Decision Maker: Council
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Council considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance providing a Climate Emergency Statement (attached at Appendix 1 to the report) for Member discussion and adoption.
It was noted that the Inter Parliamentary Climate Change Commission advised the Council had until 2030 to take urgent action on climate change. The report provided an update on the District’s current status in respect of climate change and how declaring a climate emergency would be the first step towards a cleaner and more sustainable Council, benefitting both residents and future generations.
Members were advised that the Climate Emergency Statement would demonstrate the Council’s commitment to playing its part in helping the District by agreeing to reduce carbon emissions and become a net zero carbon organisation by 2030.
The Chairman put the recommendation as set out in the report and this was duly seconded.
During the debate and in response to a number of questions, the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance provided the following information:
· Climate change had been identified as part of the Council’s corporate plan along with the development of an environmental strategy, however due to the recent COVID crisis progress had been slow.
· The forthcoming review of the Local Development Plan would give opportunity to review and update the Council’s green policies. Reference to the Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) and planning policy would be included in the climate strategy as it was developed.
· In a statement to the Council a previous Leader of the Council had referred to the Council moving premises however it was noted that this had not been agreed by the Council.
· In response to a question regarding recycling Members were advised that the market had considerably dipped over the last couple of years and this had affected the Council’s contract.
During the discussion points of order were raised by Councillors Mrs P A Channer and A S Fluker in respond to comments made by other Members of the Committee.
The Chairman moved the recommendation as detailed in the report and this was duly agreed by assent.
RESOLVED that the Council adopts and publishes the Climate Emergency Statement attached at Appendix 1 to the report.
Publication date: 19/02/2021
Date of decision: 04/02/2021
Decided at meeting: 04/02/2021 - Council