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One Year Since WBC Launched its Environment Strategy

A year ago, West Berkshire Council published its Environment Strategy (https://info.westberks.gov.uk/environment) outlining the steps to work towards a target of carbon neutrality by 2030.

The Environment Delivery Plan                                                               (https://info.westberks.gov.uk/EnvironmentDP) supports the Strategy and, over the past 12 months, WBC has achieved progress in working towards some of the targets.  Some of the highlights include: 

  • Established an Environment Delivery Team;
  • Completion of flood alleviation schemes protecting properties from effects of climate change;
  • Feasibility study for a solar farm;
  • Solar PV pilot leading to development of wider solar programme across Council's estate (council offices and schools);
  • Installation of first phases of electric vehicle charge points;
  • LED replacement of street lighting and traffic lights;
  • Successful wildflower verges pilot leading to full project being established;
  • Set up a West Berkshire Parish Climate Forum;
  • Supported residents' health and wellbeing during the pandemic through facilitating greater use of our local open spaces;
  • Developed our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP);
  • Delivered infrastructure to support active travel.

The Environment Delivery Plan was approved at Executive on Thursday 15 July to provide a framework of actions to meet carbon neutrality for the district by 2030. The Delivery Plan will remain as a live document and be updated monthly to show achievements and opportunities.