Brightling Environment Strategy – consultation on draft proposal

Brightling Parish Council is thinking of adopting an environment policy, and has agree to publish the following draft for public consultation.

Please note that this is not parish council policy – it is a draft for consultation.

Comments are very welcome, either in the comment box below the article or by email to andrew@wedmore.com

The closing date for comments is 25th June 2020.  All comments received will be considered by the Parish Council and a revised version of the strategy will be considered by the Parish Council at its meeting on Wednesday 8th July.

POLICY

Brightling Parish Council aims to carry out its activities with environmental efficiency, actively seeking to protect and enhance the local environment and biodiversity within its area of operation whilst endeavouring to ensure wider adverse environmental impact does not occur as a result.

BACKGROUND

The Parish Council recognises that a climate emergency has been declared nationally and by Rother District Council within which Brightling sits.

STRATEGY

As far as possible, subject to the resources, financial capabilities and legal powers and duties of the council, Brightling Parish Council will

  1. consider the impact its activities have on both climate change and biodiversity issues and will endeavour to introduce measures that either mitigate negative outcomes or actively support beneficial outcomes.
  2. reduce verge-cutting to the minimum needed for road safety
  3. identify areas where trees could be planted on publicly-accessible land, and support the planting of trees thereon
  4. in commenting on planning applications, request that the highest reasonable standards of building efficiency are required, above and beyond the minimum requirements of the building regulations
  5. in commenting on planning applications, consider the wider environmental impact of the proposal including whether additional vehicle journeys will be generated
  6. continue to press for the provision of superfast broadband to the whole parish in order to minimize the need to travel for work and other services such as healthcare
  7. promote the provision of public electric vehicle charging points
  8. ensure wherever possible safe walking and cycling routes within the parish are available
  9. consider the impact that the goods and services it procures, including the environmental commitment of its suppliers, has on the environment,
  10. seek to only use contractors and suppliers who have their own environmental policy, which is continually reviewed, up-dated and measured against recognised, best practice
  11. support local businesses, particularly those providing local employment and services
  12. support initiatives for community energy projects
  13. support local initiatives aimed at climate change and or, biodiversity protection or enhancement.
  14. discourage external lighting and follow the principles of the “dark skies” movement
  15. regularly update and improve standards in light of increased understanding and knowledge.
  16. investigate the use of sustainable energy sources.
  17. respect and protect natural resources by practicing conservation and good management.
  18. encourage its Members and employees to take responsibility for ensuring that the best environmental policy is used and adhered to at all times.
  19. support energy reduction strategies within the Parish