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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)

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.

NO MOW MAY

Congleton Streetscape Services provides the grounds maintenance for the parks and many of the green spaces in Congleton under contract to Cheshire East. Cheshire East has reviewed its Municipal Parks Strategy and as part of the Climate and Nature emergency is encouraging NO MOW May. This also fits with the Town Council’s green agenda.

No Mow May is a national campaign to let more flowers bloom in May to support bees and other pollinators. Changing grass-cutting habits in May can create enough nectar for 10 times more bees and insects. This is critical for our rapidly depleting insect and bird populations. Our parks and open spaces are valued in Congleton and used by hundreds of people.

The current climate emergency presents the Council and the community with challenges that we cannot ignore. Our parks and open spaces are essential to helping us address the impact of global warming and take actions to take to tackle climate change head-on. Cheshire East and the Town Council need to make sure that our parks and open spaces are managed and maintained sustainably, and the Town Council intends to lead by example to influence positive change.

Congleton Town Council will be working with Cheshire East to adopt more sustainable methods of managing our open spaces. We are committed to making our approaches to the management and maintenance of the park and other areas more sustainable. This year we will be leaving some areas of the parks and open spaces unmown. This is a simple way to provide a more diverse landscape for wildlife such as birds, small mammals, and pollinating insects. In May 2022 we will only cut where it is needed on health and safety grounds or where we must cut under contract.