Council Agrees Climate Change Emergency Declaration

At a cross-party decision at the full council meeting on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 councillors agreed that Epsom & Ewell Borough Council had a role in helping address the serious and accelerating impact on the environment and people’s lives resulting from climate change.

Councillors agreed to establish an Epsom & Ewell Borough Council climate change action plan, with targets for the council to cut its environmental impact and steps to become carbon neutral. The action plan will be ratified within six months and reviewed annually.

The forthcoming local plan will also be a further opportunity to improve biodiversity and green spaces, to optimise the energy efficiency of future developments, encourage more sustainable transport options, including increases the opportunities to walk and cycle within the borough.

Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Environment and Safe Communities committee, said: “This is a hugely significant moment and is probably the most important issue that this council has ever debated; I am pleased that there is cross-party agreement on this very important issue. “This will be an opportunity to bring together all the positive work that the council is already doing in this area, as well as initiate new policies and ideas that can make an even bigger contribution to protecting the environment and the climate. The target to become carbon neutral will not be easy but I know that there is the resolve to achieve this. “This isn’t something the council can deliver on our own. We will be engaging with the wider community, tapping into the knowledge and passion that already exists, working with and learning from our residents, businesses and others to reduce CO2 emissions across the borough in order to meet our targets”.


2 thoughts on “Council Agrees Climate Change Emergency Declaration”

  1. Whilst I applaud The Council’s intention. Bearing this in mind, the proposed development to build 161 houses on the playing field, sold to a developer with all that entails in pollution, loss of green space, wildlife etc, extra traffic, safety. Will not help.

  2. I also applaud this decision but it is completely at odds with another recent decision also supported by Neil Dallen.

    Here we are in Epson a town that is blighted by traffic congestion with the A 24 almost at a standstill at peak times. The selective Catholic school St Josephs constantly complains about traffic outside the school and in surrounding roads, yet through its own admissions policy it encourages selected children to attend the school from outside the borough in preference to local children, that dont happen to support the Catholic faith.

    Mr Dallen supports a proposal from the school, to relax parking restrictions so more parents can drive into our borough to deposit their children at St Josephs. This has obvious environmental implications and is completely against this meetings objectives. I have to hope he will think on his decisions. Either he wants to cut emissions and encourage less reliance or cars or he doesn’t…which is it Mr Dallen because you cannot have it both ways? I would prefer to put the planet before the inconvenience of a few parents from outside our borough.

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