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Plans to combat climate change criticised by Newark and Sherwood District Council councillors at leisure and environment committee

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Plans to combat climate change were criticised by district councillors.

The plan was put together by a newly-created steering group after Newark and Sherwood District Council declared a climate emergency in June.

Kate Marshall, the council’s policy and projects officer, outlined it to the leisure and environment committee.

Plans to combat climate change criticised.
Plans to combat climate change criticised.

It included a timetable for the plan of action, including the production of a draft Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan by February 2020 and the first annual update expected in March 2021.

Committee chairman Mr Roger Jackson, said: “It’ is a good start but it is not just what we do, it is what everyone does. It is important to engage with the community to make a real difference.

“This is a very important issue and we have to start somewhere, but we need to widen it, especially the partnerships with other councils and to broaden it out.

“We ourselves cannot stop climate change, but if every other council does a little bit, like we are, that is better.”

Mr Peter Harris said: “We have to start somewhere but this is a poor start. We are in a climate emergency and we need a single point of contact.

“I expected greater clarity and a better timeline. I do support this but with reluctance.”

Mr Johno Lee said: “I welcome this report as I’m passionate about all things green, but I was very disappointed that we (the committee) won’t get a say.”


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