Climate Emergency

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The Climate Emergency facing our world is a very real issue, but there is plenty we can do to take action to help protect our planet.

Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in the borough in 2019 and put forward its Climate Emergency Response plan, which aims to help the borough become carbon neutral by 2045.

This is a space to share ideas, stories and tips about what you are doing locally to reduce your carbon emissions and impact on the environment. Now's the time to react and play your part to make our borough carbon neutral.


The Climate Emergency facing our world is a very real issue, but there is plenty we can do to take action to help protect our planet.

Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in the borough in 2019 and put forward its Climate Emergency Response plan, which aims to help the borough become carbon neutral by 2045.

This is a space to share ideas, stories and tips about what you are doing locally to reduce your carbon emissions and impact on the environment. Now's the time to react and play your part to make our borough carbon neutral.


  • How we’re playing our part

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    The Council is committed to making changes across all our services to play our part to tackle the Climate Emergency and it is one of the Council’s seven key priorities, as set out in our Stronger Futures plan.

    The objectives that underpin this priority include:

    • Reducing the carbon footprint of the Council

    • Support the decarbonisation of energy, industry and business

    • Improve sustainable transport and infrastructure

    • Enable low carbon buildings, homes and development

    • Enhancing green spaces

    • Reduce waste and increase recycling

    As an organisation we have a target to be carbon neutral by 2030 and are leading by example to help the borough to be carbon neutral by 2045.

    Below are some examples of the work we’ve done so far to help achieve this

  • Energy efficient lighting

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    Updating your lighting can be an easy win to help you lower your electricity bills and your household’s carbon footprint.

    According to the Energy Saving Trust, lighting makes up 11 per cent of the average UK household electricity consumption, so spending some time making some small changes now could save you in the long run.

    The traditional or incandescent lights bulbs are particularly inefficient and only about five per cent of the electricity they use converts into visible light. Switching one 100 watt incandescent bulb to a Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulb could save you up to £15 per bulb per year.

    Halogen light bulbs are also fairly inefficient and switching a 50 watt halogen bulb could save you up to £6 per bulb.

    Lots of experts now recommend that households should consider installing LED bulbs in the home. LEDs use just a fraction of electricity, compared to incandescent or halogen bulbs, and typically cost only around 1p to run for four hours. They have come a long way since they were first introduced and now are much brighter than they used to be.

    Updating your lighting is fairly inexpensive and is a simple switch you can make yourself, however if not confident please seek advice. If you can afford to, it is worth making the switch straightaway, rather than waiting for your old light bulbs to run out, so that you start making those savings on your electricity bill straight away. Alternatively, plan to buy a few bulbs every month or two to spread the cost.

    There are several guides on choosing the right low energy light bulbs to help you get started.

    Other things you can do to reduce your lighting bill

    • Turn the lights off in rooms you’re not using.
    • Use light rather than dark lamp shades to help distribute the light more in your room. This will mean you can lower the power of the bulbs you are using or use fewer lights in a room.
    • Use sensors or timers on external lights, so they are only on when they need to be.
  • Council receives £1.805m UK Shared Prosperity Funding

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    Cheshire West and Chester Council will receive the full first year (2022-23) funding allocation from The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). Following the approval by The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), a total of £1.805m will be allocated (£1.217m of UKSPF revenue funding, £453k of Multiply revenue funding and £135k of UKSPF capital funding).

    The UKSPF was launched by the Government in April 2022 and forms part of the broader Levelling Up agenda. The Council has been awarded an allocation of up to £12,642,312 over three-years, of which £1,497,303 is ring-fenced for Multiply (to support adult numeracy activities).

    The Council's Cabinet has approved the proposals for the allocation of the first-year funding.

    Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy and Regeneration, said:

    "We have developed our investment plans in partnership with local people from health, education and voluntary sectors, as well as professionals from a range of businesses and other public bodies. 
    
    "Our priority for this financial year is to spend our allocation on projects that tackle the big issues faced by residents including the economy and the climate. We want to ensure every area of our Borough benefits from this funding and that’s why we will continue to develop an exciting mix of projects in the coming years which promote good jobs, bring pride to our communities and celebrate arts and culture."

    Future allocations for year two (2023-24 - £3.2m) and year three (2024-25 - £7.6m) will only be ratified by DLUHC at the start of each year, and allocations will be informed by performance in year one.

    The People and Skills element of this funding comes on stream in year three so will be restricted to one-year projects.

    More details about the Shared Prosperity Fund:

    Shared Prosperity Fund


    The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will be used to help deliver Cheshire West and Chester Council's vision for an Inclusive Economy. It prioritises reducing poverty and inequality, supporting people to develop new skills and get into good jobs with fair wages, combatting the climate emergency, supporting community wellbeing, and enhancing the vibrancy of the Borough. More information about the Inclusive Economy:

    Inclusive Economy
  • Council secures £13.3m to support Transformation of Ellesmere Port

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    Cheshire West and Chester Council has successfully secured £13.3m from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Levelling Up Fund to support the transformation of Ellesmere Port market hall and to help bring forward empty and underused sites in the town centre for new housing. The funding also includes proposals to make it safer and easier to walk into town.

    Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy and Regeneration said:

    "I am absolutely delighted that our plans for Ellesmere Port have received this funding. It was a very competitive process, but we made a strong case for the need to invest in the town centre, alongside the private sector investment in industry and housing in the wider area."

    The programme will now look at unlocking new housing sites around Coronation Road and Civic Way, which will make it a more attractive area and help bring new footfall to the town centre and exciting plans for updating the market hall. This includes transforming the flea market into a flexible space for specialist markets and events, creating an entrepreneurial start up space and importantly changing the fabric of the building so that it will be much more energy efficient and fit for the future. This includes new large windows to let the daylight flood in, new insulation, green walls and photovoltaic panels to generate clean energy.

    It also includes providing new ‘changing place’ facilities for disabled customers and their carers. The plans will also improve pedestrian and cycle links with secure bike storage to make it safer and easier to walk or cycle into the heart of the town centre.

    Councillor Beacham added

    "Combined with £1.5 million invested by the Council, there is now £14.8 million secured for Ellesmere Port. I would like to thank everyone who helped shape the proposals and backed our submission. The detailed plans are still at an early stage, and over the coming months we will work closely with market traders, residents and businesses to progress these plans."
  • You can now borrow an iPad from your local library

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    Cheshire West and Chester Council's Libraries Service is launching an iPad lending scheme, which will allow residents to boost their digital skills by borrowing a device from their local library.

    It will also make it easier for residents without their own technology to access a full range of Council Services.

    LiBS (the Library iPad Borrowing Scheme) will provide devices for residents to borrow for a six-week period from any Cheshire West and Chester Library. All you need is a library card and a form of ID, and you can join the library online in advance.

    Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Poverty and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said:

    "I'm so pleased we are launching this scheme, free of charge, right across the borough. There should be no barriers to accessing technology, this scheme will help people keep in touch with family living away, apply for jobs, or boost their digital skills.   "Each iPad is equipped with mobile data, so they can be used to get online even if you don’t have WiFi at home. Everything to get you started is also included - a "getting started" guide and instructional video to cover the basics. Support will also be available in our wonderful libraries."

    The devices will feature pre-installed apps to support people in accessing online library resources, such as eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines, as well as links to resources and support with job searching, accessing Council services, or getting in touch with family and friends.

    The scheme will be launched in libraries in Cheshire West and Chester on Monday 23 January.

    For more information on the scheme or to check availability, contact your local library.

  • Three special trees to be planted in Castle Park, Frodsham

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    Cheshire West and Chester Council and Castle Park Trust have arranged for three special trees to be planted in Castle Park, Frodsham this week.

    The three trees will be planted in the top field at the park in honour of our late Queen, His Majesty King Charles III and the late Marie Birkenhead.

    Marie was a former Councillor of Vale Royal Borough Council and an Honorary Alderman who championed Frodsham and its residents throughout her life.

    Leader of the Council, Councillor Louise Gittins said:

    "These lovely trees will be a fitting tribute to the importance and significance of our late Queen, His Majesty the King and Marie Birkenhead. 
    
    "The trees will also add to the distinctive array of trees at Castle Park, which has a remarkable 'tree trail' with numerous rare and beautiful species."

    The following tress will be planted - for Marie Birkenhead, a Cherry (Prunus avium plena), for our Late Queen, a small-leaved lime (tilia cordata greenspire) and for his Majesty King Charles, a Lobel Elm (ulmus lobel - the Lobel Elm is resistant to Dutch Elm disease).

    A formal dedication event will then take place in February.

  • Whitby Hydrogen Village engagement session

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    Tuesday, 28 February, 6pm – 8.30pm Ellesmere Port Civic Hall

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is holding a public engagement session about the Whitby Hydrogen Village proposal on Tuesday, 28 February in Ellesmere Port Civic Hall.

    This is an opportunity for residents in the Whitby area to have their say about the proposals and hear from various experts with a range of viewpoints.

    The event is being chaired by Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

    Residents from the Whitby Hydrogen Village area are also able to ask questions to the panel of speakers, including the Council. Questions can be submitted in advance of the event, and we will aim to get through as many of them as we can during the evening.

    If you would like to attend the event, and have not already confirmed your attendance, please complete the online form.

    Alternatively, you can submit questions about the Hydrogen Village proposal ahead of the event by post or by calling 0300 123 8123. Please send correspondence for the attention of: Climate Emergency Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Portal, Wellington Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BA, by Tuesday, 21 February 2023.

  • Five ways to put yourself first on Blue Monday and beyond

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    The third Monday in January is often billed as the most depressing day of the year, with Christmas festivities long-forgotten and the shine already wearing off New Year’s resolutions.

    Rather than making life more of a struggle, there are five ways to lift your mood and improve your wellbeing, without having to make dramatic changes to your lifestyle.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council and its partners in the borough, including Brio Leisure, Active Cheshire, have teamed up to share information and advice about the five ways to wellbeing with residents and help people through the winter.

    The five ways to wellbeing are:

    • Connect – with people around you, including friends, family, colleagues and neighbours. Good relationships give you a sense of belonging and self-worth, as well as providing emotional support.
    • Be active – whether it is going for run or walk, gardening, playing a game or dancing around the kitchen, being active can raise your self-esteem, help you to set goals you can achieve and cause chemical changes in your brain that can positively change your mood.
    • Take notice – savour the moment and make the effort to be more aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better.
    • Learn – try something new or rediscover an old interest, which will help boost your self-confidence, give you a sense of purpose and help you connect with others.
    • Give – do something nice for someone else, volunteer or say thank you. Acts of giving and kindness can create a sense of reward, give you a feeling of purpose and self-worth and help you connect with others.

    Cllr Louise Gittins, the Council’s Leader and Cabinet Member for Poverty and Wellbeing, said: "It's traditional to make New Year's resolutions about losing weight or dropping a bad habit, but if that feels like it's adding pressure on yourself at a time when there are already a lot of worries, why not look to do something much more positive for yourself.

    "The best thing about the five ways to wellbeing is that you can take the theme and make it fit your life. It gives you the chance to put your wellbeing first without adding to your stress.

    "Whether you decide to learn how to cook a new tea, join a guided walk to be active and connect or give some of your time to volunteer, you can easily find your own five ways to wellbeing."

    The five ways to wellbeing have been adopted by the NHS and mental health charity Mind following evidence that the steps improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.

    During the next few weeks the Council and its partners will be sharing opportunities for residents to connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

    For more information visit:

    Live Well: Five ways to wellbeing

    Or follow the Council on Twitter or on Facebook.

  • Information sessions about new public open space at Rose Meadow, Northwich

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    Cheshire West and Chester Council has arranged two information sessions for residents wanting to know more, and give views, on new open space areas to be included in the Rose Meadow residential development in Northwich.

    The development is currently being built at Artisan Way, to the east of London Road, and includes plans for a significant area of public open space or parkland.

    The area to be landscaped will provide opportunities for public access and recreation, as well as new areas for nature and wildlife.

    The Council has prepared some designs and proposed plans for how this area is to be landscaped, in conjunction with the developer at the site, and would like to share these with local residents who might want more detailed information or wish to comment.

    Two public information sessions have been arranged at Northwich Memorial Court during January. Council officers will show the details of the proposals for the area of public open space and answer any questions from those attending. The dates for the sessions are as follows:

    • Wednesday 18 January, 5pm to 8pm
    • Saturday 28 January, 9am to 12 noon

    "The Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Climate Emergency, Councillor Matt Bryan, said: Both sessions will take place in the Foyer Bar at Memorial Court and residents can drop-in at any time.

    "Visual presentations will be repeated over the course of both sessions, so that anyone attending doesn't need to be present for the full duration of the sessions. There is no requirement for booking and pay and display parking is available at the Memorial Court venue.

    "We hope as many people as possible are able to come along to comment on the plans to help shape this wonderful new outdoor space."

    Anyone who is not able to attend but would like further information please email:

  • Council receives funding to boost active travel

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    Cheshire West and Chester Council has been awarded just over £128,000 to enable and encourage more people to walk, wheel and cycle by Active Travel England.

    The grant from the Active Travel Capability Fund is part of a national £32.9million investment to help accelerate walking and cycling schemes across the country, to tackle the climate emergency and make roads safer for everyone.

    The Council was successful in applying for this funding which has been allocated to:

    • Develop the Council's Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan – further scheme planning, design and consultation
    • Assess emergency active travel measures
    • Investigate cycle and e-cycle hire opportunities
    • Train Council staff and members on active travel guidance and standards to support highway schemes and developments

    The Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said:

    "We're delighted to receive this grant, it will help fund our long-term ambitions to encourage more journeys to be made in a more sustainable way. We want to expand our walking and cycling network across the borough, linking with public transport services. This funding will help us to develop future plans and continue to promote active travel events and schemes."

    The grant supports the Council's Climate Emergency response plan, and the delivery of its Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Low Emission Strategy, Local Transport Plan and accompanying Cycling Strategy.