Wandsworth Guardian (online) 10 May 2009
Wandsworth’s residents will play a key role to play in making the borough more environmentally friendly in the next decade, the council has said.
The sustainable community strategy, Our Wandsworth 2018, is Wandsworth Council’s blueprint on how it, and other community groups, will meet the challenges or climate change and pollution.
It said: “Residents . . . are more willing to take positive action on a wide range of environmental issues like waste reduction by buying goods with less packaging; getting off junk mail lists, and buying recycled products.”
The document also recognises the council has to “factor-in” the effects of climate change in planning policies.
It said: “The borough will also need to prepare to adapt to the impacts of climate change which could be significant, given that much of the borough is on a flood plain. There will be greater risks of flooding, hotter drier conditions and more extreme weather events. Trees, parks and open spaces will become more important to provide shade and cooling, whilst surfaces will need to be designed to absorb heavy rainfall and provide sustainable urban drainage systems.”
To meet the problem the council said it had already increased recycling and composting rates from 17.5 per cent in 2003/04 to over 24 per cent in 2007/08 through its orange bin scheme and reduced CO2 emissions from the council’s own premises by nearly 26 per cent from 1990 levels.
It added it would now work to preserve bio-diversity, improve air quality and waste management and committed that, in the next three years, it would: – Increase levels of household recycling and composting to 28.5 per cent.
- Reduce energy use in council premises by 10 per cent by 2010 from a 2000 baseline.
- Reduce direct and indirect carbon emissions from energy and transport.
- Work together to prepare action plans to adapt to the challenges and opportunities of climate change.
- Increase the value of wildlife habitats by bringing 15 locally important sites into active ecological management.
- Adopt strengthened spatial policy within the Local Development Framework to control development within the borough.
- Improve local air quality and reduce exposure to harmful air pollutants.
- Ensure land is safe and that contaminated land does not pose a risk to health.
- Manage open spaces to provide activities locally which improve the health and well being of residents and ensure that they are welcoming and accessible for all.
You can view the document here
Date posted: 3 May 2009