In 2020 Winslow Town Council passed a resolution to commit to seeking ways to facilitate and encourage our community in reducing direct and indirect CO2 emissions and to become resilient to changes caused by the changing climate.
We want to share information about the steps we have taken or are progressing towards our climate change goals. We hope that the information provided will be useful to residents, businesses and organisations in our
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Winslow Town Council's Climate Change Resolution
To facilitate the reduction of carbon emissions, the council has adopted the following policy which will guide all of our decisions.
"The Town Council, in recognition of the 'climate emergency' declared by its upper tier councils, commits to the following actions:
- · to keep under review the management of its assets and operations so that, guided by mainstream scientific advice, it can identify practical steps towards sustainability, including the minimisation of its carbon footprint, and take those steps where practicable.
- · to follow expert advice to maximise the biodiversity within Tomkins Park & Arboretum whilst preserving its recreational use; and maximise the biodiversity on other recreational land under the Council's control,
- · to engage with the residents of the Town, local organisations and the wider community to support relevant local initiatives that promote sustainable living and business practices and to improve the environment both within the Town and in the surrounding area."
Looking forward, and with the projected increase in housing development around Winslow, we also have climate related issues firmly on the agenda. We are in the process of revising the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan and policies already included in the draft, or under discussion, include,
- For new developments, the installation of solar panels and charging points for electric vehicles for all dwellings where practicable. The installation of clean energy fuelled central heating systems for housing on development sites which will not be built out until after 2025 ie such sites would not be connected to the gas grid.
- For new developments of employment units, the community centre, the Winslow Centre redevelopment etc – use of and, where possible, generation of renewable energy eg solar panels and ground source heating.
- A policy of support for the development of solar energy sites such as that proposed for Tuckey Farm and other similar and suitable such schemes. (Currently there is one proposed near Adstock and another at Little Horwood)
- Encouragement of the energy efficient construction of new homes and, in particular, the large public sector projects in the WNP.
In order to reduce our usage of fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel, we will replace power tools with cordless electric versions where this is possible.
Long before the adoption of this policy WTC set about a programme converting all street lighting under our control to LED, thus significantly reducing energy consumption and cost to the community. Street lighting is the biggest single energy-related issue under the control of WTC and we have completed our programme. Some highways lighting is under the control of Buckinghamshire Council so beyond our remit.
WTC has recently created eight new plots at the towns allotments site and, with the purchase of Tomkins Park, added five acres and an arboretum of county status to the towns enviable amount of green space. Ongoing tree planting is taking place and a policy to seek a minimum 20% tree canopy cover in all new developments is being considered for inclusion in the revised neighbourhood plan.