In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12 consideration be given to the following Motion to Council submitted by Councillors Mrs C.A. Bayliss, K.P. Dixon and D.B. Oliver:  PDF 127 KB

Rother District Council will,

  1.  Declare a ‘climate emergency’.
  2.  Pledge to do what is within our powers, to make Rother District carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
  3.  Call on the Government to provide the powers and resources necessary for Rother District to achieve the target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and to implement best practice methods to limit global warming to 1.5ºC.
  4.  Report to full Council within six months with an Action Plan, outlining how the Council will address this emergency. The Carbon Neutral 2030 Action Plan will detail the leadership role Rother District will take in promoting community, public, business and other Council partnerships to achieve this commitment throughout the District. The Action Plan will also outline adequate staff time and resources to undertake the actions to achieve the target.
  5.  To investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment.
  6.  Identify citizens across Rother who are climate champions for their communities and to use them to inform on ideas to implement locally.

The final motion also included an amendment, put forward by Cllr John Barnes, Conservative councillor for Burwash and the Weald.

Cllr Barnes’ amendment added a call for the council to ‘urgently’ review and update its current carbon strategy and directed the council to look at what other gases make up its emissions “which adversely affect climate change even more than carbon [dioxide].”

Link to Bexhill Observer Report