Climate and environment
Horsham District Council is committed to taking practical steps to tackle climate change.
In June 2019, the Council confirmed its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and working towards the target of becoming carbon neutral.
We agree that there is growing public concern in the face of recent dire warnings from the World Scientific community that we are facing a wide range of environmental issues including a climate emergency. These concerns include matters such as pollution of the oceans, climate change, single-use plastics, disposal of waste, air pollution, deforestation and biodiversity loss and we support action to tackle these matters.
This council has an excellent record of dealing with environmental matters, particularly in the area of waste, recycling and biodiversity and we shall be developing and auditing the council’s activities to see what further practical changes we can implement in the form of a plan to reflect best environmental practice and work towards a net zero carbon target. We acknowledge that we shall need to continue with public engagement and involvement and that resources will be required to underpin and support new initiatives that we undertake.
Full Council meeting, June 2019
Our Corporate Plan 2019-23 prioritises our environmental actions as we continue to move to a low-carbon future. Our actions relating to environmental issues are:
- Prioritised protection of the environment and increased biodiversity.
- Undertake a carbon audit to understand the Council’s current carbon footprint.
- Produce an action plan to move towards a carbon neutral organisation.
- Work with partners towards becoming a carbon neutral District.
- Continue to work with residents to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
- Continue to work to reduce fuel poverty.
- Investigate working with landowners and partners to develop a plan to improve the ecology and biodiversity of the District.
- Work with our communities and partners to monitor air quality and target improvement of our air quality management areas.
- Improve the ecology, wildlife and biodiversity of our parks, open spaces and countryside
- Embed biodiversity into our planning policies for a sustainable built environment which delivers net biodiversity gains and protects the natural environment.
- Work in partnership with local communities, parish and neighbourhood councils to promote Adopt a Street to help provide clean and tidy environments.
- Invest in our enforcement programme to reduce fly-tipping and other environmental crimes.
- Protect our trees and ancient woodland and work with Sussex Wildlife Trust to review our natural environment and how we can enhance it.
- Improved award-winning parks and open spaces.
- Prepare management plans to guide investment in our parks and open spaces.
- Promote our parks and open spaces as great places to visit.
- Inspire the next generation to enjoy our open spaces by providing new and exciting play areas and opportunities for play.
- Minimise waste, increase re-use and recycling.
- Increase recycling rates to above 55%.
- Work with other West Sussex councils to develop a strategy for dealing with food waste
- Continue to develop our existing re-use service.
- Investigate the introduction of kerbside collection of textiles and electrical goods
- Our revised Local Plan will plan for communities where people can live, work and prosper. New homes will meet the needs of a full range of households in a low carbon world.
- Our built and natural environments are high valued and will be well managed to keep our District an attractive place to live.
- New development should sit well with the natural environment and be recognised for its quality by the local community and through industry awards.
Building on our work
A summary of the work already underway is set out below:
Electric charging points
Parks and open spaces
Helping residents reduce their energy bills
Refill Horsham District
Moving towards a cared for environment
We are already implementing the priorities in the Corporate Plan 2019-23. Some of this work is set out below and we will share updates as the work progresses.