Town Council declares a Climate Emergency
Charlbury Town Council has declared a state of Climate Emergency following a petition brought to the council in September by Charlbury residents.
The motion passed on 23rd October states:
- Charlbury Town Council declares a state of Climate Emergency in recognition that climate change threatens life in Charlbury and across the world.
- We undertake to set up an Environment Working Group, comprising town councillors and other Charlbury residents, to identify and recommend actions to reduce carbon emissions in the town and become carbon-neutral.
- In advance of any recommendations made by the Environment Working Group, the Town Council commits to taking carbon footprint and environmental impact into account when considering planning applications and when setting the Town Council’s budget and spending priorities for the year.
- As early priorities, we ask the Environment Working Group to organise a public meeting to discuss how Charlbury can act on the Climate Emergency, and how residents and the Town Council can work together; and to provide feedback to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
The September Town Council meeting was attended by several members of the public who had signed the petition, representatives of whom gave a short address. There are elections for all 12 seats on Charlbury Town Council next May, and in welcoming the petition, the chairman encouraged those who have signed it to consider standing for election.