Wiltshire Council Draft Climate Strategy and Green&Blue Infrastructure –

Your Support and Comments Needed

After seeking feedback on discussion documents earlier in the year, Wiltshire Council has created a draft Climate Strategy document. It is quite short and readable, explaining the main areas they will address, and says that detailed delivery plans will be developed afterwards.

If you would like to see the council take faster and more urgent action to help us aim for net zero by 2030, please sign our petition here. Please get your friends to sign as well. If we get 5,000 signatures, they have to debate it at the next full Council meeting.

The council are seeking feedback on the strategy document until 17-Oct. WCA is gathering member input for our response but responses from individuals and member groups are very important too, so do have a look

There is also the important Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy consultation running concurrently that needs comments.

You might also want to register for Wiltshire Council webinars or attend one of their drop-in events at the main libraries in Wiltshire, details on the Wiltshire Council page.

More details from WCA here

 

Community Meeting, Responses to drop-in event on Saturday 2nd October 2021

Village Hall

 

BUSHTON AND CLYFFE PYPARD CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE

WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE? POSTER

6 Responses

Reduction in wildlife – insects, birds, larger animals

Impact on wildlife

Our duty to the next generations – absolutely

Life on this planet will become harder for all – not just humans

Renewables

Network of trusted suppliers – collective purchasing green services (loft insulation etc)

 

POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE

2 responses

Maybe.. Set up “bi-monthly”pop up in village hall to swap food – maybe even over-loaded freezer food/produce – sell/swap. Money to village hall or church. Simone.

Trees, farms, flowers, animals. Bus, bicycle.Ruby

 

WCA PETITION

4 signatures.

 

VOLUNTEER/HELPER LIST WITH AREAS OF INTEREST/OFFERS OF HELP

7 responses

Farming and its relationship to the environment. Natural energy sources.

Food waste. Footpaths. Veg/food sharing. Repurpose food. Cooking.

Footpaths, safe cycling. Local food production. Travel – local and further afield. Sensitively designed new build.

Transport. Community initiatives. Farming.

Biodiversity.

Recycling, reuse.

Energy efficiency. Sustainability. Housing – fabric first efficiency.

 

SUGGESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON WC CLIMATE STRATEGY THEMES

Green economy

Support small local businesses

 

Natural environment, food and farming

Create habitat corridors

Agroecological systems 

Prevent run-off into streams ✓

Avoid herbicides ✓

Use natural systems ✓

Plant more trees ✓

Comment –       survey and record via community environmental toolkit

reduce verge and hedge cutting

Comments –     Really? Accident ‘waiting to happen’ with poor/reduced visibility

It has a natural traffic calming effect

Other comments

Stop bonfires

Share veg and fruit- outside your gate

 

Transport

Work from home more ✓

Electric cars ✓

Local delivery hubs ✓

Avoid unnecessary travel ✓✓

Buy locally ✓

Make Cycling and walking safer and easier ✓

Comment –       walking and cycling along the lanes can be hazardous because: traffic too fast; large                             farm vehicles; potholes/uneven roads; very dangerous for cyclists

 

Built environment

LED lighting ✓✓

Sockets for EV cars  ✓✓

What about Fuel poverty ✓

Energy efficient appliances ✓✓

Low water use appliances ✓

Reduce indoor temperatures ✓✓✓

Switch off appliances and lights when not used ✓✓✓

Prevent overheating in summer ✓✓

Replace gas by renewable electricity ✓

Harvest rainwater ✓✓

Solar panels on houses ✓

Comment –  and caravans (see energy sheet)

Air source heat pumps ✓

Insulate existing homes ✓✓

Zero carbon new homes ✓

Other comments

New build fabric first high levels of insulation, air tightness, triple glazing etc….

 

Waste

Better recycling collection ✓

Plan food purchases to avoid waste ✓

Compost all green waste ✓

Promote deposit on containers ✓

Teach children to repair clothes and other items ✓

Comment –       teach everyone

Other comments

Shop for neighbours when going to supermarkets etc.

Be happy with what you already have – Yes!

Buy and consume less – Yes!

 

Energy

Set up community energy company ✓

Comment –       more solar panels on farm buildings

Wind turbines ✓

Generate biogas from farm waste ✓

Solar farms

Comments –      ?

Encourage new-build caravans to have pv roofs