Rother's declared target is to be carbon, and other noxious gasses, neutral by 2030.
This is an enormous task and is very much work in progress and will continue to be as
technology changes and the date draws closer.
Progress so far:
The Council's carbon footprint is being calculated to allow benchmarking and
detailed targets to be set
The Council only uses green electricity
The Council is part of Solar Together's initiative to install solar panels on domestic
The Council is developing its Local Plan which will include stringent environmental
targets including EV points
The Council has its own housing company building homes to higher environmental
standards than government minimum requirements
The Council welcomes the government's biodiversity net gain initiative
The Council works with its contractors and suppliers to ensure high environmental
The Council is working with Biffa to develop zero emission refuse collection
The Council is planning to redevelop the Town Hall to make it fit for purpose for
staff and more environmentally sustainable
The Council has a flexible approach to staff who want to work from home
The Council has a paperless pledge for staff and members
The Council is part of a tree planting project in Bexhill
There are many more ideas in the pipeline
26 October 2021
PLANNING PARKING AND PROMOTION
Meetings, trainings, and webinars have been happening virtually every weekday during the last 6 months and your ward councillors have been busy leading, attending and listening in to many of them.
The introduction of recorded council meetings watched by many, live or later on YOU TUBE, has been welcomed by us all as well as many members of the public.
Planning committee changes to allow Ward Councillors to speak for 5 minutes as representatives of residents, either in opposition or in agreement to officers recommendations, have been used at each of the planning meetings with Councillors speaking on matters ranging from the proposed car park at Whatlington church, the unauthorised development at Netherfield and the proposed development behind Watch Oak house and Chain Lane.
Parking changes in Battle, as Councillor Field has reported, will commence on 29th September and your ward councillors will be pleased to listen to any comments (especially the positive ones) and use them when the review takes place in a years' time.
Promotion your ward councillors have been proactive in working with groups to Promote the cycling and walking strategy and are fighting for funding to improve cycleways and footpaths around the district. We have also been proactive in supporting local businesses to get grants to support them through the pandemic and Promoting a "Return to the High Street" with measures to Protect you, our residents. Working alongside the Chamber of Commerce we have Promoted and encouraged local businesses to obtain the "Good to Go" and "Covid safe" marks to protect our residents. We are also (at every opportunity) Promoting accessibility to the down platform at Battle Railway station east of the Marley Lane Level crossing.
Councillor Vikki Cook on behalf of Cllrs Dixon and Field
Professor Sir Robert Watson is a world authority on Climate Change. He has been the Chief Scientist of the World Bank and also the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
So his opinions ought to be listened to and respected.
He has just said that whilst the UK Government is setting targets to tackle both the climate crisis and the problem of the depletion of nature, it is lacking in bringing forward any policies which will achieve such aims, otherwise such targets are meaningless.
He highlighted that the Government's own advisers have stated the UK will not, on the basis of what it is proposing now, reach its key goal of reducing emissions by 78% of 1990 levels by 2035.
He also pointed out that the progress on legislation to introduce environmental protection legislation is stalled in Parliament, with all the signs that those arguing for weaker legislation than applied when we were members of the EU, are winning the day in the House of Commons.
He argued that since the UK is hosting the November COP26 world climate change summit in Glasgow, we should already be leading the way in not just setting targets but in starting to put policies into action.
The climate emergency will not wait while Boris fiddles and dithers.
Stephen Hardy MBE
Trustee CPRE Sussex
6 George Close