Cumberland Green Party pleased with addition of climate issues to council plan

ENVIRONMENTAL issues have been added to the Cumberland plan as a “key priority” for its leadership in 2023.

Cumberland Council is due to take over in Carlisle, Allerdale and Copeland on 1 April 2023, when the existing county, town and borough councils will be abolished.

The new authority consulted on the Cumberland Plan, a document that sets out its priorities, values ​​and approach from the day of acquisition.

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Key advisers are due to meet on Tuesday, September 20 to continue making important decisions in preparation for the launch of the new authority.

And management will discuss the latest version of the Cumberland plan, hearing about recent updates from officers.

A report due to be discussed by councilors next week reveals that environmental resilience and climate change have been added as a key priority, along with ‘addressing inequality as a key council priority, which includes reference food security and the food system”.

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More details on the diversity of the Cumberland population have been included.

The elected member of the new authority for Belah, Helen Davison, believes that the inclusion of climate issues in the council’s plan is an important step forward.

Councilor Davison said, “It’s great to see so many people in our communities responding to the consultation on the plan. I am very relieved to see that following feedback on the draft plan, environmental resilience and climate change has now been added as a key priority for the board. »

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Cllr Davison, who leads the New Council’s Green Group, said: ‘It’s so critical at this time given the rapidly and visibly developing climate and environmental emergencies. And by tackling these issues in a meaningful way, we can also help address many of the financial and health inequities within our community that are also a priority for the council.

Cllr Davison said: ‘I am also very pleased that the language of the plan better reflects our diverse population and I hope it will recognize that the actions we take locally can have a much wider impact and will prevent us from doing things which may appear to be of local interest while being more generally detrimental to the environment.

“I will wait to see what the full rewritten plan says before making a final comment. As I have seen over the years, the way these documents are written is critical, because so often words have been given to truly sustainable actions, prioritizing short-term needs over the things we should have done to prevent the climate crisis from getting to where it is.”

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Teresa H. Sadler