Salisbury Community Climate Change Forum

on Monday, 27 January 2020.

Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council are hosting a community forum next month to look at local initiatives to tackle climate change head-on.

Residents of Salisbury are invited to attend the Salisbury City Council & Salisbury Area Board Climate Change Forum on Wednesday 26 February at 6pm in The Guildhall.

The forum will focus on ways that the councils and community can work together on local initiatives to tackle climate change over the next 12-18 months, as suggested by Salisbury residents who attended the Salisbury City Council and Wiltshire Council climate change meeting in November 2019.

The local initiatives to be discussed are:

• Improving walking and cycling in the city
• Planting more trees in the city
• Reducing food waste in the city

Both Salisbury City Council and Wiltshire Council declared a climate emergency in 2019, with both organisations already making positive changes to enable the target of making Salisbury carbon neutral by 2030.

Leader of Salisbury City Council, Cllr Jeremy Nettle said “We are determined to tackle climate change in Salisbury head on and we have created an action plan to ensure we do exactly that. The City Council have already invested in battery powered machines for maintaining our parks, installed PV solar panels on The Guildhall, two water fountains in the city centre, a recycling bin on the Market Square and introduced wild flower and tree planting programmes across the city. However, we don’t want to rest on our laurels and look forward to working in partnership with the community on further ways to tackle climate change in the city.”

Chair of Salisbury Area Board, Cllr Sven Hocking said “Pedestrianisation and making better use of the park & ride facilities in Salisbury also featured highly on the communities wish-list and we’re pleased to see some electric buses being introduced to the city soon. We will continue to develop and bring forward initiatives as part of the Central Area Framework (CAF), which aims to make Salisbury an even more vibrant, safe and environmentally friendly place to live, work and visit.”

The Salisbury City Council & Wiltshire Council Climate Change forum is a public meeting and open to all that are interested in helping take this work forward.

For further information please contact Marc Read marc.read@wiltshire.gov.uk 01722 434557