Stratford Climate Action has challenged candidates for election to Stratford District Council to state whether they would support a declaration of Climate Emergency, and what they would like to see in a carbon emissions reduction plan for the district. These are the responses we have received so far.

As the Green Party candidate for the Alcester and Rural Ward I would immediately support the declaration of a Climate Emergency. I would call on the Council to appoint someone with authority to drive the campaign and instigate an assessment of what greenhouse gas emissions the council is responsible for.

Then, working with the local community we would publish a realistic plan of how we could reduce emissions aiming for net zero emissions by 2030.

We would start with the low and no cost options around transport, making more use of public transport, no further road building, and switching to electric vehicles for the council. We would use our powers to insist on increasing energy efficiency in rental properties, new builds and council stock. We would ensure the council uses a green energy supplier, we would plant more trees and encourage local businesses and residents to make Stratford into a truly sustainable district.

I would support Stratford District Council to declare a Climate Emergency.

One thing I would like to see in a plan for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is a substantial increase in the provision of local bus services, such that travelling by bus becomes a viable alternative to the car even for those able to drive.  Currently, many of those no longer able to drive describe a loss of independence, as there are no buses when and where they want to go.

Revenue for increasing the subsidy available for bus services could be generated through a levy on the developers of new build estates, which should also be required to have better provision of local amenities (e.g. a local shop within walking distance) and cycle paths and footpaths so that dependence on private car use can be reduced.

I support the concept of declaring a Climate Emergency to concentrate minds. Local Government should lead, pull together community networks, work with local business and coordinate action as well as setting standards for the council itself.

I was the Council leader 1997 – 2000, when SDC was a national leader of Local Agenda 21. The programme no longer exists, but the council must continue to set a framework (with targets) to address sustainable development and climate change, not only for their own activities, but also as a leader and coordinator for others in the community. Where Government hinders progress, the council should make representations for change.

Energy efficiency in existing houses is the Cinderella of local decarbonisation. Home energy demand accounts for around 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. I helped to found Act on Energy (and remain a trustee) as a registered charity dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts associated with climate change and the social impacts of declining fuel resources and the inability of many to afford adequate heating.

Local government can use the planning system to address climate mitigation, sustainability and resilience with stronger standards but will also need Government support for stronger Zero Carbon policies.

Local government can offer support for community energy, which has had a difficult few years as the result of changing government policy. The impacts of subsidy and tax incentive redactions and reductions continue to be felt. The district council can, and should drive the provision of charging points for electric vehicles and can support and encourage low carbon public transport.

Air quality is essentially a public health strategy at a local level that requires more than Clean Air zones to be effective.

Local Government has to be innovative with their local waste and resource strategies. In a previous role, I helped councils drive forward innovative projects for a circular economy with reductions in waste and a more efficient use of resources.

I am absolutely 100% behind action against climate change.

I support a declaration of climate emergency and, if elected, I will ensure that an ambitious climate emergency plan – which covers planning, transport, waste, energy, climate change adaptation, as well as environmental education in Schools – is put in place in our District. The plan must include clear targets in all the main areas, working with businesses and residents, so that Stratford on Avon District can become carbon neutral within a decade. 

I am standing in a ward where communities are vulnerable to flooding, so effective climate change adaptation measures, together with developing resilient communities, must be part of the plan. 
Traffic and air pollution are not only contributing to carbon emissions, but have also been linked to serious illnesses and reduction of life expectancy. In the age of species extinction any infrastructure and housing development must be sustainable and green, with minimum environmental impact on their surroundings and no health impact to residents, and a focus on renewable energy and electric vehicles. 
Above all, the climate emergency plan must be a public call for action to work together to reduce our carbon footprint. I hope the new wave of Councillors will make climate change a priority, and make Stratford District a model for environmental actioning in our region.
We don’t have much time left to save our planet. And there’s no Planet B.

As an environmental economist running my own consultancy in the area (, I understand the importance and urgency of reducing dangerous and harmful greenhouse gas emissions, whilst at the same time adapting to the impacts of climate change that are already being felt and expected to get significantly worse. Therefore, I fully support a declaration of climate emergency and, if elected, I will work to ensure that an ambitious climate emergency plan – which covers planning, transport, waste, energy and climate change adaptation – is put in place in our District.

I am standing in a ward where communities are vulnerable to flooding, so effective climate change adaptation measures, together with developing resilient communities, must be part of the plan.  

Traffic, congestion and air pollution are not only contributing to carbon emissions, but have also been linked to serious illnesses and reduction of life expectancy. I support further pedestrianisation of the town centre, increased parking charges, better infrastructure and priority for pedestrians and cyclists, and free public transport (buses and trains). In the age of species extinction any infrastructure and housing development must be sustainable and green, with minimum environmental impact on their surroundings and no health impact to residents, and a focus on renewable energy and electric vehicles. 

I strongly believe that the new Council, whatever its make-up, should make climate change a priority, and make Stratford District a model for our region.

If elected I will declare a climate emergency for my ward and propose and support that the District Council should declare a climate emergency.

A district plan to address the climate emergency we face needs to be evidence led. The evidence and solutions to avert climate change are well known. Actions in these areas should be prioritised.

In parallel I will speak to the local community, door to door, to quantify needs locally and how best to address these in the context of our climate emergency. 

My own feelings would be to start a local grassroots movement to involve and educate the community in the effects of, and solutions to, climate change.

I would also propose the following:

  • Improve local transport infrastructure to facilitate the reduction of our reliance on fossil fuel based transport, to include improving the provisions for walking, cycling, public transport & local electric car schemes.
  • Discuss and act with the community to increase the biodiversity of our land.
  • Start community based farms in the ward to localise the production of food.
  • Influence social housing provision and planning strategy to improve the sustainability of our housing.
  • Discuss within the community the science of Climate Change.

I would support a declaration of climate emergency by Stratford District Council. I joined the Green Party as I cared more about climate change and the protection of the planet than any other issue.

Climate change should be taken seriously for the future of our children.

If we do nothing wildlife will disappear from our lives and the earth will slowly die

We need to make climate change our priority. Pollution must be stopped.

I am fully in favour of declaring a national emergency over climate change because the effects of climate change which we are seeing all over the world have been continuing with little acknowledgment over several years by government, media and the newspapers. The entire planet is affected by rising temperatures and as fossil fuels continue to be a huge factor in producing energy, we need those green initiatives to be restored nationally including the renewable feed in tariff so that investing in green technology can get back on track and continue to reduce our need on fossil fuels.

Investment in our natural renewable energy including solar and hydro hasn’t been a priority over several years which is a huge disappointment for us all. Combined with air pollution being above recommended limits in most cities, this  demonstrates that this has not been a priority for this government. Looking at the expected temperature rises we cannot fix this quickly and will require an extensive commitment locally and nationally and a commitment by the government to reduce our footprint on the environment. Our planet deserves to be treated with kindness and time is running out if we don’t act quickly. We owe it to the next generation and every generation that follows them to stand up for the planet.

In Stratford-upon-Avon we have issues with congestion on many routes in and out of our beautiful town and we also have some major routes nearby which should be monitored for air quality, which I understand does take place but not on a permanent basis.

I agree that the District Council declaring a Climate Emergency would give a powerful and a positive message to our community that something must be done. However, I believe it is also in taking practical measures that we will begin to change the serious problems we face.

I want to see a stronger message being issued to all ages, I believe education in these matters is vital. But not just about how to reduce waste, but how to reuse, and choices people can make everyday to help reduce waste. 

  • Looking at the use of alternative means of power. The Liberal Democrats proposals to extend electric car charging points to all district council car parks were voted down by the Conservatives in February 2019. I would want to revisit this. Councils should be positive on leading by example.

  • How could the Council help provide guidance to people on what they can do? Sometimes it is difficult for people to know where to start and what to do for the best. We could reverse the reductions to the grant for Act on Energy so they could continue providing information and advice to local communities on energy saving and conservation.

  • Recognise that lower income families, disabled, and other disadvantaged members of the community might find it harder to make changes than others – how could we support them?

  • Councils who have declared the Climate Emergency should act together to bring pressure to bear on the Government to change national policy.

  • I want to see the council lead by example. At a recent meeting, councillors were sitting with disposable cups from a coffee machine, why have they not bought reusable cups?  The Town Council have stopped buying bottled water, and instead are using filter jugs. I want to see more of this happening.
  • I will be looking at reducing paper use. In a digital age, there should be no need to be printing huge reams of paper. All notes, and agendas should be sent digitally. 

As a 19 year old, the issue of global warming is at the forefront of my mind. All other political issues are irrelevant if we haven’t an Earth to implement societal changes upon, which is why I am more than happy to support the declaration of a ‘Climate Change Emergency’. The Stratford area is rife with natural beauty, particularly in Brailes (bias intended), thus it should be easy to gain inspiration to actively preserve these precious habitats that, across the globe, are being threatened by climate change. Wide-reaching change needs the backing of a climate-concerned central government with a plan such as Labour’s “Green Transformation”. On a local level, however, it is transport and sustainable housing that are key to making a difference. The removal of regular, reliable bus routes by private companies to protect their profits forces more and more people to drive cars into Stratford town, pumping out harmful emissions – a problem that could be easily avoided with a reliable and more accessible ‘park and ride’ service and an improved overall transport network. Many housing developments in the local area are built in ignorance of environmental implications. There is a need for housing, but there is no reason developments cannot be constructed sustainably, with the inclusion of renewable energy sources and green spaces.  


It is time that local authorities make a clear stance on this issue and provide workable local solutions. We are indeed at breaking point and for the preservation of everything from our local green spaces to the Amazon Rainforest it is time that we, both as locals and as Britons urge those in power to decide what is really more important, the profit in our pockets or the air that we breath.

I strongly support the declaration of a climate emergency and would call for one at the first opportunity. I have been trying to obtain signatures for a petition calling on the District Council to do this to demonstrate the level of public support.

The purpose of the declaration would be to ensure that environmental impact is considered in every decision made by the council. A citizen’s assembly or special committee might help ensure this by advising and scrutinising the decisions made by the council.

I am keen to implement a policy of rewilding – this is planting trees and allowing woodlands to grow back, providing long term storage of carbon to offset our emissions. This has the added benefits of bringing back wildlife and helping reduce flood risk, as well as further increasing the natural beauty of our district.

Another significant issue is the building of new homes. The council must take a strong stance with developers to ensure the environment is prioritised over profit. One way of achieving our housing targets while minimising impact is to increase the proportion of affordable homes being built, since more moderate homes will require fewer resources and less land than large luxury ones. It has the added benefit of helping prevent local people from being priced-out of their own town. 

I would also support any measures for reducing congestion and the need for car use – such as the provision of safe, clearly signed cycle paths.

I fully support this motion for the climate emergency. The alarm bells are ringing and Stratford District Council must play its part in highlighting our life threatening emergency and playing its part to save life on this planet. 
I will support a motion to declare a Climate Emergency. More can be done to tackle climate change, and I am committed to seeing the District lead the way in reducing its carbon footprint to near zero by 2030.
The existing transport infrastructure is not adequate for our growing town. As part of this, I am calling for the proper installation of cycle paths, and increased cycling facilities throughout the town. I am also keen to improve the facilities of the park and ride and to encourage more use of the bus and train services into the town.
I would like to increase the adoption of Electric Vehicles throughout the District, including buses, taxis and personal vehicles. I would like to see more EV charging points within council-operated car parks, and more benefits to EV operators to encourage adoption.
Finally, I will promote the reduction of single-use plastics and other measures in a bid to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. I am passionate about effective means of recycling and will look to learn more in this area, and take appropriate action.
I am proud to be part of the Liberal Democrats, who locally have taken provable action in addressing climate change. I look forward to building upon the good work they have done, as we tackle the upcoming challenges that climate change brings.

If I am elected as your Councillor, one of my first actions will be to make contact with you as a resident of Ettington, to establish your local priorities. In voting for me as a Green Party councillor, you will be aware that environmental concerns are a high priority for me, just as they are for you. With this in mind, I shall be campaigning for Stratford District Council to follow the example of a number of other town and city councils in declaring a climate emergency. This is in recognition of the urgent need for intense action to limit climate breakdown. It would commit the Council to drastically cut their greenhouse gas emissions over the next ten years.

As part of this commitment, I would work to secure several specific environmental measures, including:

More sustainable transport services

  • Opposing HS2 which offers little benefit to those living between major cities, and instead seeking to enhance local rail services, e.g. re-establishment of the Honeybourne to Stratford rail service.
  • Opposing the Stratford South West Relief Road as part of an overall policy of reducing reliance on road transport.
  • Incentivising road users to switch to public transport in order to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and ease congestion in Stratford town centre.
  • Making public transport more sustainable by the introduction of more electric vehicles.

Enhanced recycling services

  • Improving recycling rates in local businesses by introducing fines for those who do not recycle rather than charging businesses for the provision of recycling services.
  • Introducing recycling inspections of business premises in the District.
  • Requiring applicants seeking planning permission for business premises to demonstrate a clean energy strategy and a recycling strategy.
  • Increasing the number of on-street recycling bins in towns in the District.

Community engagement

  • Taking a more active role in engaging with local residents about ways to live sustainably, by means of regular, user-friendly written communications, and offering of talks to local groups about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.
  • Establishing an annual writing competition to promote themes of living in harmony with the planet in the context of Stratford District. Prizes and publicity would be offered to the winners. This would be a way of encouraging residents to think creatively about the protection of their local environment.


  • Incentivising tree-planting to reduce CO2 levels and enhance the environment in towns and villages throughout the District.

Although there will be budgetary implications for implementing these measures, some of them will be self-funding or virtually cost-free.

I am in favour of declaring a national emergency over climate change. Whilst this is an international issue, it requires everyone to act in order to achieve the goals outlined. It is key that we send a message in the Stratford area as many people visit the town as tourists from abroad, and if we can promote a greener town it will help raise awareness not just locally or nationally but in many parts of the world. I am currently writing this from Hamburg, the second greenest city in Europe and there is a clear message across the city. Their European election campaigns have many of the parties using a platform of promoting a greener city and I believe this is an important issue that should be brought to the fore in our own politics. Issues like Brexit have dominated the news, but climate change is arguably the most important issue for us right now, with time running out. The consequences of our indecision over this will outlast everything else and so should betaken seriously.

In Stratford and the surrounding area, we need an authority to establish appropriate measures across the district in order to reduce our pollution. This will affect many different areas that the council controls from transport to planning permission. As a student who lives outside Stratford, I know first hand the inadequacies of our public transport, especially buses. Thus I see many people in this rural area drive into Stratford or elsewhere, when a proper bus service would reduce reliance on cars and thus reduce emissions. Equally with planning permission, I have witnessed many new housing developments arise in the area, that have been built on green land and have as many houses as possible packed within the developments. This is clearly unsustainable and we risk forever losing our green belt, and with it destroying the habitats of innumerable animals and wildlife of all kinds. This is a problem for now, not tomorrow. We must act today or else risk losing it forever.

The Liberal Democrats at District level have demonstrated long term commitment to be proactive in the face of climate change, being instrumental in setting up LA21 in the early 90s and Act on Energy in the mid 90s.

I have led on successful Cycle and Climate Adaption motions at County and have worked with Friends of the Earth on aspects of Air Quality Control at District. The Liberal Democrats have proposed car charging points in residential areas and appropriate car parks, and there is still more work to be done here. Waste management, reducing rubbish to landfill and reduction of one use plastics have been areas where the Liberal Democrats have worked with Town, District and County Councils in partnership to produce positive results.

I am fully committed to do what I can to promote understanding and taking action to reduce our impact on our climate, and seeking to achieve all three levels of local government committing to reduce their carbon footprint is at the top of my action list.

As the Labour candidate for Harbury Ward, I fully support the Climate Emergency initiative.

I support the motion to declare a climate emergency at district council level.  David Attenborough’s program last month highlighted the fact that we need to take urgent action now, and that the longer we wait the worse the problem will be. By declaring a climate emergency now the council can start to take responsibility at a local level and reduce the level of emissions from Stratford-upon-Avon. As more councils follow this lead all across the country, we can be part of a growing movement to prepare for a carbon neutral future.

By looking carefully at the council’s specific responsibilities for planning, transport and waste disposal, savings can be made in the future. No one individual can provide all the answers, but by working collaboratively with other parties and experts such as Act on Energy, I hope we can make a difference before it is too late. It is the responsibility of the council to prepare the district for a future that will be very different.

With regards to air quality I support the increasing use of electric vehicles and public transport. Reopening the Honeybourne rail link would provide an alternative to private cars for residents of the new Long Marston development.

The introduction of electric car charging points in the area would be supported by me. I also remember when there was much better public transport and would support more frequent bus services. I believe the park and ride has helped reduce the number of vehicles coming in to the town centre and would support subsidising this so as to make it a more attractive option, and to encourage more people to use it.

I support further pedestrianisation of the town centre, if this is possible, and would like to see the introduction of more cycle routes around the town. 

My name is Kieran Kelly I am your Labour candidate for Hathaway Ward and 100% I would support ‘a declaration of climate emergency’ 

As a working carpenter I have always embraced reclaimed materials in all the work that I do, as and when the project allows me to! I have been doing for some 30 years!

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s I was a TV presenter for BBC’s Real Rooms, ITV’s Better Homes, plus my own series on the Discovery Channel. I was famed as presenter-cum-carpenter for my ability to up-cycle and recycle all my timber products, a practice I still have today. For example turning old pallet timber into furniture. 

I would suggest, we as a community could introduce workshops, through which we could explore how collectively we can change our habits and be more aware of how we can change our planet, by finding the answers in our day to day activities! If our community gets involved, then innovation born out of necessity will come alive! It’s all about empowering ‘us’ to make simple changes that have great rewards. We are only just taking the first steps to make our world a safer, healthier, cleaner and more beautiful place for the generations to come. ‘We are all responsible!’

Change is not the problem. Resistance to change is the problem!

I am running for the first time as the Liberal Democrats candidate for Hathaway Ward for Town and District council and as a vegan and an environmentally conscious person, I was terrified by the report published in September 2018, by the world’s leading climate scientists (IPCC). It is the starkest warning so far; it stated that our current actions are not enough, we absolutely need to do more.

Childhood asthma is on the rise, due to air pollution, both long-term and short-term exposure to air pollution can cause health problems such as reduced lung function and more asthma attacks.

I am dedicated to do what I can to help others understand what they can do to decrease our impact on climate change, whether it’s taking simple steps such as reducing the amount of water and electricity we use daily, to promoting the reduction of single use plastics or the amount of times we use our vehicles. If each person can stay off the road just two days a week, we can potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 721 kilograms per year.

As mentioned by Jenny Fradgley, the Liberal Democrats have proposed car charging points in residential areas and appropriate car parks. Waste management, reducing rubbish to landfill and reduction of one-use plastics have been areas where the Liberal Democrats have worked with Town, District and County Councils in partnership to produce positive results.

We will also inform residents about where and how recycled waste is used with a view to help them maximise recycling and avoid undesirable practices such as long distance “export” of waste. We will continually review energy consumption across the District, particularly at the Council’s own sites, to minimise the use of carbon-based fuels. We will invest in energy improvements to provide a financial and carbon Payback and we will work with partners, suppliers and contractors to improve both their and our environmental performance.

Our polar icecaps are melting, and sea levels and global temperatures are rising, forest fires are on the increase and flooding is becoming a regular occurrence all over the world. This is due mostly to human-caused global warming. We cannot sit idly by and allow this to continue. The environment should be a priority for every Party in order to preserve this planet for our children and their children.

Stratford needs to declare a Climate Emergency, as this is the most important issue in the world today. (There are only 11 years left to avoid world catastrophe.) If elected, I would support the appointment of a person responsible for assessing, reporting on and reducing carbon emissions on Stratford District activities, including those of all subcontractors. There must be a declared budget for such a person.

I would push for

  • New buildings to meet greater carbon reduction requirements than the UK minimum.

  • Much improved and new cycleways.

  • Consideration of all 33 things on the Friends of the Earth list (download), with a view to actioning as many as the council budget will allow.

  • A greater proportion of the budget to be used for Climate Emergency activities.

I certainly support a declaration of climate emergency. I have been impressed by the Extinction Rebellion movement which has highlighted the very urgent need for action to tackle climate change for present and future generations.

Action needs to be taken by national governments, but local councils also need to act. 

Stratford District Council needs to plan to reduce carbon emissions as a priority. Public transport needs to be greatly improved and high emission vehicles need to be penalised. Renewable energy needs to be encouraged and housing and business need to have much higher standards of energy efficiency.

As the Green Party candidate for the Kineton Ward in the upcoming elections, I support the declaration of climate emergency and would like to see the council adopt the 33 measures identified by Friends of the Earth for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, namely:
Low or no cost actions
1. Stop promoting measures that increase greenhouse gases – for example, increasing road capacity. There is many years of evidence that shows that new road capacity simply encourages more traffic and therefore increased greenhouse gas emissions24. Local authorities should also stop allowing for increased expansion of aviation within local plans or investing in airports and airport expansion.
2. Introduce work-place parking charges and/or ultra-low emission zones and/or a congestion charging area – the funds from these should be recycled to pay for active travel and public transport. London pioneered congestion charging and is now exploring road charging by the mile. Nottingham City Council pioneered a work-place charging levy.
3. Require all taxis to be EVs through licensing – London is aiming for all taxis to be zero carbon by 2033.
4. Introduce differential change for parking permits – high carbon emission vehicles should be charged more. If residential parking exists charging more for second and third cars at the same address could also encourage greater use of public transport, cycling and walking.
5. Support the development of car-sharing – for example through extensive parking for car clubs.
6. Ensure rapid transition of own fleet electric vehicles –the Energy Savings Trust can work with the council to undertake a ‘grey fleet’ review and support this transition. The grey fleet is vehicles that are required to be used by council staff but not owned by the council.
7. Integrate the need to reduce car use into the local plan – this requires a range of measures, including: ensuring dense housing development with quality walking & cycling; restricted car parking provision; the provision of transport & delivery hubs to enable the use of cargo bikes and similar for deliveries; and support for climate adaptation measures such as green space and green architecture (e.g. roofs, walls, etc.).
More expensive actions
8. Invest in active travel infrastructure and quality public transport – London is aiming for 80% of journeys to be by foot, bike or public transport by 2041, up from 60% currently. Greater Manchester has committed to a ten-year plan to build 120km of segregated cycle routes on main roads, and over 1,400 new or upgraded cycle and pedestrian crossings25.Transport for Quality of Life has produced detailed briefings on how public transport and active travel needs to be developed and supported.26
9. Require the use of electric buses – on bus subsidised routes require the use of electric or hydrogen buses (but only if the hydrogen has been made using electrolysis powered by renewable energy27). In England local authorities can use the Buses Act to work in partnership with bus companies to move towards low carbon buses for all routes, although the powers to achieve this differ from area to area. Combined authorities with a mayor are likely to have the greatest powers through franchising.
10. Put in place EV charging – at council owned locations and facilitate rapid rollout of private-charging facilities
Low or no cost actions
11. Enforce minimum energy efficiency standards in private rented sector – Newham Council in London has pioneered the use of licencing to identify rented homes and ensure full cost recovery of proper regulation and enforcement of housing standards.
12. Use powers to require higher standards than current national standards for new build – ideally all new homes and commercial properties should be zero carbon or even better built to Passivhaus standard. Local authorities are unable to mandate this standard. However, thanks to the Green Building Council and Core Cities, the government has clarified that “local authorities are not restricted in their ability to require energy efficiency standards above Building Regulations.”28. Ipswich and Cambridge councils have included a requirement for all new homes to meet a standard equivalent to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 4. This delivers a 19% improvement on the current national standards29. In London the Mayor’s powers are greater and the standard for new homes is zero carbon.
13. Help energy companies target fuel poor or vulnerable households with energy efficiency measures – the Government has produced guidance to allow local authorities to identify the fuel poor or vulnerable houses to energy companies. The energy companies then insulate these as part of their legal ECO obligations30.
More expensive actions
14. Retrofit council-owned properties – deep retrofit of all council-owned social housing, schools and other council properties to Energy Performance Certificate c or higher. This should include fitting eco-heating and developing heat networks where appropriate. Local authorities own around 7% of housing in England.
15. Enforce building standards – enforce planning/building conditions to ensure all new builds are meeting the targets they were granted permission for.
Low or no cost actions
16. Adopt circular economy waste policies – for example in local plans, minerals plans and waste management plans and contracts, as well as promoting community sharing, reuse and recycling
More expensive actions
17. Zero waste to landfill or incineration – in waste disposal contracts ensure biodegradable waste, such as food waste and paper/cardboard, is recycled, composted or used to generate biogas (see below). Note local authority waste contracts tend to be very long, so in many places the ability to influence these may be very low.
Low or no cost actions
18. Identify areas suitable for renewable energy in the local plan – the NPPF states that new onshore wind cannot be approved outside an area “identified as suitable for wind energy” unless it is a community-led scheme. Friends of the Earth research suggests only around a quarter of new local plans are identifying such areas. The potential for future onshore wind deployment in England will be heavily diminished unless this is rectified.
19. Require renewable energy such as solar thermal, PV or heat pumps – this needs to be done in local authority developments, but also private sector developments.
20. Switch street lighting to well-designed and well directed LED lights – well-designed and well directed LEDs can prevent urban sky-glare whereas dimming at certain times both saves energy and is less harmful for nature. Investment in LED street lighting is expected to pay back with eight years31. Solihull plans to have replaced all its 24,000 street lights by 2024 cutting its total energy costs in half to just £612,000 and reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent32.
21. Reduce energy use in own estate and add renewable energy – the Re-fit Framework supported by the Government and the Local Government Association and used by some local authorities, such as City of Cardiff Council, uses an Energy Performance Contracting approach to deliver guaranteed energy efficiency improvements and energy production for their own estate.
22. Divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy projects – many local authorities have now chosen to divest their investments from fossil fuels. Campaigners in Waltham Forest , Southwark , Haringey, Hackney, South Yorkshire and Merseyside have all persuaded their councils to move money out of the coal, oil and gas companies whose actions are fuelling climate change.33
23. Commit to opposing fracking and other fossil fuel extraction – both on council owned lands but also more widely. Greater Manchester combined authorities have committed to oppose any fracking and have embedded this opposition in their draft plan34.
More expensive actions
24. Produce biogas – in the waste contract require the production of biogas from non-recyclable biodegradable waste. Biogas is an important contribution to decarbonising the gas grid. Heating of homes and commerce using gas is one of the largest source of greenhouse gases in the UK.
25. Develop district heating – map out and develop district heating, as long as it’s from low carbon sources. Enfield Council has formed a company that aims to provide lower carbon heat and hot water to around 15,000 residents with an explicit aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions35.
26. Explore forming a non-profit green energy company – Bristol City Council has formed an Energy Company (Bristol Energy) which aims to be in profit in 2021 with those profits invested in the city for energy efficiency. In a fiercely competitive energy market it remains to be seen is this approach will succeed or not. Nottingham City Council also has an energy company which only sells green energy. Norwich is launching a ‘white label’ energy company. White label companies partner with an existing supplier to provide energy, in effect acting as an intermediary but benefiting from being a bulk purchaser. These example have primarily been set-up to help resident reduce fuel bills, particularly those in fuel poverty. It is as yet uncertain if these have reduced greenhouse gases.
No or low cost actions
27. Buy green energy –Local authorities are major energy purchases. According to the LGA local authorities spend more than three-quarters of a billion pounds on energy alone. Sheffield City Council has recently committed to only buying green electricity which it says will not cost much more than its existing source36. However it is important that such a shift increases the amount of renewable energy produced, for example through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). A PPA is a long-term purchasing contract with a developer which gives the developer the necessary confidence to build the renewable power plant. Power Purchase Agreements could also be used to support the development of community-owned energy schemes.
28. Aim to win on sustainability – Nottingham City Council were named as ‘highly commended’ in the category for sustainable procurement in 201837. Sheffield City Council were also short-listed. There is undoubtedly significant scope for local authorities across the UK to improve procurement processes to deliver on environmental and social goals.
More expensive actions
29. Require deliveries to be by electric vehicles – use procurement powers to require council deliveries to use EVs, including where appropriate electric cargo bikes.
Green infrastructure.
30. Use council land to drawdown carbon (e.g. tree planting) – not all local authority land is registered but will be by 2025, but some local authorities will have sizable levels of land ownership (e.g. Hampshire has over 2000 hectares of land). This land could be managed to offset carbon (e.g. through tree planting, soil carbon management, etc.). Managing green spaces alongside roads and in urban settings can also contribute. This will make a very small but still positive difference in carbon emissions. Green infrastructure in towns and cities will also aid climate adaptation. Many local authorities now produce green infrastructure strategies.
31. Ensure the Sub-national Transport Body strategy is in-line with carbon budgets – These and other groupings of local authorities are important for setting an agreed strategic direction and it is important that the strategies they write are in-line with the carbon budgets set by the Committee on Climate Change. Transport is a particularly important area, but local authorities also come together in other areas, for example in purchasing of energy.
32. Influence LEPS – Local authorities have a very important role in cajoling or convening others. This particularly includes through non-statutory Local Economic Partnerships in England (38 in total). These are business-led partnerships that include local authorities. They are focussed on economic growth and they access government grants in a range of areas, including for housing, transport and energy. They do not need to address climate change but some do. For example the Leeds LEP commissioned a report from the Carbon Trust on how to support decarbonisation across the economy. Local authorities need to actively influence the development of LEP strategies and proposals to ensure they embed carbon reduction.
33. Provide advice – local authorities are well placed to provide advice to individuals and businesses. Manchester City Council has supported a charity run ‘Carbon Literacy Project’ which aims to help individuals, businesses and other better understand climate change and what can be done to tackle it. Local authorities can also help homes and businesses link-up with energy companies for grants, for example the Warm Up Bristol programme and the Better Homes Yorkshire programme.

As the Labour Party candidate for Kinwarton I fully support this action. This is a real and urgent issue, indeed an Emergency. It requires a coordinated response on local and national level. Stratford District Council needs to set up a committee to set out a plan of action and work jointly with parish and county councils, and at the national level.

If elected you can expect my full support in this matter.

I support a declaration of climate emergency, to be issued by Stratford District Council, which would include a plan of action for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across the District. In this plan I would like to see:
  • An introduction of the use of electric cars/delivery vans of goods, for all new vehicles.
  • A commitment to opposing fracking and other fossil fuel extractions.
  • Zero waste to landfill. Plus encouraging businesses to cut down on waste by using renewable materials and packaging.
  • Refusal of planning permission on proposed new housing estates that impinge or destroy local green areas.
  • Encouragement for bio-diversification of land use, between crops and wildlife, i.e. unploughed strips of land at the edges of fields. Plus the planting of trees on unused land.
  • Finally, provision of advice to individuals and businesses on the importance of food waste and disposal of plastics etc.

Last month, world leaders at a General Assembly of the UN met to discuss the findings of a report they had commissioned on climate change. The report indicated that we have just eleven years to radically alter our environmental approach in order to prevent catastrophic, irreversible climate change.  Limiting global warming “would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented change in all aspects of society.”

As a Green Party councillor, I would put forward the case for Stratford-upon-Avon District Council to join the growing number of councils in the UK (54 and rising) who have declared a climate emergency. This would be a declaration of our serious intent to preserve our home – in Stratford-upon-Avon District and beyond – for our children. As a district council, we have a vital role to play, particularly in transport and planning. We are well placed to lead on this, modelling best practice, showing the way for businesses and making informed decisions.

Declaring a climate emergency will mean developing an emergency plan for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, with the aim of making Stratford District carbon neutral by 2030. As a councillor, I would advocate for the appointment of an officer dedicated to monitoring and reviewing council policy and practices in line with this target. I would support:

  • Setting and reviewing annual carbon budgets for the district, consistent with carbon neutrality by 2030.

  • Reviewing and revising transport strategy in line with carbon budgets.

  • Reviewing and revising planning strategy consistent with climate goals.

  • Using council land to draw down carbon, by planting native trees or letting trees grow.

  • Using renewable sources to supply the council’s energy needs, including vehicle fuel.

  • Ensuring the council’s investments are in line with environmental policy.

  • Encouraging the development of sustainable energy schemes.

  • Working with local businesses and organisations on climate change.

I have dedicated the latter part of my professional working life to reducing carbon emissions. I agree that immediate and committed action is needed at all levels to address climate change. It would be naïve to say this is easy and simple. All levels of government to need to become engaged, and to engage the public in personal, corporate and legislative action. The Council needs to embark upon information dissemination and encouragement by example to this end. Personally I have had solar PV since 2010, I drive an electric car and I chose climate change awareness as my charity when I was President of my Rotary Club in 2004 (when it was of an even lower profile than it is now).

I was a District Councillor 2003-11 and during this time I pushed for (and achieved) the 10% renewables rule for new buildings at Stratford Council.  I worked in an small environmental consultancy for 11 years until retirement a year ago, where one of my roles was to manage our environmental standards and where we logged savings of 356,000 tonnes of CO2 over eight years.

Individually we can achieve small steps – collectively, and by example we can make big strides. 

SDC needs to join the 52 other councils in declaring a climate emergency. There are things that they can do immediately to help us work towards carbon neutrality rather than be part of the problem. They need to declare political commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions; develop carbon reduction pathways and climate compliant strategies and plans; and find ways to raise funds to implement them.
Areas that they have most influence in – waste, buildings, and transport are obvious places to start, but they can also be effective in influencing other stakeholders, energy use, and procurement.

As the Labour Party candidate for Quinton I would be 100 percent in favour of Stratford Council declaring a climate emergency. I was made very aware of the need to achieve sustainable living nearly thirty years ago when first visiting The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth and seeing the work they were doing. At the time they were widely regarded as a bunch of crackpot hippies living in a Welsh quarry. Unfortunately, thirty years of unfettered mass consumerism have proved them to be remarkably prescient.

Stratford District Council should seek to lead by example. All council controlled vehicles should be either electric or biofuel when they are replaced, this also being a condition of contract with any outsourced services. A greater number of electric car charging points should be provided, and such provision should be made compulsory as a condition of planning permission both in large scale residential and commercial developments. Furthermore, all south/southwest facing roofs on new large scale residential developments should have compulsory PV panels, significant amounts, not just the token ones they get now. These would be relatively cheap to install during construction. Their cost is further reduced when aggregated with the roofs of houses in the same development which don’t face south. This should also apply to industrial development. How often does a large box type warehouse/factory unit go up with acres of Spanclad roofing and not a single solar panel in sight? These sites are ideal for solar PV as they are usually open to full sunlight and do not raise objections to loss of visual amenity. This should reduce the need for large scale solar farms on greenfield sites such as that adjacent to the former Drayton research station on the edge of Stratford. In addition to this, all such developments should have rainwater harvesting systems for flushing toilets etc, firstly to help reduce flooding from runoff and also to stop wasting gallons of water which has been purified to drinking standards.

As a world tourist destination Stratford has an opportunity to send a message across the planet for green consciousness. This could range from a promotion of the less conspicuous things listed above to the more obvious such as street recycling bins and and increased use of the park and ride, pedestrianisation and more cycleways.

There can be no doubt that if society is treated as little more than a resource to be exploited for profit, the destruction of the planet is inevitable, fracking being the ultimate example of this. As if sucking oil out of the ground, releasing carbon into the atmosphere for the last hundred years and going to war countless times to secure the rights to that oil resulting in the deaths of millions was not enough, market economics now dictate that it is now worth pumping toxic chemicals into the ground to try and wring out every last drop. The earth died screaming, as UB40 once sang. The Labour Party has a green transformation policy and proposals for a green new deal, real jobs for a new green economy, furthermore the activists to push for this sea-change. Take action against Barclays funding of planet destruction this Saturday

As Labour candidate for the Vale of Red Horse, I would support the declaration of a climate emergency. It has been clear for at least a generation, despite those who have tried to deny the facts, that the climate of our planet is in a fragile state and subject to unprecedented warming resulting in a much higher incidence of natural disasters. At a local level, we need to reduce carbon emissions by improving public transport links and developing green energy and clean air policies.

I would fully support a declaration of a Climate Emergency by Stratford District Council. I have been active over many years in environmental initiatives in Stratford District such as Friends of the Earth, Agenda21 committee, Transitions Stratford and Shipston. I am currently a Director of Heart of England Community Energy near Stratford.

My carbon emissions reduction plan for the District would include:

  • Stop increasing road capacity around the District. New roads attract more traffic and result in increased carbon emissions and pollution.
  • Halt the building of the Stratford South West Relief Road
  • Reinstate the Stratford to Honeybourne link and in doing so complete the rail link to Oxford and on to London as well as to the South West. It would also reduce road traffic from the 3500 new houses to be built in Long Marston
  • Make quality walking & cycling routes a priority around the District
  • Pedestrianise town centres around the District where possible
  • Require all taxis to be Electric Vehicles through licensing
  • Charge high carbon emission vehicles more for parking
  • Change the District Council’s own fleet to electric vehicle
  • All subsidised bus routes should be required to use electric or hydrogen buses
  • Use powers to require higher standards than current national standards for new build houses
  • Require renewable energy such as solar thermal, PV or heat pumps on new build homes

I am an artist and gardener living in a village South of Shipston. I have three grown children and I have recently become a grandmother. 

In the late eighties my art practice was informed by climate science and climate change predictions. I created an ironic estate agent, Greenhouse Estates set in the future of 2030, when the icecaps had melted and the World had warmed. On offer were mobile-submarine-homes, a villa in the Highlands and an Ark for all weathers.   Fast forward thirty years and the tragic reality of climate change is an emergency and my naive attempt to change hearts and minds through art made little difference. I now find myself a candidate for the Labour Party in the Stratford District Council elections, and the hope for a better future for our children, their children and the planet, is still very close to my heart. Armed with the strong, democratic policies of the Labour Party there is hope that bold, transformative thinking can steer us away from social and ecological catastrophe. I urge people to read The Green Transformation, Labour’s environment policy for a bigger picture and vision of the future. In this small corner of Warwickshire, I am hopeful and confident that with grassroots democracy and political will, Labour voices on the District Council can influence and help implement these policies on a local level and if elected I will try my hardest to make that happen, starting with the proposition that Stratford District Council declare a Climate Emergency and put policies in place for a sustainable, low carbon, zero emission future economy and environment for the many. I would especially push for greener, affordable housing, with all new developments meeting modern standards for building zero carbon homes using new technology.
Sorry I didn’t see the notification for this challenge earlier. I think you could probably determine my attitude from the blurb I wrote as a candidate for Snitterfield:
It’s serious. It may already be too late to act.

If elected, I wouldn’t just support a declaration of climate emergency – I’d propose it! I’m in a good position to do this, not just as a member of the Green Party, but also as a subscriber to the Association of Green Councillors (AGC).  They’ve been working in partnership with the other parties to table motions across the country – so that local councils at all tiers of government will do whatever is possible to tackle climate change and become carbon-neutral by 2030.  

I don’t know how quickly this could be implemented.  But I’d use AGC members’ experiences to help me get the motion tabled as quickly as possible: this is an emergency!  North Somerset had a declaration proposed and passed within a month – could Stratford achieve the same?

I can’t tell you what measures I’d support.  I’d want us first to undertake a review of Stratford’s services, in order to quantify our carbon emissions, then identify measures to reduce them, using the excellent check-list drawn up by Friends of the Earth, and then prioritize those measures. I’d be willing to use my allowance as a councillor to kick-start this process in advance of budget allocation.

And I can’t offer a timescale.  But Stroud, the first authority to make such a declaration, has already become carbon-neutral  and aims to be carbon-free  by 2030 – could Stratford achieve this too?

I think it’s fantastic that the fundamental political and ecological issue of climate change is now being more thoroughly considered in the mainstream media. I wholly support this initiative.

I support many of the welcome responses of other candidates. Indeed, I have great respect for those Green Party candidates, in particular. 
However, while I am standing as a Labour candidate, Labour’s leadership, in parliament, to test MPs commitment to this initiative, this week, is most welcome.
AI and the essential future Green Revolution raise many interdependent challenges, not least social justice. The evidence of the last nine years, very sadly, indicates that Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians have employed ‘austerity’ to make the lives of women, people with disabilities, and people with chronic or mental health problems far worse. 
Above all, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrat politicians have, since 2010, increased child poverty exponentially. Some estimates indicate that as many as 40 percent of all children will be in poverty by 2022. This is an absolute social catastrophe.
Ecological sustainability and social justice are therefore vital interdependent principles we should all work towards.
I’ve read and studied the Challenge to Prospective Councillors, outlining the gravity of the climate situation and the challenges that face us if we are to survive as a species on this planet for very much longer; and I endorse every word.  Let me say that again: I endorse every word.  If I’m lucky enough to be elected, I shall do my utmost to help in any local-authority-type way I can, in addition to my individual efforts; and urging Stratford DC to declare a climate emergency, if it hasn’t already joined the ranks of local authorities (51 last time I checked) who’ve already done so.

I am wholeheartedly in favour of a declaration of Climate Emergency for our district. The global changes that we are seeing are very worrying and all levels of government need to act decisively and work together to avert catastrophe.  

Our district council has responsibility for environmental health and I believe that far more can be done to measure, monitor and reduce the impact of pollution locally. For example, it has been known for several years that air quality in Studley is a real cause for concern, as we are exceeding the annual mean targets for levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air we breathe. We are not tackling this problem with enough urgency. We are told by the writers of our local Air Quality reports that as individuals we should cut down on car use, walk or cycle. How can we do this without ambitious local strategies to support new footpaths and cycle ways, and without increased investment in public transport? 

Several candidates have already mentioned the briefing from Friends of the Earth, “33 actions local authorities can take to deliver carbon pollution reductions.” This is a very helpful document and should be our starting point. Some of the actions suggested are low cost or no cost, so we just need the political will to implement them.  We also need to consider how the powers of the district council differ from the powers of the town and county councils, and make sure that this important work is properly co-ordinated at all levels of local government.

I wholeheartedly support the campaign for Stratford District Council to declare a Climate Emergency. Having a background in science, the scientific evidence is overwhelming that human activity is causing significant negative impacts on our climate.

Our district is substantially lacking in public transport services, particularly between the centres of population, with no real rail provision and sporadic at best bus services. Sadly, as highlighted recently by Jeremy Corbyn, this is endemic across the country, and not only has climatic impacts, but also leads to poor air quality through increased car use and may well be contributing to early deaths in our area. Therefore I would like to see a substantial increase in services to present public transport as a real and viable alternative to car use. I would also support feasibility studies to see if any rail lines could be extended/reintroduced to further reduce vehicle use. Additionally, the canal towpath is also in a very poor condition in places outside of Stratford town, and a minimal investment could develop this into a cycle highway.

In addition, all new developments must be planned on a sustainable basis to limit the climatic impact of new building, and should include things like ensuring sufficient infrastructure and services are planned to reduce the need for car journeys to be made, but also looking for opportunities to incorporate small scale renewable energy generation in all developments.

I would fully support the declaration of a national climate emergency as well as locally as is party policy.
I agree with all the comments of my colleague Wayne Bates, Labour Candidate for Studley with Mappleborough Green.

We must also remember that the main perpetrators of greenhouse emissions are businesses and industry and that as the impact of each person is minimal, it is far more important to legislate to minimise this at a national level, and to enforce this, as well as to remember that offshoring manufacturing does not reduce the net effect, so a tariff must be employed on all imported products.

I fully support the concept that Stratford District Council should declare a climate emergency. If elected I would:- 

1.    Support immediate implementation of as many as possible of the 33 measures proposed by Friends of the Earth.

2.    Support the appointment of a member of staff tasked with identifying the greenhouse gas associated with all the council’s activities and all its bought in services, and the formation of a plan to reduce these to zero or near zero by 2030.

However, there may be budgetary constraints  which might limit what can be achieved immediately. I would support all possible ways of finding funding. We can no doubt learn from some of the 50 plus councils which have already declared an emergency. Finding funds may involve committing contingency money or a reduction of some services and may not be popular but we are dealing with a genuine emergency. This is because a feature of climate breakdown is the so-called TIPPING POINTS* of which there are many.**

*Some TIPPING POINTS  happen whilst the effects of climate breakdown appear not too severe but they irreversibly accelerate the climate breakdown process. Melting of the Greenland ice sheet is an example and there is evidence that it may already have reached the point where complete melting cannot be avoided. Loss of ice eventually leads to exposure of a large area of darker surface which absorbs more of the sun’s heat and thereby increases the heating of the land and the atmosphere, and so accelerates climate breakdown. Sea level rise produced by complete melting of the Greenland ice sheet is estimated at 6 metres. About 600 million people live close to sea level. Where do they go? !!! If we act quickly, we might just avoid this tipping point. This is one example of why a climate emergency needs to be declared.

**For information about a few more tipping points see here.

We need to do so much more to save our planet and I am committed to do what I can, even in a small way. I put forward a motion at District and County councils to replace all plastic cups at drinks stations around all local government buildings which was supported I am glad to say. I worked with the ‘pause for plastic straws’ campaign group to remove all plastic straws from all drinks establishments in Stratford Town. The District Lib Dem group put forward, as part of their budget proposals, the need for more electric charging points in our towns. I believe we should spend more time spreading better information about recycling to all schools and groups involving younger people. I believe the District and County Councils should give out better and more concise information to everyone on how our waste management works so as to improve recycling as much as we can. I very much support my colleague Cllr Jenny Fradgley on better infrastructure to include more cycle friendly routes in and around our towns. I will continue to do what I can to help.

I support the call-to-action associated with declaring a Climate Emergency. The opportunity presented as a District Councillor is to foster links between local business, non-governmental organisations and the district council to create change in Welcombe. I support the allocation of funding to advance the rate of decarbonisation of District Council assets. I also support, where applicable, the 33 actions suggested by Friends of the Earth:

I agree that the District Council declaring a Climate Emergency would give a powerful and a positive message to our community that something must be done. However, I believe it is also in taking practical measures that we will begin to change the serious problems we face.

If I were elected I would support and promote the Liberal Democrats’ long term commitment to action on climate change. I am sure that as a group and in consultation with the community we would find many new ideas but I would start with:

  • Focus on reducing and reusing, not just recycling

  • Looking at the use of alternative means of power. The Liberal Democrats proposals to extend electric car charging points to all district council car parks were voted down by the Conservatives in February 2019. I would want to revisit this. Councils should be positive on leading by example.

  • How could the Council help provide guidance to people on what they can do? Sometimes it is difficult for people to know where to start and what to do for the best. We could reverse the reductions to the grant for Act on Energy so they could continue providing information and advice to local communities on energy saving and conservation.

  • Recognise that lower income families, disabled, and other disadvantaged members of the community might find it harder to make changes than others – how could we support them?

  • Councils who have declared the Climate Emergency should act together to bring pressure to bear on the Government to change national policy.

I would support Stratford District Council declaring a climate change emergency and want them to consider all the measures suggested by Friends of the Earth.  
But that’s not really enough. The council have a responsibility as planners to reduce the damage to the land which is driving the greenhouse effect. A lot of building is now taking place on Class 1 and 2 arable land.  Developers are also being allowed to fell mature trees and grub up established hedgerows, both of which are irreplaceable in the short and medium term. This has got to stop.
We all have a personal part to play and councillors must lead by example as well as advice. Not only when on council business but also in their private lives they must “reduce, re-use, recycle” – with the emphasis on “reduce”, especially fossil fuel consumption.
As part of all this, there must be incentives for all residents to buy and produce locally.  The preservation of allotments is vital.
If elected, I would do all in my power to further these aims.
David Attenborough said we’ve 10 years to save the planet.  In the great scheme of things, that’s ten minutes. Greed has driven all of this, like it has driven the great divide between rich and poor.  We must all stop being greedy. 

I am absolutely 100% in favour of any action that protects our environment. I am particularly concerned about the rise in pollution in Wellesbourne.

I would endorse the comments made by my colleagues, Nigel Rock and Susan Juned.
Susan and I are both Board Members of Act on Energy, which I chair at the present time. AOE works to reduce energy comsumption in ordinary houses across various midland local authorities. 
From my own perspective, I would add two directions of travel. One, raise the priority of re-instating the rail link between Stratford and Honeybourne, to provide a route through Stratford into Birmingham from the South, with enhanced Parkway facilities. Two, raise awareness of the local impact of extreme weather events generated by climate change. We may have been so far spared heathland fire, but flooding locally is a great risk. More houses were flooded in Wellesbourne in the last two major incidents than in any other village in Warwickshire.

As the Green Party Candidate for Wellesbourne West, I fully support the climate emergency declaration.

We have so little time left to prevent a catastrophic rise in global temperature. It is vital we address this issue urgently.

As a long standing environmentalist I would seek to make substantial reductions to carbon emissions in the district.

As the Labour candidate for the Welford ward, I pledge to do everything I can to pusue the stated policies on climate reduction.