UDC declares Climate & Environmental Emergency and commits to Carbon Net Zero 2030 goal

Under Residents for Uttlesford leadership last week Uttlesford District Council has declared a Climate & Environmental Emergency, committed to a Carbon Net Zero 2030 goal, and the delivery of a suite of air quality, biodiversity and carbon reduction initiatives through its ‘ABC for Life’ policy programme.

John Lodge (R4U) John Lodge (R4U)

UDC Council Leader Cllr John Lodge said “We all love where we live and want to protect it. In our manifesto R4U pledged to step up action on green issues and the environment – and we said we’d break down political boundaries and foster cross-party working. We are delivering on those promises. With all-party backing at UDC we have declared a Climate & Environmental Emergency in Uttlesford and committed to a Carbon Net Zero goal by 2030. The development of the supporting policies is underway and is being led by our Environmental and Green Portfolio holder Cllr Louise Pepper.”

Louise Pepper (R4U) Louise Pepper (R4U)

Cllr Louise Pepper, UDC environmental portfolio holder added “The signs are around us every day and time is running out. We are facing a climate and ecological emergency. The International Panel on Climate Change reported that Carbon Dioxide emissions must be cut by 45 per cent by 2030 to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5C this century. We’ll seek to play our part locally through our new ‘ABC for Life’ policy programme. ‘ABC’ stands for the three biggest environmental issues, Air Quality, Biodiversity and Carbon Reduction. We are developing a comprehensive suite of policies to reduce pollution, deliver low energy new homes, vehicle charging infrastructure, ‘rewilding’, tree planting, and many other things. Stay tuned for more details in in the autumn. We also ask that all residents think about the easy and simple choices that they can make every day to play their part.”

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties.

R4U leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). It is the fastest growing local political movement in its district. In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In 2017 it solidified its position with a further by-election gain with 60% of the vote. In the May 2019 Local Elections R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK.

R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

R4U also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.