Climate change

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Here at Keighley Town Council we are serious about addressing the issue of climate change. As a Civic Authority our primary role is to promote active citizenship and community pride. We believe that reducing global warming is everyone’s responsibility and that the best way to help local people to make a difference is to set practical examples of good practice and support activities that involve local people in taking direct action to reduce their own carbon footprints.

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We have been committed to the creation of a cleaner greener world since declaring a climate change emergency in July 2019. We want everyone to get involved and to make some small changes that collectively make a big difference.

Keighley Town Council is currently working directly with local people and a range of partners to implement a number of projects in the community. Our aim is to significantly increase the number of trees planted within the Keighley Town Council area of benefit and create more wildlife habitats and conservation areas. We want to encourage people to leave the car at home and explore the local environment, create more community-managed urban green spaces and increase the number of allotments available for community use.

As we work towards obtaining our Sustainable Renewable Energy Certification, we have put in place a range of measures to address Climate Change. This includes making significant improvements to the Civic Hall. Heating and lighting has been replaced by energy efficient systems, recycling bins are provided at key points in the building and low energy “bio hand dryers” have been installed in our toilet facilities.

We have implemented a policy of paper free committee meetings and wherever possible use recycled materials for project and publicity materials. Groups and organisations wishing to work with and/or be supported by the Council will now be required to embed climate change considerations within their own activities and project proposals. This will also be detailed in future contractual arrangements.

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Future reports to Committees and Full Council will include details of any direct or indirect Climate Change implications. If you want to know more about our commitment to the community check out The Keighley Town Plan which can be found on our web site https://keighley.gov.uk