New dates for Climate Emergency drop-ins

Rescheduled public events to discuss the creation of Somerset's first Climate Emergency Strategy have been confirmed.

The 'Have your say' drop-ins will take place in each District Council area in January and February, being run by the Somerset Climate Action Network (SCAN) on behalf of Somerset's four District Councils and the County Council.

Earlier this year, all five councils declared or recognised 'climate emergencies', agreeing to work together to produce a joint Climate Emergency Strategy. The strategy will identify ways for Somerset to work towards being carbon neutral by 2030 and adapt to predicted climate change impacts.

The events will be held on Saturdays, between 10am and 4pm at the following venues:There is No Planet B

  • 18 January, Somerset West and Taunton. The Glassbox, Taunton Library, Paul Street, TA1 3XZ.
  • 8 February, Sedgemoor District Council. The Sedgemoor Room, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR.
  • 15 February, Mendip District Council. The Council Chamber, Mendip District Council Offices, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT.
  • 22 February, South Somerset District Council. Vicarage Street Methodist Church, Vicarage Street, Yeovil, BA20 1JB.

Open to residents, businesses, groups and anyone with an interest, the drop-ins will be a chance to discuss the initial thoughts of the five councils set out in a 'framework' document.

They will be seeking feedback on whether the work so far focusses on the right areas, covers everything it should and whether there are actions that communities could take forward themselves. An online survey will also be available between 6 January and 19 February.

These events were initially due to take place before Christmas but have been rescheduled for the New Year due to the restrictions on local authority publicity and consultation in the run-up to elections.