Climate emergency declared by TVBC

A climate crisis has been declared by the Test Valley Borough Council as it opens up its battle against climate change.

Council leader, councillor Phil North, placed the movement forward at a complete council meeting in Romsey on September 4. The authority has already started projects to outline how it can eliminate its carbon footprint after obtaining councillors’ permission and obtaining cross-party assistance.

In recent years, the Authority has implemented a number of changes in an effort to become more environmentally sustainable, including installing LED lighting and solar panels at its Portway depot, expanding its fleet of electric vehicles, and advancing plans to install 18 charging points for electric vehicles in Andover and Romsey.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee of the council will now bring up a strategy for how the agency can eliminate its carbon footprint over the next six months.

Councillor Phil North, said: “It was fantastic to see a number of members of the public not only in vocal support of the motion but actually speaking to councillors, too. This is a vital issue that I am passionate about and committed to. I would encourage people to contact me with any ideas they may have as to how we can tackle this.

“We are now focusing on developing an intervention strategy to eliminate our carbon footprint as quickly as feasible and, with cross-party assistance, this can be achieved before the 2050 public goal.” Liberal Democrat president Celia Dowden stated: “We need everyone to participate and assess their decisions as we strive to take about improvement on a domestic scale. All matters as we move together in the national struggle.

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