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Green Council

Congleton Town Council declared a Climate Change Emergency on the 19th September 2019 at the Town Council Meeting and pledged to:

  • Make Congleton Town Council’s activities and operations net carbon neutral by 2025
  • In all discussions, debates and decision-making procedures ensure that the climate impact is thoroughly considered and recorded
  • Report back on actions and plans within three months  (report to Community and Environment Committee on the 7th November 2019)

Congleton Green

A number of groups under the umbrella of ‘Congleton Green’ are working collaboratively with the council on different initiatives to help people living or working in Congleton to become more sustainable. Congleton Green will be supporting numerous environmental and sustainability initiatives over the year. View the calendar below. Please note: the calendar is a working document and will be subject to change.

Congleton Green Climate Calendar 2022

Actions taken since September 2019

  1. Understanding the baseline footprint of the Town Hall. This was conducted by Dr Barry Speed from the Congleton Sustainability Group based on our purchasing and energy bills using best practice and industry recognised methodology.

Headline Figures are now available for 2018- 2019,  2019- 2020,  2020-2021. The baseline figure for 2018-19 was 231,000kg of CO2 or 231 tonnes. The Green Working Group of the Town Council believe it should be possible to reduce emissions by 90,000kg which would leave a residue of 131,000kg that would need to be off-set

Main areas that The Town Council can have a direct impact on are:

  • Electric use in the Town Hall
  • Gas use in the Town Hall
  • Cleaning Chemicals for the Town Hall
  • Lease of Vehicles
  • Work-related transport costs
  • Plant and compost purchasing
  • Streetscape chemical use
  • Councillor and Staff Travel
  • Paddling Pool running cost
  • Town Council plastic use

Other policies are being put in place to ensure that our purchasing polices are as green as possible and that we reduce the quantity of paper used.

Sustainable Grounds Maintenance

The council’s Streetscape division provides the grounds maintenance for the parks and many of the green spaces in Congleton under contract to Cheshire East Council. To ensure our open spaces are managed and maintained sustainably, the town council intends to lead by example to influence positive change.

The changes we are making support Cheshire East Council’s Environment Strategy to address and adapt to climate change and aid nature recovery also the declaration that Congleton Town Council signed up to in September 2019 declaring a climate emergency. We aim to reduce waste, reduce our carbon footprint and improve habitats for wildlife.

We are committed to making our grounds maintenance practices more sustainable and more wildlife friendly. We have identified areas where we will let grass grow longer, trial new planting such as meadow creation and perennial planting, let hedges grow thicker, plant more trees, and let some areas naturally regenerate. We will also be composting more and leaving deadwood in areas where it is appropriate to create habitat piles. There are plans to trial some electrical equipment instead of petrol fueled equipment.

We understand that in some places this is quite a change, however we are ensuring that there is still plenty of space for everybody to continue to have fun, exercise, relax and enjoy all the benefits of our open spaces.

Look out for information on the Cheshire East Council Parks web page. Please use link Parks and gardens in Cheshire East