Labour-led Stroud District council’s public consultation on achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 is set to end on the 16th December. The scheme is an innovative one, whilst most councils in England say they are planning to achieve carbon neutrality in their own operations. Stroud District Council is committing itself to lead the district towards carbon neutrality, despite most of the emissions coming from the private sector.
Cllr Chas Townley (Stroud Uplands) said “The aim of this scheme in many ways is to provide the infrastructure to trigger behaviour changes in our residents, particularly in areas such as travel, recycling, and energy use. Therefore, it is really important to hear from people to make sure that we have a range of different opinions and know that we are heading in the right direction”.
“We all know the environmental issue are to many people Stroud,” said Megan Sheer, Labour candidate for Stroud Valley, “Although this a trailblazing programme, we want to whether know from people whether they that think we are being ambitious enough, both at a council level and within the Stroud Labour party.”
There is an increasing consensus across the political spectrum that the only way of reviving Britain’s economy is through a green industrial revolution, Labour is the natural party of this new set of ideas with the ability to chase the equally important goals of economic growth and environmental action.
Cllr Jess McQuail (Stroud Valley) said “Labour has become the party of the green new deal, In the future, the UK government will have to make similar leadership commitments that the Stroud district council have made towards the area. This is a brave commitment at a local level, but to tackle the climate and economic crisis’ that we are facing now requires bravery.