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   Climate Change Emergency    16 December, 2021

Climate Change Emergency

Swallowfield Parish Council has recently established a new Climate Change Emergency Working Group, to to review and recommend how the Parish Council can continue to reduce its environmental impact, in support of Wokingham Borough Council’s wider response to the climate emergency and its published Action Plan. Further information on this can be found here. This Working Group will be led by a lead Councillor, selected by the full Parish Council, and supported by at least two further parish councillors. The new lead Councillor for the climate change emergency is Cllr David Lamont. As a Parish Council we aim to:

  • Review and recommend how we can reduce the environmental impact of our premises and operations.
  • Minimise the level of waste going to landfill or incineration and increase the availability of bins for recyclable waste in the Parish.
  • Protect and preserve green spaces in the Parish and safeguard the rural nature and character of the area.
  • Effectively utilise the potential of the land we own or manage in support of nature and wildlife, including identifying areas suitable for tree, wildflower and other planting.
  • Avoid the use of herbicides, pesticides and other non-organic or harmful substances on our land.
  • Manage flood risk and other environmental factors through our established Flood and Resilience Group (FRG). • Divest in the fossil fuel industry.
  • Undertake a climate change impact assessment as part of our procurement processes, to identify and select sustainable goods, services and suppliers wherever possible and in line with our resources.
  • Work with public transport providers serving the Parish and promote cycling, running and walking in our local area. • Seek and listen to ideas and input from residents and others in our community.
  • Inform residents and others in our community how they can help.
  • Engage with Wokingham Borough Council and neighbouring parish councils to share and adopt best practice. • Review and update all our policies to support the above aims
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