UPDATE – Consultation extended until Thursday, 18 February 2021.
Members of the public are being encouraged to give their ideas and suggestions on how the new North Northamptonshire Council should tackle climate change and improve the local environment.
On 1 April 2021 North Northamptonshire Council will replace Corby, East Northants, Kettering, Wellingborough councils and the County Council, under plans to join up and provide better local services for residents.
Among the new Council’s priorities will be putting in place fresh plans to improve the local environment and tackle the ongoing climate emergency.
A ‘North Northants Climate Change Task and Finish Group’ has been set up to create a framework to move these preparations forward in the run-up to Day One of the new Council.
The aims of the Group are to:
- Identify best practice in environmental enhancement within local authorities locally and nationally
- Identify areas in which the new authority can demonstrate environmental enhancement
- Develop an environmental framework which North Northamptonshire Council can use to guide its decision making, policy development and service delivery in relation to environmental enhancement and Climate Emergency commitments.
10 key questions to consider
The Task and Finish Group is seeking ideas and suggestions from you, the public, on best ways to tackle climate change.
To do this, people are encouraged to consider and base their feedback around 10 key questions that members of the task and finish group are using to guide their work. The questions have been based on The Centre For Public Scrutiny’s publication on scrutinising climate change.
- Taking action locally – How well should the new council understand the global impacts of the climate crisis to support this at a local level?
- Being prepared and adapting to climate change – How should the new council best plan to be climate resilient to support our existing homes and buildings, and new homes in the future?
- Leading and being a climate champion – How should the new council’s leadership champion and take direct action on climate change?
- Educating & green jobs – How should the new council promote climate education, diversify jobs and focus on sectors that are green?
- Climate emergency declaration and action plan – How should the new council adopt a clear and detailed strategic plan, and how should it mainstream climate change action and adaptation?
- Health and wellbeing – What measures can be taken to ensure that health and social care systems will be resilient with the extra pressures they will come under due to climate change and extreme weather events?
- Spending money – How can the new council change its investment approach, and the way it spends its money to support the climate?
- Helping the most vulnerable – How should the new council identify those who are most at risk from the impacts of climate change, and what can be done to help the most vulnerable?
- Transport and energy – How should the new council make transport and energy plans more green?
- Community – How can the new council support and work with the public and private community to support the climate emergency
You are invited to submit your ideas and suggestions before 14 January 2021 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting to the following address:
Care of: Democratic Services
Kettering Borough Council
Bowling Green Road