Date Published: 31 December 2020
If you want to have your say on the future of North Kesteven – including how we should respond to the climate emergency together – now is the time to do it.
A three-in-one consultation has been launched by North Kesteven District Council asking for your views on a trio of key plans which will shape the District. They are:
- The Council’s NK Plan, which sets out its plans to invest in the District over the next three years.
- Its new Community Strategy, a longer 10-year vision for improving life in the District across five key areas.
- The Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan, which sets out the steps needed to cut emissions, protect the natural environment and move toward the Council’s aim for the District to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The consultation is also your chance to tell the Council what the most important issues in the District are, and what needs improvement.
Similarly, it asks about life in North Kesteven including how you rate the Council’s services and what you think of facilities including arts and culture and physical activities.
To take part, visit the Community Strategy page (link expired) and fill in a survey which will take about 25 minutes to complete. You’ll need to complete it by January 4 2021.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Richard Wright said: “The Council is addressing fundamental and environmental issues in our District and we are very keen to hear from as many people as possible. That is why this survey is so important and I would urge everyone to find the time to fill it in and tell us what they think.”
On climate, the consultation asks key questions such as:
- How concerned are you about climate change?
- Are there any issues which prevent you from doing what you’d like to help the environment?
- How can the Council work in partnership with North Kesteven’s communities to help reduce carbon emissions and be more sustainable?
The Council’s Executive Board approved a Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan on September 24 2020, which calls on everyone to reduce CO2 emissions from energy to zero by reducing consumption and increasing efficiency in homes and businesses.
North Kesteven was the first council in Lincolnshire to declare a climate emergency. Over the last 10 years it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations by more than 67% and over the District as a whole there’s been a general reduction of 25%.
“We can also reduce emissions by improving the way we travel, what we eat and by cutting the waste we create. All of these areas are important as we bid to reduce emissions to almost zero by 2030 to mitigate the effects of climate change,” said Cllr Wright.