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.


  • Council asks for residents’ views on wildflowers, green spaces and play

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    30 November 2020

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is asking residents to give their views on how it manages wildflower planting, Council-owned parks and open spaces, and outdoor play and youth areas in a consultation launched today.

    The Council plans to produce an overarching Environmental Management Strategy, which will include a review of its current Play Strategy, a Wildflower and Grassland Strategy and a Parks and Greenspaces Strategy.

    Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “The Council has carried out initial engagement with staff, town and parish councils, councillors and other key stakeholders, such as Chester Zoo and Plantlife. The feedback we received has helped to create three draft strategies. I hope as many people as possible will give their views on our plans and ideas so far.

    “Parks and green spaces are a vital part of the borough, providing spaces to help improve the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of residents and attracting visitors to the area.”

    The consultation also includes an on-line mapping tool where participants can help identify Council-owned and maintained green space/grassed areas where wildflower meadows could be created in the borough.

    The Council has declared a Climate Emergency in the Borough and is committed to helping west Cheshire to become carbon neutral by 2045.

    Councillor Matt Bryan, Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency added: “A Wildflower and Grasslands Strategy is needed to help us tackle the climate emergency. This strategy aims to improve the amount of pollinator species and conserve biodiversity in local areas, addressing how we can better manage our existing wildflower verges and including how more people can be encouraged to plant nectar-rich native plants in their own gardens that will provide food for wildlife. It will also identify green corridors in the borough, which will help link our urban and rural green spaces.”

    The Council already has an existing Play Strategy, which will be reviewed and updated to reflect the present situation in relation to outdoor play and youth facilities and any gaps that currently exist. The strategy will also include updated legislation and best practice in relation to developing outdoor play and youth areas and also an updated position on improvements at facilities undertaken by partners over the last four years of the current play strategy programme.

    The eight-week consultation period starts on 30 November 2020 and closes on 25 January 2021. Residents can give their views by taking part online at: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/environmentstrategies.

    Comments can also be sent to the Council by the following methods:

    The questionnaire is also available in accessible formats (easy read, braille) upon request.

  • Carbon reduction projects benefit from share of Climate Emergency Fund

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    18 November 2020

    A total of 11 community and public sector projects dedicated to reducing carbon emissions have been successful in securing funding via the Climate Emergency Fund, which was launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council in August 2020.

    The new fund, which will support low carbon projects and programmes, has been set up as part of the Council’s work on tackling the Climate Emergency. Both local organisations and Council services delivering projects that meet the criteria were able to bid for funding. Two types of funding were available, capital funding for fully developed projects, and feasibility funding for projects which require further development.

    The successful applicants include:

    Community-led bids.

    • Guilden Sutton Green Space Group (capital allocation)

    • Passion for Learning (capital allocation)

    • Chester Sustainability Centre (feasibility study)

    • Chapter Mental Health (feasibility study)

    • Farndon Parish Council (feasibility study)

    Council and Council company bids.

    • Cheshire West and Chester Council: Regulatory Services – electric vehicle charging points (capital allocation)

    • Cheshire West and Chester Council: One Public Estate Ellesmere Port (capital allocation)

    • Cheshire West and Chester Council: Action Transport Theatre Whitby Hall Project (capital allocation)

    • Qwest Services: Review of corporate site energy efficiency (feasibility study)

    • Qwest Services: Review of renewable energy generation on landfill sites (feasibility study)

    • Qwest Services: Review of school energy efficiency and renewable energy generation (feasibility study).

    This is the first round of the Climate Emergency Fund, with successful applicants benefitting from a share of the £300,000 funding for this financial year (2020-21). A further £7 million of Climate Emergency funding is planned for 2021 - 2024.

    Councillor Matt Bryan, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency, said: “We had a diverse mix of Council services and community organisations bidding for this first round of funding. It was great to see the range of bids submitted and I’m really looking forward to seeing the difference that these projects can make to the challenge of tackling climate change in the borough.”

    Councillor Carol Gahan, Cabinet Member for Legal and Finance, said: “One of the strategic priorities for the Council, as set out in the Council’s four-year plan, is to tackle the Climate Emergency. The Climate Emergency Fund will support local projects that are dedicated to reducing carbon emissions in our borough, benefitting not only our residents but the rest of the UK too.”

    Dr Niall Macfadyen, lead applicant for the Chester Sustainability Centre, said: “This is a great opportunity to work in partnership with the Council and other funders to bring a neglected historic Chester building into use for the benefit of the public.”

    The launch of the second round of funding from the Climate Emergency Fund is due to be announced in early 2021. Details will be published on: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/climateemergency

  • Sustainable Transport Taskforce membership confirmed

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    30 October 2020

    Cheshire West and Chester Council has confirmed membership of a new taskforce, which will seek to identify and make recommendations to the Council on ways to create high quality places and communities that support town centre economies together with general health and wellbeing through the improved delivery of ambitious inclusive walking, cycling, public transport and integrated transport projects across Cheshire West and Chester.

    The taskforce will also be asked to consider the first set of data gathered in relation to the A5116 Liverpool Road and A51 Boughton trial active travel lanes.

    These schemes form part of the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund initiative, which are being evaluated using dedicated road monitoring, engagement with road users and the new independent taskforce. Bus and cycle lanes are an established part of successful modern cities, and the Council is exploring the role they can play alongside other measures to help protect the environment.

    The experimental active travel lanes came into operation on 5 October. The six-month trial is being monitored daily and will have an initial review after the first two months of operation. The lanes are a result of the Government’s ‘Gear Change’ vision, to accelerate active travel. Councils were told to re-allocate road space for significantly increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians, with some corridors for buses and cycles only.

    Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport said: “The Taskforce will be able to review the monitoring and data objectively and ensure that there is independent oversight of the experimental schemes. I look forward to the feedback from the Taskforce which will add to the ongoing engagement with residents, commuters and businesses. I would like to thank all those who have freely given their time and for engaging with the Council in this process.”

    A call for evidence will be held in which wider representatives will be invited to submit their evidence to the taskforce for consideration. This shall include community groups and professional bodies that are both for and against the current sustainable transport projects. Minutes from the taskforce meetings will be published to share their findings widely.

    Representatives from the following resident groups, business and travel experts have received member invitations to the first meeting of the taskforce on Thursday 12 November 2020:

    • Chester University
    • Marketing Cheshire
    • Sustrans
    • Chamber of Commerce
    • Chester Residents’ Associations Group
    • Huntington Parish Council
    • British Cycling
    • Sustainability Forum
    • Youth Senate
    • Cheshire & Warrington LEP
    • Active Travel Forum
    • NHS Cheshire CCG
    • Transport Focus
    • Poverty Truth Commission
    • Chester BID
    • Road Freight Representative
    • Sustainable Travel for Tourism
    • Upton-by-Chester Parish Council
    • Great Boughton Parish Council

    The taskforce, monitoring and evaluation activities are in addition to ongoing discussions with other interested groups and individuals. Anyone wishing to comment on the trial active travel lanes can email: transportstrategy@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

  • Council supports national campaign to stop food waste

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    21 October 2020

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting a campaign to stop food waste, which asks people to think about food in a new way.

    National charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is using the strapline ‘Food Waste: It’s Out Of Date’ and the campaign wants to encourage us to look at food waste from a new perspective, reconnecting people emotionally with food, changing hearts, minds and attitudes.

    They want to start a journey to create a nation of UK citizens who highly value food; citizens who love it, appreciate it and care passionately about it.

    The vision is a nation where food waste has become socially unacceptable; and has become ‘out of date’.

    Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “We need to change the way we buy food. Change the way we use food. And change the way we feel about wasting food. When we waste food, we’re wasting the resources it takes to produce it and the hours it takes to make it.

    “That’s why every day we don’t act, it isn’t just the 20 million slices of bread thrown away. Or the 920,000 bananas left to rot needlessly. It’s so much more, it’s the use of precious resources that go into growing our food including water, the deforestation and the climate change that comes as a result.

    “Together we can make things better. Let’s start putting our old ways of thinking behind us and start making a difference today, to make for a better tomorrow.”

    Tips and advice to stop food waste can be found at www.outofdate.org.uk and the Council’s social media channels will be supporting the campaign.

    The campaign supports the Council’s Climate Emergency agenda and its target to be zero carbon by 2045.

  • Landowners urged to plant trees and help battle climate change

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