Salisbury City Council passes motion to declare a climate emergency

on Thursday, 20 June 2019.

Following the Full Council meeting on Monday 17 June at The Guildhall, Salisbury City Council has passed a motion to declare a climate emergency.

Salisbury City Council resolves to:

1. Acknowledge that Wiltshire Council has declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and that Salisbury City Council declare this too.
2. Work with partners to make the City of Salisbury as carbon neutral as possible by 2030.
3. Work with partners to achieve “clean air” in Salisbury by 2022, in particular by taking action to reduce vehicle emissions, supporting public transport, cycling and walking; replacing or converting all council-owned or operated vehicles to electric powered vehicles as soon as is practically possible; encouraging the rapid phasing out of diesel-powered buses in the City by bus operators and their replacement by cleaner or non-polluting alternatives; increasing wherever possible the extent of pedestrianised areas within the City centre; undertaking a comprehensive programme of improvement of the insulation of all council-owned property, and ensuring that such property shall be fitted with solar panels wherever possible; and doing everything within its power to ensure that such standards should also apply to any new buildings which are permitted within the City.
4. Fully support the work directed at tackling the Climate Emergency that will be carried out by Wiltshire Council where appropriate for the residents of Salisbury
5. Note that SCC’s Environmental Working Group will consider the development, promotion and delivery solutions specific to the City in carbon reduction and ecological protection
6. Call on Wiltshire Council to provide resources to deliver those solutions

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jeremy Nettle said, “I am delighted that Salisbury is starting its journey into sustainability and the Council will now look to work towards a long term strategy to make Salisbury as carbon neutral as possible by 2030.”

As a first step, Salisbury City Councillors agreed a £1000 grant to Salisbury Transition City, who carry out activities which benefit the City of Salisbury and surrounding area who are interesting in living in a sustainable way.