Policy Statement: Environment & Green Communities

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We need to take action on climate change and protect our rural environment.

We recognise that climate change is a real and growing threat to this planet and accept our responsibility to show determination and leadership in addressing the challenge and preparing Uttlesford for a sustainable future.

We will strive to deliver truly Green Communities, with new open spaces, more trees and improved connectivity for walking and cycling.

We aim to ensure that everyone can breathe clean air, and live in unpolluted towns and villages with clean public transport, more vehicle charging points and clean low-carbon local energy. We will give local town and parish councils the means to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of our towns and villages.

We will monitor and seek to reduce pollution; improve and increase recycling; reduce single-use plastic; monitor flood protection, and improve and increase wild green spaces. We will support allotments and local food production and will encourage more farmers’ markets.

We will seek to continually raise the energy standards of our homes and workplaces and insist that developers install energy conserving technologies in their designs.

Through our Stansted Airport Policy we are committed to striking a fairer deal with the airport so that they take responsibility for their environmental impact, including dirty air, noise, recycling rates, congestion, and village fly-parking.

Where we control council budgets, we will aim to replace petrol and diesel-driven equipment with electric or alternative fuels at the end of their working lives.