Play Your Part to tackle the climate emergency

25 October 2019

Environmental awareness is at the heart of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s plans for the next four years and beyond.

It is looking to invest £15.5 million on initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint, including energy efficient street lighting, energy generation and transport projects.

Tackling the climate emergency has been highlighted as a key challenge in the Council’s engagement on its new four-year plan for the borough.

This engagement, called Play Your Part, sets out the Council’s ideas on how it can make a difference and offers suggestions on how residents and businesses can help.

Among the Council’s plans are to become a low carbon organisation, work with business, industry and agriculture to reduce their carbon footprint, promote low carbon energy and move to a low carbon transport system.

It plans to help reduce, reuse and recycle more waste, use its planning powers to address climate change and plant more trees in the borough, as well as lobby for national change.

Councillor Karen Shore, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, said: “The evidence is clear that climate change poses a massive threat to our way of life and we must act now.

“Our Council has declared a climate emergency, which means that we recognise the scale and urgency of the challenge and our ambition is to make west Cheshire a carbon neutral borough by 2045.

“We have a number of ideas about what we can do in the next few years to start making a difference and we want to know what you think of our ideas and hear your ideas on how you can play your part.”

Some suggestions for how residents can help include buying local and plastic free, eating a greener diet, switching to greener energy and reducing waste.

Play Your Part is open for comments and ideas until 5 December, with a weekly focus on each of the challenges.

For more information visit Play Your Part.

You can also write to Play Your Part, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Council Offices, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE, or call: 0300 123 8 123 and quote ‘Play Your Part’.

A live online question time event will also take place on 11 November where members of the public can put their questions to Cabinet, the Council’s ruling group. To submit a question in advance visit Play Your Part, email or tweet @Go_CheshireWest using #playyourpartcw. You can also submit live questions during the event.

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