(Prior to the consideration of the item the following
members of the public spoke: Peter Styles, William Rawlinson, Henry
Stanton, Fred McCormack, Pascal Sleigh, Bernadette Fisher, Martin
Vye, Diane Hunt, Clement Thurston and
The Deputy Chief Executive introduced the report
which had been produced on the recommendations of the Policy
Resources Committee meeting of April 2019. The report set out a
council wide approach to reducing carbon emissions by setting
a summary of current understanding of global
action already taken by the Council that has
contributed to reducing carbon emissions and how it has responded
to the impact of climate change on the District;
and proposed future actions by the Council to reduce carbon
The Head of Sustainable Business and Communities from
Kent County Council (KCC) updated the meeting on the work that the
county council was undertaking in regards to climate change and air
quality. This included producing the draft Kent and Medway Energy
and Low Emissions Strategy to work across all levels of local
government and across other sectors, this was out to public
The Committee debated the report and the Chief
Executive, Deputy Chief Executive, Head of Planning, Head of
Transportation and Environment and the Head of Sustainable Business
and Communities (KCC) gave points of clarification where necessary.
They debated matters including the following:
With clear cross party support the council could
make a difference and act as community leaders.
It was important to include the local community in
The local plan process.
The need to assess the impact on the environment
when taking decisions.
The usefulness of independent reviews in to progress
toward the council’s aims.
The potential impact of transport infrastructure and
Plastic free initiatives and possibility for other
areas to start their own.
The potential for trees and green spaces to help in
the reduction of carbon emissions.
A number of amendments were suggested to the
recommendations in the report these are set out below. These were
proposed, seconded and vote put to a vote AGREED:
Recommendation 2 - add to the end ‘... in its
corporate plan and set annual targets to meet this commitment
ensuing robust, transparent monitoring is in
New point added - That all future reports to
council include an Environmental Impact Assessment.
Recommendation 6 - Insert after ‘the council
works with” “...all stakeholders including housing
developers and builders and…”
Recommendation 7 - amend to ‘...it at
least carbon neutral’
Record of the voting
For the proposal: Baldock, Cook, Dekker, Dixey, Edwards, Glover, Harvey-Quirke, L
Jones-Roberts, Kenny, Ricketts, R Thomas and Watkins
Against or abstaining from the proposal:
Did not vote: M Jones-Roberts (1)
The amended recommendations were then proposed,
seconded and when put to a vote unanimously AGREED.
That a climate change emergency be
declared by Canterbury City Council;
That in response to this emergency the
Council sets a target to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by
2030 in ...
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