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Scarborough Borough Council Declares 'Climate Emergency'

Scarborough Town Hall

Published by Matthew Pells at 3:31pm 7th January 2019.

Scarborough Borough Council has declared a 'Climate Emergency' after a motion from green Councillors was passed by a meeting of the full council.

The motion asks the council to commit to try and make the borough carbon neutral by 2030.

They are also asking for the council to spend £80,000 to fund a new job role of a Sustainability Officer for two years to help achieve that goal, although the money has yet to be approved.

The full motion commits the borough council to :

  • 1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
  • 2. Pledge to do everything within the Council's power to make the Borough of Scarborough carbon neutral by 2030.
  • 3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
  • 4. Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
  • 5. Continue to work with partners across the borough and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
  • 6. Submit a bid as part of the Council’s budget setting process for an additional £80,000 to fund a ‘Sustainability’ Officer Post for a two year period to champion the scoping and delivery of the Borough Council’s Carbon Neutral 2030 commitment.

It is proposed that the additional cost is funded from the overachieved budget savings in 2019/20 currently held in the budget proposals as a contingency.

The authority’s two Green Party Councillors, Cllr Mark Vesey and Cllr Dilys Cluer, tabled the motion.

 

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