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Bucks council criticised over carbon zero promise

A Green Councillor has urged the council to look at the importance of protecting the environment

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 11:43am 3rd July 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks council criticised over carbon zero promise

Buckinghamshire Council are yet to publicly pledge a carbon zero date. 

A Green Councillor has criticised the new council over their response to questions about becoming carbon zero. 

The council are yet to set a year, although 2030 was the date set by Aylesbury Vale District Council, one of the five that formed the new authority.

David Lyon says at a meeting a few weeks ago the matter was discussed and from his understand Buckinghamshire Council said they would have 2050 as their goal.

Which he says is not good enough:

"We need to establish what concrete steps they are taking to reduce carbon and what steps they are taking in the next year and the next five years up to 2030.

"If they're not going to do that to me it says they are not taking it seriously."

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Clr Lyon believes that prolonging the goal to 2050 is 'kicking the can down the road'. 

Even so, if that is the date he would like it publicly stated with a plan of action outlined. 

In June an Extinction Rebellion protest was held in Aylesbury, with the group also under the impression the year 2050 had been adopted by the unitary authority.

Councillor Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said:

“It isn’t the case that any targets or dates have been pushed back, and it categorically isn’t the case that the new Buckinghamshire Council lacks ambition in regard to climate change.

"On the contrary, a huge amount of work is ongoing to examine how Buckinghamshire can become carbon neutral. 

"The former district and county councils had set different carbon neutral targets and the new Buckinghamshire Council has yet to adopt a particular target date. 

"We are in the process of bringing forward a wide-ranging strategy on all aspects of climate change, which remains a top priority. This work will take time and our overall aim is to arrive at a long-term strategy that will really work.”  

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