Zero Carbon Broxtowe

Broxtowe Liberal Democrats have launched an extensive policy paper setting out a range of ways that they will be seeking to ensure that Broxtowe hits its target of being a zero carbon borough by 2027. This includes everything from charging points for electric vehicles through wildflower verge planting to rain water harvesting and a ban on fracking. We hope that all parties will rally round this as a plan of action for the next few years.  A copy of the paper can be viewed here.

Cllr David Watts

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  1. To start to put this plan into action, Broxtowe Council at its meeting last night voted to establish a new committee Environment and Climate Change. The committee will be chaired by Labour councillor Helen Skinner and David Watts is the Vice Chairman.

    We have also invited the Broxtowe Youth Mayor to be part of this committee so that Broxtowe Youth Council have a direct route for their ideas and proposals.

    It’s time to stop talking and time to start delivering policies to do our bit to stop disastrous climate change.

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  2. Steve – one way of helping this is to retain the southern Broxtowe Leisure centre within – rather than on the margins – of Broxtowe. That will minimise traffic and avoid adding to what will already be an over congested A52.

    Just a thought…

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  3. This may be a little contraversial but another way to help secure carbon neutrality is to ensure that all houses, offices and any other building that are built or modified within the borough can only receive planning permission if they are built or modified with Solar PV Panels on their roofs.

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    1. That approach may be doomed to failure so long as the council’s planning committee grant or refuse planning consents based on sometimes tenuous claims, such as those relating to ‘personal circumstances’, against a background of varying interpretations of its own policies.
      The real solution is to campaign for such measures to be required under the national building regulations so that they become a legal requirement rather than being open to negotiation inside a planning application where a developer-applicant can say he can’t afford PV panels etc and the council then lets him off if that’s what it takes to get the houses approved and built. Making PV panels a planning requirement, and refusing consent in their absence, may have to run the gauntlet of a planning appeal – a lottery at the best of times.

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