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Environment Strategy Draft Delivery Plan Feedback Survey

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Consultation status Archived
Start date: 2021-03-15
End date: 2021-04-26
Results 2021-07-26
Category: Caring for Children and Families, Business and Jobs, Consumer and Environmental Protection, Leisure, Parks and Countryside, Your West Berkshire


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Last year we launched an ambitious Icon for pdf Environment Strategy [3MB] which described the aspiration to become a carbon neutral district by 2030. The public were asked to be a part of the development of that strategy through an extensive .

How the strategy has been developed

Following the consultation on the strategy, we've taken your feedback into consideration and created a comprehensive draft delivery plan, which incorporates the actions needed to deliver the Environment Strategy by 2030.

Why we want your views

Currently, the draft delivery plan sets out the actions that the council will be taking and we'd like your views on how important you think it is for the council to reduce its impact on the environment, if we're prioritising the right actions, or if you think there are other activities we should be doing.

We recognise that we can't do this alone. Over the coming months, we want to find out about the good work that communities across the district are doing, now and in the future.

We'd also like your views on how we can use our website to keep in touch with you. Not only to keep you updated on how well the actions are progressing, but on how residents, businesses and community groups can get involved in reducing emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 too.

The plan is currently available in two formats:

Icon for pdf Environment Strategy Draft Delivery Plan (PDF) [701KB]

Icon for excel Environment Strategy Draft Delivery Plan (Excel) [275KB]

The key actions have also been highlighted in the Icon for pdf summarised version of the plan [9MB]

How to take part

If you'd like to comment on our draft delivery plan, please complete our survey by Monday, 26 April 2021. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes.

We're also holding a Facebook Live session with Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter (Portfolio holder for Environment) and Jon Winstanley (Environment Service Director) at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 30 March 2021.

You'll have an opportunity to learn more about the work we've already started, as well as our aims and ambitions going forward. Please submit your questions beforehand by emailing us at by 3pm on Friday, 26 March 2021.

It will take place on our Facebook page.

What happens next

Your feedback will be used to further shape the delivery plan, which will be considered by elected members at an Executive Meeting in summer 2021 (date to be confirmed). 

What you told us

We received 113 full responses to the online survey, in addition to feedback from key service areas within the council, and from relevant local organisations and political groups.

From the online survey, 96% of respondents agreed that it was important that we act to reduce negative environmental impacts, and they recognise the urgency and rationale behind it. This was really encouraging and showed that there was local support for this work.

What we did

The feedback was analysed and the following additional actions have been proposed for inclusion in the Delivery Plan:

  • Further develop strategic partnerships and affiliations with stakeholders and organisations including (for example) the Countryside Climate Network and BBOWT
  • Work in conjunction with Thames Water and The Environment Agency to protect the quality of our blue spaces and their banks
  • Work to reduce litter around West Berkshire and promote education and communication on the harmful impacts of dropping litter
  • Work in conjunction with Public Health and Emergency Planning to use new opportunities to publicise information around Heatwaves
  • Develop mandatory WBC staff training on carbon reduction and climate change, as well as specific training where needs are identified (for example, for planners and local developers on how to ensure new developments are resilient to climate change)

You can read the full report online as presented at the Executive meeting on Thursday, 15 July 2021.

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