Salisbury City Council responds after call for Climate Emergency plan

Salisbury City Council responds after call for Climate Emergency plan

Published by Jack Deery at 5:47am 24th June 2020.

2 minute read

Environmental movement group Extinction Rebellion have asked them 'Where's your plan?' a year after they declared a Climate Emergency.

Members of the Salisbury branch of the group lit up Salisbury Guildhall with projections telling them to "act now" as they claimed that no plan has been put in place

So the City Council have now responded saying that there are clear aims in place to help them become carbon neutral by 2030 and have "clean air" by 2022. 

Extinction Rebellion Salisbury climate emergency Benji Goehl
Extinction Rebellion projected messages onto Salisbury Guildhall

They say that since declaring it, the following action is just some of the plans that have been carried out:

  • Solar panels installed on Guildhall roof
  • More staff cycling/walking to work
  • Replaced some parks maintenance tools with electric
  • Investigating a possible electric equivalent of their current parks vehicle
  • An electric hook up in Queen Elizabeth Gardens installed for the ice cream van
  • A number of joint workshops in partnership with Wiltshire Council to engage what the public can do to help
  • Salisbury Neighbourhood Development Plan Survey carried out
  • A fund of £10,000 allocated to planting as part of Salisbury City Council's Environmental action plan
  • Number of trees and hedged planted to improve biodiversity and CO2 emissions

Leader of the council, Jeremy Nettle said he hopes that it shows they have been taking action. 

Last October, Salisbury City Council also announced that £56,000 would be used to tackle the emergency, which Extinction Rebellion said they were pleased with.

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