The first Climate Change and Environment Committee Meeting took place on Wednesday 3rd August 2022, as per meeting protocol Cllr Jim Lang, Chair of the Climate Change Working Group, invited nominations for Chair. Cllr Sophie Robinson was voted Chair and Cllr Pauline Thompson was voted Vice Chair.
The committee will include all eighteen members of Ashington Town Council and it is expected to have fully delegated powers of decision-making now they have agreed 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.
The next meeting of the committee will take place in October.
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Meeting details can be viewed here.