Climate Change Commission

Climate Change Commission

Our administration are very serious about tackling climate change and has announced ambitious plans to create a Climate Change Commission.

We have unveiled our draft action plan, focusing on five key themes, with a number of projects where the council and others will work to tackle climate change. The Commission will see the council teaming up with world leading experts and industry leaders to make a real difference in our collective responsibility.

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/News/2019/Oct/Plans-for-Climate-Change-Commission-announced.aspx

One of the Greenest Counties

One of the Greenest Counties

A few months after we declared a Climate Emergency it’s great to see that Northumberland has been named as the greenest county on the North East and ranked 7th in the UK for low levels of emissions. The work we are doing right across the county and across council services will reinforce that position and our committment to the environment. Read the article here.

The first meeting of the Northumberland Climate Change Steering Group met on 13th September at County Hall. The group is chaired Cllr Glen Sanderson and is putting into action the County Council’s pledges to reduce council emissions in Northumberland by 50% by 2025 and make the county carbon neutral by 2030.

Conservative Council Leader Peter Jackson commented after the meeting “Northumberland is leading the way amongst North East authorities and is pursuing an ambitious strategy to generate more green energy, consume less energy and increasing emissions capture. Working with partners our Council will take immediate steps to moderate and eventually dramatically reduce our carbon footprint. There is a great deal that can be done and we will be seeking feedback from residents on our plans in the following weeks and months. We are determined to demonstrate our commitment to the climate change agenda by our actions and through community leadership. We will also influence the regional and national agenda”.

Cllr Sanderson “Council staff have really embraced the desire of our Conservative administration to take this important issue very seriously. Much has already been done and clear plans across all areas of council activity will be presented soon. This will include doubling the number of electrical charging points in our car parks and increasing tree planting on Council owned land to help with carbon capture.”

Northumberland also featured in a Guardian list of favourite holiday destinations this weekend.

Climate Change Petition

Climate Change Petition

Last Friday I accompanied my colleague Glen Sanderson who leads on environmental matters for Northumberland County Council to receive a petition from local environmental group Climate Action Northumberland. Happily we’re already committed to all of the aims the group are petitioning for and so it was a great opportunity to get into a detailed discussion and hear some of their ideas.

 

 

Tynedale Flood Forum 2019

Tynedale Flood Forum 2019

This year’s Tynedale Flood Forum organised by Guy Opperman MP was held in Hexham Community Centre on Friday to update communities and residents about the work done to protect them along the Tyne Valley.

I attended as Northumberland’s representative on the Regional Flood and Coastal Commission, as the Councillor for Corbridge and as a resident who has experienced flooding and gave an introduction to the work of the RFCC. The real work is being done by staff in the Environment Agency, Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Water who all presented on the various projects and initiatives along the valley. Much is being done and it’s being done in a coordinated way to maximise impact with limited resources.

Here’s a video summary produced by Guy:-

 

Flood and Coast Awards 2019

Flood and Coast Awards 2019

I was in Telford this week at the National Flood and Coast conference in my capacity as Northumberland’s representative on the Regional Flood and Coastal Commission – the body led by the Environment Agency that oversees a coordinated regional approach to flood and coastal erosion protection. A local project that I have had some involvement in was chosen as the National winner in the Community Partnership Category.

Reducing flood risk at Tyne Green. Team : Northumberland County Council, Network Rail, Local Residents, Environment Agency

Three North East projects won national awards which is great news in itself but I was particularly delighted that this was one of them. Northumberland County Council Officers, Local Residents, Network Rail and our local MP Guy Opperman should all be congratulated for working together on this and persisting until the project was delivered. Residents in that area can be safe in the knowledge that they are better protected from flooding.

 

Tyne Green Flood Scheme Opening