Better action on climate change

The district faces increasing environmental risks from the growing global climate emergency. Water management is a critical issue, and we will play an active role and work with partners to address the risks of flooding, sewage overflows into water courses and the requirement to conserve water.

We will lead by example, with the Council setting ambitious sustainability targets, for example require new buildings to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero by 2030; provide healthy places to live; reduce water usage and manage run off.

We will be open and ready to embrace changing technologies that enable us to reduce the use of fossil fuels. In the meantime, we will encourage the take-up of electric vehicles by increasing the number of fast charging points across the district, and review the planning requirements for the installation of heat pumps, with the aim of encouraging their use in existing properties.