible.”

The strategy and consultation survey can be found online and is open until 9am on Monday, 23 May.