Eco clubs at schools, community orchards and electric car charging points are all on the cards for Cheadle. This is what councillors during Cheadle Town Council’s virtual meeting on Monday were told by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Biodiversity, councillor Joe Porter.
Eco clubs at schools, community orchards and electric car charging points are all on the cards for Cheadle.
This is what councillors during Cheadle Town Council’s virtual meeting on Monday were told by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Biodiversity, councillor Joe Porter.
Councillors heard about the progress of the SMDC’s plans following the authority declaring a climate change emergency in July 2019.
Cllr Porter said: “Climate change is a top priority at SMDC and we have consultants investigating what can be done across our organisation.
“We aim to become carbon neutral across the council and the district itself.”
He further explained that SMDC are looking at how it can be more green and energy efficient both in its buildings and transport, such as refuse collections lorries.
He said that they were looking at putting solar panels on council owned buildings, and that there will be funds available for schools to help them set up Eco Clubs, and that there are plans afoot to have 30 community orchards across the district.
He also explained that car charging points across the district were also being looked at.
Cllr Porter invited town councillors to ask questions about the SMDC’s climate change plans, as well as to suggest any additional ideas.
He said: “I know you are all brilliant champions for Cheadle and will know what to do to improve Cheadle. I want to hear your ideas and what ways we can support you in terms of resources and expertise.”
Councillor Richard Alcock aired his concerns that too many houses were being built in Cheadle and that the road infrastructure could not take any more vehicles, and that emissions from the extra vehicles would be against the council’s climate change project.
Councillor Kate Martin expressed her view that young people should be involved in the project; while councillor Alan Thomas said he hoped that the council were looking at introducing electric vehicles to its fleet.
Councillor Jamie Evans said that he hoped the district council will be tapping into Government cash which is being madeavailable for electric car charging points across the country, while councillor Gary Bentley suggested the district council look into ground source heat pumps – in particular for leisure centres.
Many more ideas were mooted around the virtual table to which councillor Porter said he would note and investigate them further.
He added: “We are producing an action plan with phase one set to be produced in the Spring and phase two by the Autumn.”
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