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Have your say on how to tackle climate change in Salisbury

Have your say on how to tackle climate change in Salisbury

Published by Jack Deery at 5:37am 26th February 2020.

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Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council are hosting a community forum tonight (Wednesday 26th February).

They want people living in the city to come along and discuss ways that we can work with the local authorities to deliver initiatives that will help tackle climate change. 

The three plans were suggested by the public at a meeting in November 2019: 

  • Improving walking and cycling in the city
  • Planting more trees in the city
  • Reducing food waste in the city
Cycle path sign in Cathedral Close - cycling bikes bicycle (Mike Draper) (2)
They want to see how the councils and the community can work together with things like improving cycling in the city

After both declaring a climate emergency last year, the organisations aim to make Salisbury carbon neutral by 2030. 

Leader of Salisbury City Council, Cllr Jeremy Nettle said:

"We are determined to tackle climate change in Salisbury head on and we have created an action plan to ensure we do exactly that.

However, we don't want to rest on our laurels and look forward to working in partnership with the community on further ways to tackle climate change in the city." 

The public forum is taking place at The Guildhall, Salisbury, at 6pm tonight (26th Feb). 

Salisbury Guildhall (Jack Deery)
The meeting is taking place at The Guildhall tonight

MAKING SALISBURY GREENER 

Since declaring a climate emergency, both councils have taken "positive steps forward" in helping the city become more climate friendly. 

Salisbury City Council say they have been executing their own plans: 

  • Invested in battery powered machines for maintaining our parks
  • Installed PV solar panels on The Guildhall
  • Two water fountains in the city centre
  • A recycling bin on the Market Square 
  • Introduced wild flower and tree planting programmes across the city
Water Fountain Market Square Salisbury
Two water fountains have been installed in Salisbury's city centre, including this one in the Guildhall Square

While Wiltshire Council say they have been doing a number of things, including: 

  • Committed to invest £5.2m to make its buildings more energy efficient
  • Encouraged the public to make a Green Pledge
  • Secured all the electricity on its corporate contract from a green tariff from April 2020
  • Supported the bid and invested to bring electric buses to Salisbury
  • Committed to invest £3.8 million assigned to solar projects on park and ride sites
  • Proposed funding a climate change team in the 2020/21 draft budget
  • Committed to invest £12m on a major public highway LED light replacement project

They say they want to develop and bring forward more initiatives as part of the Central Area Framework.

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