Council to tackle climate change after declaring emergency

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 September 2019

Extinction Rebellion holding protest about Bristol Airport expansion at Nailsea Library.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Extinction Rebellion holding protest about Bristol Airport expansion at Nailsea Library. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Nailsea Town Council has declared a climate emergency and pledged to reduce its carbon footprint.

Climate Emergency Nailsea attended a council meeting and urged the authority to follow North Somerset Council's decision to take action against climate change.

Nailsea is one of a number of local authorities who have declared a climate emergency and are looking at how they can cut down on pollution and waste in their communities and encourage people to do their bit.

More: Council declares climate emergency.

Kingsley Belton, from Climate Emergency Nailsea, said: "We are really delighted that our town council has declared a climate emergency.

"The work needed is urgent, we are keen to support the council as it explores ways to reduce its carbon footprint.

"We believe there is a lot that can be done at this local level with imagination and commitment."

Climate Emergency Nailsea, which has changed its name from Extinction Rebellion Nailsea, is keen for businesses to look at ways they can reduce their carbon footprint and for residents to be given guidance on how to live in a more sustainable way.

The campaign group urged Nailsea Town Council to look at only using energy from renewable sources and suggested improving cycle paths, walkways and public transport to enable people to cut down on car use.

Town councillors agreed to set up a community interest group 
to investigate what the authority can do in relation to climate change.

Options councillors are exploring include installing electric car charging points in all car parks, ensuring new housing is carbon neutral, reducing plastics in shops and a ban on single-use plastics.

Other suggestions include increasing the amount of open space in the town, planting more trees, introducing electric buses to take passengers to the railway station and opening a repair shop.

The council is also keen to encourage less car use by developing footpaths and cycle paths into the town centre, adding public benches to ensure there are places for people to rest when walking, and improving bus routes into town.

People are being encouraged to recycle or reuse items, with the possibility of a new website being set up to enable people to offer unwanted items for free.

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