How we have kept our 2016 promises
DECLARING A CLIMATE EMERGENCY
✅ Labour-led Stroud District Council was the first council in Europe to be ‘carbon neutral’ and the second UK council to declare a Climate Change Emergency in 2018.
INVESTING IN MEASURES TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS
✅ Since 2012 we have invested in measures to reduce carbon emissions, especially in housing across all sectors.
SAVING TONNES OF CO2 WITH THE “WARM & WELL” PROGRAMME
✅ The warm and well programme has helped 1000s of homes improve health, comfort and efficiency and save tonnes of CO2, with £12m external funding won since 2012 to make people’s homes warm, energy efficient and using renewable energy sources for council tenants, homeowners and landlords. Saving CO2 and fighting fuel poverty.
APPOINTING A CARBON NEUTRAL OFFICER
✅ In 2019 we committed to working towards a carbon neutral district by 2030, appointing a Carbon Neutral officer to work with key stakeholders across the whole district to achieve this aim. At the heart of our commitment is a recognition that we cannot do this alone, but can enable and encourage others. We’ve supported a growing network of local Climate Action Groups in town and parishes across the district.
CARBON NEUTRAL 2030
✅ In 2020 we consulted with you on the Carbon Neutral 2030 Strategy “Limiting, Adapting, Recovering and Responding in a Changing Climate” with a focus on built and natural environments, energy, waste and resources, economy, mobility and community. All backed up by a detailed master plan to get us to 2030 carbon neutral.
SIGNED UP TO UK100 NET ZERO PLEDGES
✅ In advance of this year’s COP26, we’re one of 50 local authorities to sign up to UK100’s Net Zero Pledges. Our achievements as a council are recognised nationally with other councils learning from our best practice.
INVESTED OVER £4M IN CARBON MANAGEMENT OF DISTRICT BUILDINGS
✅ Invested over £4m in carbon management of the council, installing combined heat & power at both Stratford Park Leisure Centre and Dursley Pool, purchasing hybrid/electrical council vehicles and most recently in 2020 agreeing to replace gas boilers with water-sourced heat pumps at Ebley Mill and Brimscombe Port.
EMBEDDING GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE INTO THE LOCAL PLAN
✅ Green infrastructure, renewable energy and zero carbon building standards to be built in the new local plan, going beyond national requirements. Adopted the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership’s Green Infrastructure Pledge.
TREE PLANTING AND FLOOD PROTECTION INVESTMENT
✅ Completed the Green Infrastructure, Recreation and Open Space Study to inform our planning. Funded a tree-planting scheme to improve green infrastructure, absorb carbon and help to reduce flood risk.
TRANSFORMING THE SALMON SPRINGS SITE INTO A WOODLAND HABITAT
✅ Work is set to start over the forthcoming tree-planting season, to begin transforming the council’s site at Salmon Springs from a grazed grassland into a rich and diverse woodland habitat. This will be in partnership with the Stroud Valleys Project charity and will provide many opportunities for community and volunteer support.
£10m INVESTED IN COMMONS & WOODLANDS, PARKS AND AMENITIES
✅ £10m used from car parking fees to maintain commons & woodlands, Stratford Park, amenity areas around the district, and keeping streets clean.
How we have kept our 2016 promises
DOUBLED RECYCLING AND HALVED RESIDUAL WASTE ACROSS THE DISTRICT
✅ In 2016 Stroud District Council entered into an agreement with Ubico for the provision of waste and recycling collections, street cleaning, grounds maintenance, building cleaning, fleet management and maintenance. Ubico is owned by several local authority shareholders, including Stroud District Council.
The new service has doubled recycling and halved residual waste per household per year making SDC one of the highest performing councils in the country. Most recent performance monitoring shows 99.95% collection accuracy even with kerbside waste increasing due to the pandemic.
Independent reviews show the service is value for money and savings have been made against a commercial option.
PHASED OUT SINGLE-USE PLASTICS AT COUNCIL
✅ Single-use plastics have been phased out at the council and we’ve supported the Stroud District Action on Plastic partnership to reduce single plastic use across the district.
How we have kept our 2016 promises
INVESTED £300K IN WALKING AND CYCLING PROJECTS ACROSS THE DISTRICT
✅ £300k has been invested in walking and cycling projects across the district and we’ve worked with partners to bring in extra funding of £282,000, totalling £582,000 invested since 2016, with another £200k now allocated for 2021.
Investments have been made to progress projects at Dudbridge-Nailsworth, Wotton-Kingswood- Charfield and the Cam, Dursley and Uley Greenway.
DEVELOPING CYCLE ROUTES
✅ In 2020 further work for projects across the district at Cam & Dursley Railway Station, Cainscross cycleway, Stroud to Nailsworth cycle and walking route, Cam, Dursley, and Uley Greenway and Frampton cycle path were all approved for investment.
REGENERATING CANAL TOWPATHS
✅ The successful canal regeneration has increased accessible walking and cycling routes along the towpath, used for leisure, tourist and commuting purposes.
According to a recent report, for every £1 invested in the canal towpath network there is a return of £7 of health benefits.
SUPPORTED THE STROUD RURAL SUSTAINABLE DRAINAGE SCHEME (RSuDS)
✅ Continued to fund the RSuDS project, one of only two UK projects sponsored by the Environment Agency, using natural defences to protect communities from flooding in a more cost-effective and sustainable way, which in 2020 was cited by government as a national exemplar, especially in the successful partnership working with communities and landowners. Flooding at the end of 2020 demonstrated again how effective the RSuDS scheme is in protecting properties.
GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
Although not mentioned in our 2016 manifesto, animal welfare remains a key priority, and the team has won awards year after year for stray dog and animal licensing services, as well as working with the police most recently on the increasing issue of dog thefts and puppy farming. SDC has a number of statutory duties in relation to animal welfare, including the licensing of businesses involving live animals and the responsibility for stray dogs. Stroud introduced its own Animal Welfare Charter in 2017 to cover all aspects of the Council’s Animal Welfare policy which include dealing with anti-social behaviour orders for pet owners and making preparations for animal welfare in a civil emergency.
In 2012 under Labour leadership, Stroud District Council was the first council in the country to ban the badger cull on council land and supported the five-year Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust vaccination programme.
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“You can trust Labour in Stroud District to keep our promises, so help us keep up the good work and support us with your vote for LABOUR on May 6.”
Cllr Doina Cornell, Leader of the Stroud District Labour Group