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Green light for more action

By Lotte Pegler
lotte.pegler@sussexpost.co.uk

 

A number of recommendations to help tackle climate change were agreed at a topic team meeting.

 

The climate change topic team gathered for their second meeting last week, chaired by Caitlin Baker, to discuss how Bognor Regis will do its bit to tackle climate change.

 

Caitlin said: “It was great to hear so many ideas on ways to combat climate change coming from the people of Bognor.

 

“The list of tips to help us all tackle the problem would be a quick way of letting everyone play their part.

 

“We don’t all have to be perfect, but if we all do what we can, it can only help make the world a better place for the generations to come.”

 

During the meeting, a number of items were discussed, including the importance of reducing the reliance on cars and tackling carbon emissions, issues surrounding houses being built in the area, but with a lack of local jobs people are forced to drive to work, and the idea of more cycle paths to be included in planning.

 

Ideas including a walk to work challenge, car free day and street tree planting were also discussed.

 

The meeting concluded by producing a list of recommendations that will be put to the community engagement and environment committee.

 

The following recommendations were agreed:

 

  • To consider producing a leaflet with 20 top tips to help combat climate change
  • To consider the installation of living roofs on bus shelters, including cost, installation, permission and ongoing maintenance
  • To consider investigating the condition of the existing water fountains in the town to establish if they are suitable for use and to further consider the installation of new fountains
  • The committee clerk also reminded the topic team of the recommendations from the January meeting that will also be taken to the community committee meeting on March 23:
  • To recommend the terms of reference
  • For the town council to consider setting up an award for businesses which can demonstrate good practice regarding recycling and green issues

 

It was agreed that in future meetings, the group would consider organising a score competition or guide to highlight individuals who are taking steps in the right direction with climate change and how it makes a difference to them.

 

The next meeting is scheduled for 6.30pm on April 1.

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