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20 January 2020 : Council news

Somerset West and Taunton Council is committed to creating a more sustainable future for everyone, putting climate and environmental responsibility at the heart of everything it does.

The Council has demonstrated its commitment by declaring a Climate Emergency and is working towards achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2030.

As part of the process to develop an engaging and inclusive district-wide plan SWT would like to hear from individuals, businesses and groups about climate and sustainability issues that are important to them.

Cllr Peter Pilkington, Executive Member for Climate Change at SWT, said: “We aim to use all our powers to action, enable and support everyone to work towards achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2030.

However, we won’t be truly effective if we don’t create something that we all feel involved with and that will inspire each of us to take action.

SWT is keen to ensure any future strategy has the widest possible ownership and involvement so we want to hear your views on what the issues are and how we can solve them.”

The public are being invited to find put more about the challenges around climate change and potential issues the Council has identified going forwards at a series of information events.

The roadshows will take place at:
Wellington, Quaker Meeting House - Thursday 23 January, 10am to 3pm
Williton, West Somerset House - Thursday 30 January, 2pm to 7pm
Taunton, Orchard Shopping Centre - Thursday 6 February, 10am to 3pm
Minehead, Methodist Church - Monday 10 February, 2pm to 7pm
Watchet, The Sanctuary - Tuesday 11 February, 10am to 3pm
Wiveliscombe, Community Centre - Thursday 20 February, 10am to 3pm
Taunton, Deane House - Wednesday 26 February, 2pm to 7pm

People can also visit our Climate Emergency pages on the website to find out more, see what the council is already doing and leave feedback.

Alongside this SWT is working with neighbouring district councils and Somerset County Council on a wider climate strategy for Somerset.

The Councils are engaging extensively with residents, businesses and partner organisations over the coming months to produce a joint Climate Emergency Strategy.

More information about the county-wide plans and the draft Climate Emergency Framework document can be found at

SWT is also consulting on the Local Plan Issues and Options document from Monday 13 January to Monday 16 March 2020.
Two documents which will inform and evidence the Local Plan are the Sustainability Appraisal and the Habitats Regulation Assessment.
Information will be available at the roadshows.
Let us know what you think by visiting our consultation hub.