RESIDENTS will soon have the chance to help make Warwickshire a greener place.
Warwickshire County Council (WCC) will be inviting residents, businesses, community and voluntary groups to give feedback on its draft Sustainable Futures Strategy.
As part of its Council Plan for 2022 to 2027, WCC has identified becoming a county with a sustainable future as one of its main priorities. This means adapting to and mitigating climate change and meeting the agreed net zero commitments so that future generations can live well and reap the benefits of a sustainable and thriving Warwickshire.
The Sustainable Futures Strategy sets out steps to deliver on:
– WCC’s commitment to be a net zero carbon council by 2030
– The roadmap to Warwickshire becoming net zero by 2050
– WCC’s biodiversity commitments
– Its commitments to support and deliver on the UN sustainable development goals
The next step is to get community views on the plan. This is expected to begin in mid-November and run through until mid-January 2023.
Part of the engagement will be a survey hosted on the Ask Warwickshire platform that will ask people for their views on the strategy, the priority areas and how people want to stay up-to-date with ongoing climate change and sustainability projects.
Coun Heather Timms, WCC’s spokesperson for environment, climate and culture, said: “We are very excited to share our new Sustainable Futures Strategy because it sets out our direction of travel as a council for years to come. It shares our plans for rising to the challenge of mitigating and adapting to our planet’s changing climate, but it also embraces sustainability in its widest sense. This includes how we want to build sustainable communities and develop the green economy in Warwickshire and protect and increase our precious biodiversity and habitats.
“Sharing this strategy with the people of Warwickshire is particularly important because sustainability is something we can’t do alone. We are keen to work in partnership and collaboration with the communities of Warwickshire as we deliver this, so I hope as many people as possible will give us their views when the engagement survey goes live in November.”
The draft Sustainable Futures Strategy can be viewed at https://democracy.warwickshire.gov.uk/documents/s27107/CabinetpaperSustainableFuturesStrategyOct2022Final.pdf