Future Northants North

Help shape how your new council tackles climate change

People from across North Northamptonshire are being encouraged to share their ideas on how their new Council should tackle climate change when it is formed this spring.

On 1 April 2021 North Northamptonshire Council will replace the existing district and borough councils of Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough and the county council, under plans to join up and provide better local services for residents.

Among the new Council’s priorities will be putting in place fresh plans to improve the local environment and tackle the ongoing climate emergency. A Climate Change Task and Finish Group has now been set up to create a framework that the new Council can use to shape its future environmental policies and services.

The Group, which consists of councillors from across the existing councils and different political groups, is meeting regularly and keen to hear and consider suggestions on ways to tackle climate change. To do this, residents are encouraged to base their feedback around 10 key questions that members are using to guide their work.

The questions can be viewed online and people across North Northamptonshire are invited to submit their ideas and suggestions before 14 January 2021.  To get involved please send your responses by email to climatechange@northnorthants.gov.uk or by post to the following address:

c/o Democratic Services
Kettering Borough Council
Municipal Offices
Bowling Green Road
NN15 7QX

Councillor Lora Lawman, Chair of the North Northants Climate Change Task and Finish Group, said: “Climate change is a critical global problem that will impact environments everywhere and individuals across all levels of society, therefore it is vital that we involve and work with our residents on tackling the issue.

“Our borough and district councils have already made great strides in tackling climate change over the years and we are now ready and looking forward to build on this together as North Northamptonshire Council to ensure our services are sustainable and our carbon footprint is reduced.

“We would encourage residents to please get involved, share their ideas and suggestions and help us shape what tackling climate change in North Northamptonshire will look like.”

SOURCE: Future Northants North