Following a meeting of the Full Council last night, Tuesday 28th June 2022, Ashington Town Council formally agreed the Climate Change and Environmental Committee.
The committee will include all eighteen members of Ashington Town Council and it is expected to have fully delegated powers of decision-making after agreeing the terms of reference in the meeting.
The former Climate Change Working Group agreed an action plan that the Council are working through, with several of the initiatives realised or in progress. This includes tree schemes, moving towards more sustainable planting, collaborating with schools, replacing the works van with an electric van, and including a dedicated ‘Climate Change’ page on the website.
A standing committee demonstrates continual commitment. Whilst very worthy projects are vital, they come and go; there needs to be more permanence to the Council’s response to climate change.
With all councillors and officers on board, the Council hopes to be able to raise the profile of the committee, as well as raising awareness and building support to act.
The first meeting of the committee will take place in July where a Chair and Vice-Chair will be elected.
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