Council pledges to go carbon neutral by 2030 after making 'historic decision'

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:31 05 July 2019

Kerry Shearan and the volunteers from Plastic Free Clevedon on the beach by Clevedon pier.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Kerry Shearan and the volunteers from Plastic Free Clevedon on the beach by Clevedon pier. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A town council has pledged to do 'whatever is in its power' to make Clevedon carbon neutral by 2030.

Clevedon Town Council followed North Somerset Council and other local authorities by declaring a climate emergency.

It agreed the resolution at its June's full council meeting.

Climate Emergency Clevedon representatives, in an open letter to the council, said: "Following North Somerset Council's historic decision to declare a climate emergency and to commit to making North Somerset carbon neutral by 2030, we wrote to ask Clevedon Town Council to do the same.

"We understood this would be a bold decision but believed action at the most local level, alongside action by the district council and national and international governments, is essential to meet the challenge we face.

"We believe this also a historic opportunity for the council - as it is for individuals, businesses and Government at all levels."

The group and Clevedon School hosted a climate change hustings, in the lead up to the May local elections, where the 'urgency' of the issue had 'significantly grown'.

Councillors met again on June 24 to discuss how it can meet its climate obligations and attempted to map out the way forward.

They pledged to do 'whatever is in the council's power to make the town of Clevedon carbon neutral by 2030'.

It will also back a working group to investigate local responses.

Climate Emergency Clevedon spokesman Chris Boddington said: "Clevedon Town Council passing the resolution can be counted as a significant show of support for North Somerset's climate resolution in February.

"This is evidence the overwhelming majority of the town and district councillors in this region are now taking the man-made environmental threats to our civilisation very seriously."

The planning meeting which followed saw councillors unanimously agree to oppose the expansion of Bristol Airport due to the contribution to climate change.

The support to become environmentally-friendly in Clevedon is growing further after the creation of Plastic Free Clevedon.

The campaign is hoping to earn plastic-free status from the Surfers Against Sewage.

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