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Warwick District’s Climate Emergency Action Programme All-party Statement
Together, we believe that the time has now come to take practical action to deal with the Climate Emergency. Warwick District Council’s Officers and a cross-party group of Councillors have developed a plan ‘The Climate Emergency Action Programme’ that advocates strong local leadership and significant investment to change our future for the better.
This Plan will enable the Council to be carbon neutral by 2025 and help the district to also be carbon neutral by 2030, plus make necessary local preparations for climate disasters such as flooding. Investment today will help our communities ‘face the future’ with confidence.
Councillors believe that the fairest way to raise the money locally is through our Council tax. We will therefore be considering at the Council meeting on 26 February, asking residents for an increase of £1 per week (for a Band D property) at a Referendum to be held on 7 May; this would put £3m per year into a ‘ring-fenced’ Climate Action Fund.
Last summer, your Councillors put aside political differences and came together to unanimously declare a Climate Emergency. A far-reaching plan has since been developed to reduce the Council’s carbon emissions to zero and lead further climate change efforts across the district.
The Climate Emergency Action Programme is a positive programme that over the next decade will bring social, environmental and economic benefits to all our residents and businesses.
Warwick District Council is well placed to do this work, being strongly rooted in the local community with many of the practical skills and local contacts necessary to lead in implementing this ambitious plan, which will:
- Create major benefits for local residents, such as reduced congestion and improved air quality; enhanced biodiversity; and more energy efficient homes and public buildings.
- Partner, advise and encourage businesses and other organisations to take the necessary steps to meet the challenges of climate change.
- Enable the Council to be carbon-neutral by 2025.
This statement is agreed by the group leaders of all the political parties on Warwick District Council
Cllr Alan Boad – Liberal Democrat
Cllr Geraldine Cullinan – Labour
Cllr Ian Davison – Green
Cllr Andrew Day – Conservative
Cllr Tony Heath – Whitnash Residents
Warwick District Climate Emergency Action Programme: recommendations 2.1 and 2.2 give the main aims. The appendices contain detailed information on implementation.
The General Fund Budget and Council Tax Report – Recommendation 2.9 proposes the budget increase that will require a referendum. Section 3.3 explains why current funds are insufficient.
The Council proposes to establish an annual £3 million hypothecated Climate Action Fund, created through a progressive increase in Council tax, which would see a Band D household contributing an additional £1 per week.
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Those on a low income may qualify for a reduction under the Council’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
12 February Executive First decision on these proposals
26 February Council Final Council decision
7 May Referendum Residents’ decision / Announcement of outcome
Open Letter to Norton Lindsey from WDC Councillor Alan Rhead
At the last Norton Lindsay Parish Council meeting I set out that the environment and climate change was at the forefront of the District’s Conservative administration’s business strategy.
In empathy with that theme, and as the Portfolio holder for Business & Environment, I wanted to encourage Parish and Town Councils to consider how their own communities could contribute to this important challenge.
In June 2019 a ‘Climate Emergency’ motion was unanimously agreed at Warwick District’s Full Council. The motion called on the Council to:
- To establish how Warwick District Council can become net zero carbon by 2025 including contracted services in terms of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions; and,
- Facilitate the decarbonisation of businesses, organisations and residents so that the District’s carbon emissions are close to net zero by 2030.
I gave as a good example what the community of Barford had organised with their ‘BAR Zero’ organisation which is a forum for local action in Barford. On the agreement of the Parish Council I have made enquiries to see if the BAR Zero presentation can be made available for a similar presentation in the Norton Lindsey Village Hall.
Below are some photographs from the BAR Zero presentation:
So that members of the Norton Lindsey Community can be aware of the kinds of actions that can be undertaken I set out what the District has done over the last few years in respect of addressing climate change.
- The Council has joined the UN ‘Climate Neutral Now’ programme and grant funding for the Carbon Neutral Gold Standard scheme has been awarded;
- The Council is the first to participate with One Carbon World (OCW) in carbon emissions offsetting;
- The rewards and benefits are multiple including:
- Expert independent help to work out the Council’s carbon footprint;
- Showing the community, the Council cares about sustaining future generations;
- Carbon credits retired in the Council’s name which can offset its carbon emissions;
- Contractors can join the OCW scheme through the Council’s scheme for the same price as the Council;
- A single use plastics policy has been implemented;
- A survey of the Council’s housing stock condition has been completed to consider future energy and water conservation measures;
- 60% of the Council’s fleet is now electric;
- A ‘Better Points’ scheme has been introduced to encourage Council employees to adopt walking and cycling alternatives to car use; to date 308 users have signed up;
- Design consultants have been appointed for the new Country Park between Warwick and Bishops Tachbrook to ensure no coalescence between the two communities;
- A Sustainable Buildings Development Plan Document (DPD) is being prepared to enhance the Local Plan policies for all new housing developments so that they are to be more sustainable with renewable energy and water conservation;
- Promoted ‘Refill Scheme’ for water bottle replenishment;
- Introduced wildflower meadows including cemeteries;
- Completed a staff travel survey;
- Provided fuel poverty training to third sector;
The Future Plans include:
- Introducing Park & Ride/Stride facilities including electric buses;
- Planting 160,000 trees within the District;
- Researching a bike hire scheme for the main towns in the District;
- Reviewing consultant’s report on implementing a District network heating system;
- Providing a ‘Wayfinding’ scheme increasing signage to encourage walking & cycling;
- Encouraging private landlords to improve the EPC rating of their properties;
- Researching better control of wood-burning stoves and use of kiln dried wood;
- Aiming for Council electric fleet to be increased to 72% by 2021;
- Considering encouraging use of electric vehicles with free parking;
- Reviewing the air quality action plan and considering mitigating actions including ‘anti-idling’ legislation;
- Trialling ‘paper free’ Committee agendas;
- Researching alternative waste collection services to reduce waste to landfill;
- Investigating renewable energy solar farms and Council roof solar PV panels;
- Researching with partners for electric bus services and associated charging infrastructure.
Councillor Alan Rhead
Portfolio Holder for Business & Environment
Did you know that fibre broadband may be available to you already?
CSW Broadband has already completed these upgrades to communities within Norton Lindsey parish:
Cabinet / Structure: Area served by upgrade:
|Claverdon 1||Parts of Norton Lindsey area – including properties within the CV35 8DL, CV35 8JA, CV35 8JB, CV35 8JD, CV35 8JE, CV35 8JF, CV35 8JH, CV35 8JJ, CV35 8JL, CV35 8JN, CV35 8JP, CV35 8JQ, CV35 8JR, CV35 8JS, CV35 8JU, CV35 8JX & CV35 8JZ postcodes.|
|Claverdon PV39 FTTP||Parts of Norton Lindsey area – including properties within the CV35 8JR, CV35 8JT, CV35 8JY, CV35 8PQ & CV35 8RA postcodes.|
|Claverdon PV45 FTTP||Parts of Norton Lindsey area – including properties within the CV35 8JA & CV35 8JN postcodes.|
|Snitterfield PV37 FTTP||Parts of Norton Lindsey area – including properties in the CV35 8JJ & CV35 8JQ postcodes.|
To find out if you can get fibre broadband:
- Enter your landline number or address into the BT Broadband Availability Checker.
If fibre is available, either ‘VDSL Range A & B’ or ‘WBC FTTP’ will be listed in the ‘Featured Products’ column of the results table along with the speeds you are likely to achieve.
Our How to use the BT Broadband Availability Checker web page will help you make sense of the Availability Checker results.
- Remember, that if fibre is available, you will need to order the improved service to benefit from it. Use a comparison site such as: MoneySavingExpert.com, Broadbandchoices, Broadband Genie or Cable.co.uk to find / order a broadband package that meets your needs.
What are the benefits?
Having access to faster broadband allows you to:
- Browse the web faster
- Stream HD films, TV shows, games and videos without buffering slowing you down
- Talk face-to-face with friends and family using Skype, FaceTime or similar software
- Compete with other businesses in the increasingly competitive global marketplace
- Reduce workplace costs through remote working / working from home
Please Note: Not every property connected to an upgraded FTTC cabinet is guaranteed to benefit due to some properties’ distances from the cabinet and/or the quality of copper connections.
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