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Have your say on ambitious climate change plans.

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21 February 2022

Chorley Council have published their draft climate change strategy and now want people to have their say, in the form of a public consultation, to help finalise the plans.

Residents, businesses and other organisations are urged to complete the consultation, to give their views on priorities and objectives when it comes to climate action in the Borough.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council said: "Since declaring a climate emergency at the end of 2019 we've really accelerated the work we've been doing towards our goal of Chorley becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and we've been delivering significant climate action in the borough.

"The Climate Change Strategy really formalises this and outlines our future objectives and priorities for people to see. I urge everyone to take part in the consultation which gives residents, businesses and other organisations an opportunity to give their views on it and tell us what is important to them when it comes to climate change, helping us to finalise the plans to formulate a unified, borough-wide response to the climate emergency. We've also created a separate consultation survey specifically aimed at 13-18 year olds, as it's important that we capture the views of the young people of Chorley."

"We have dedicated resources in which to help drive climate action within the strategy and engage with the local community on this, which will achieve positive change for our local environment as well as our planet."

Some of the climate action already undertaken by Chorley Council includes, working with partners to encourage sustainable and active transport, improving energy efficiency (for example work with social housing providers and developing a programme to decarbonise council assets), tree planting and encouraging residents to get involved (towards the target of 116k trees to be planted in the borough by 2025), enhancing biodiversity and enabling natural flood management.

Most recently the council have committed to purchasing land close to Yarrow Valley Country Park for the purposes of biodiversity net gain and maintaining important grassland and wetland habitats. Although the purchase of the land is not yet a done deal, there is potential for around 10,000 trees to be planted on the land which is approximately 30 acres in size.

Priorities within the new climate change strategy include:

  • provide safe spaces for walking and cycling, promote sustainable public transport and greener private and commercial vehicles
  • embed climate change in everything the Council does from policy to decision making
  • deliver the decarbonisation of Council owned assets and improve the sustainability of the Council's fleet
  • develop robust planning policies to deliver adaption and mitigation
  • promote low carbon incentives and enable access to government funding within the Borough for low carbon technology
  • improve the Borough's recycling rates and work with partners, residents, businesses, schools, community groups and internally to reduce the volume of landfill waste produced in the borough
  • influence behaviour change by sharing knowledge, best practice and promoting debate around climate change across all groups and ages
  • deliver investment and improvements in the natural environment including waterways, areas of open space, natural habitats to deliver an increase in the biodiversity of Chorley

View the draft Climate Change Strategy 

Complete the Climate Change Strategy Consultation

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