Cut traffic and offer more free water suggested to cut Clevedon’s carbon footprint

Climate change concerns have been registered by Clevedon Town Council. Picture: Getty Images

Climate change concerns have been registered by Clevedon Town Council. Picture: Getty Images - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Free drinking water fountains and planting more trees are among the ideas put forward by a new campaign group which aims to make Clevedon environmentally friendly.

A climate emergency has been declared by Clevedon Town Council - among other authorities.

Several projects are planned to help the town cut its carbon footprint, with the council's working group taking the lead.

Barry Cherokoff, who is chairman of the group, says the issue of climate change needs tackling urgently.

The council wants to work alongside other environmental groups, such as Sustainable Clevedon and Plastic Free Clevedon, to ensure success is achieved in the community.

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Cllr Cherokoff said: "The potential for a positive change is immense, and there are possibilities for all to have an impact.

"Whether it is an extended and refined approach to recycling, the overall reduction of the use of plastic, the extended availability of free drinking water, replacing and planting additional trees, alternative energy sources, traffic reduction and public transport provision, targeting a zero carbon footprint for every new house built and targeting the carbon footprint reduction of existing homes, anything is possible."

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The town council is following the lead taken by Parliament and North Somerset Council in declaring a climate emergency.

More than 100 authorities across the country have done the same.

Cllr Cherokoff said: "The success of the projects and campaign activities that emerge will, as with everything in a community, depend on the involvement of that community.

"And where there is a need to influence and bring on board larger agencies, the town council will look to target and coordinate approaches to achieve change.

"There is a lot that is already happening in the community, and our aim is to ensure that awareness is broadened, and the activities expanded and added to."

The working group is asking people to come forward with sustainable ideas.

Cllr Cherokoff added: "The reason that people accept the duties of town councillor, and establish community groups, is simple.

"We care about our town, and we want it to be the best it can be, for all of us.

"But we are also aware Clevedon is not an island, and what we do impacts on others, and what others do impacts on us."

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