Climate Change

Climate Change Resolution
 

On 11th July 2019 Lindfield Parish Council passed the following resolution:

Lindfield Parish Council acknowledges that climate change is a serious issue. Lindfield Parish Council has already taken steps to mitigate against climate change and will continue to do so. The council will seek to keep up to date with advice from its regional and national associations regarding climate change and the role that local authorities can play. The council will consider this at its first Environment and Amenities meeting where it will be discussed fully. The council, where possible, will consider climate change alongside other factors when decision making. The council will seek to help residents, through educational means, to reduce their carbon footprint.

This resolution was developed following a presentation on climate change by Fairer World Lindfield (click here for Facebook link) at the Annual Parish Meeting in May 2019. 

 

Climate Change Action Plan

Lindfield Parish Council is pleased to announce that it has adopted a Climate Change Action Plan, which commits to helping tackle the environmental emergency at a local level. A copy of the Plan can be found by clicking here.

 

Climate Change Working Group

On 14th November 2019, Full Council agreed to the formation of the Climate Change Working Group. Councillor Wood chairs the Working Group, which also includes Councillors Grace, and Wilson. Additionally, the Parish Clerk assists the Working Group.

The terms of reference for the Climate Change Working Group are:
• Consider how best the Council can meet its Climate Change policy objectives.
• Provide the E&A Committee and Full Council with regular updates.
• Provide updates and advice for the local community.
• Obtain quotes for any projects/ideas.
• Propose future & ideas that could be included in a business plan / future budgets.
• Subject to Committee and/or Full Council approval implement projects/ideas.
• Monitor effectiveness of any implement projects/ideas.
• Liaise with third parties.
 

Action taken undertake so far

The following work has been undertaken:
• Passing a Climate Change Resolution.
• Implementing a Climate Change Policy Document.
• Passing a tree policy for trees on Parish Council owned land.
• Signing the Tree Charter and supporting its objectives ( https://treecharter.uk/ ).
• Installing wildlife boxes on the Denmans Lane allotments & Wilderness Field.
• The Working Group holds regular meetings and is working with other local authorities to explore and promote local Climate Change initiatives.
• Working Group members regularly take part in third party events.
• Agree to plant additional trees on the Wilderness Field and Denmans Lane allotment site.
• Produce articles in Lindfield Life promoting the policy, its objectives, and the work of the community.
• Contributed financially towards Fairer World Lindfields virtual screening of the film 2040
 

April 2021 - update 

The Climate Change Action Plan objectives for 2021/22 were agreed upon by the Environment & Amenities Committee (8th April 2021). An updated version of the Climate Change Action Plan will be published shortly.

Members of the Climate Change Working Group have been involved in the 'Keep Lindfield Tidy' campaign:  

Lindfield Parish Council is pleased to be working alongside Colin McFarlin to help keep Lindfield tidy. Colin McFarlin is a volunteer Waste Prevention Advisor with West Sussex County Council. You may also have seen his regular monthly column in Lindfield Life. Lindfield is fortunate to have an excellent selection of coffee shops that offer takeaway drinks. We are keen for residents and visitors to support these businesses.
If you do buy a takeaway coffee, please help keep the village tidy:
1) Take your waste home and recycle it. Did you know that if you put your used coffee cup in the litter bins around Lindfield, then it cannot be recycled? If you take it home, clean and dry, you can then recycle in your kerbside blue top recycling bin. The lid as well! Are you going to create rubbish or recycle?
2) Ask the retailer if they can recycle the takeaway coffee cup once it has been used. For example, Lindfield Coffee Works are running a scheme for their customers where you can return your used coffee cup to be recycled. More information on this scheme can be found on page 14 of last month’s issue of Lindfield Life.
3) If you cannot take your waste home or return it to where you purchased it from, then please squash it before placing it in the litter bin. Stamp out litter.
This is the message we will be promoting throughout Lindfield.
We will be working with volunteer groups, such as Love Lindfield (www.facebook.com/lovelindfield), to Keep Lindfield Tidy. We have also approached local businesses and look forward to working together with them on this issue.
Remember think before you throw. Waste costs whereas recycling earns. Once something goes in the rubbish bin there is a cost attached to collecting and disposing of it. Over a year, a typical household wastes 59kg of recycling by putting it in the wrong bin. Recycling saves money that could be spent on other public services. 
Mid Sussex District Council are responsible for the collection of waste in Mid Sussex, including all public litter bins. Mid Sussex District Council owns the bins on Lindfield Common & Hickmans Lane playground. Lindfield Parish Council provides bins in other areas within the village. More information on waste and recycling in West Sussex Can be found at: www.westsussex.gov.uk/land-waste-and-housing/waste-and-recycling/recycling-and-waste-prevention-in-west-sussex/
If you have a question for Colin on our campaign, or would like to be involved, please email: climate@lindfieldparishcouncil.gov.uk


How you can become involved

We want to work with the local community including local groups, businesses, and other councils, to raise awareness of climate and sustainability-related issues, share good practices and identify actions we can implement in Lindfield. We would welcome any interested residents or local businesses to contact us if you would like to become involved or have any ideas which you would like us to consider. Ideas can be submitted by the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BPPDSZJ

 

One of our aims is to seek to encourage Lindfield based businesses to be environmentally sustainable. Alongside this, we would like to encourage residents to make changes in their behaviours to be more carbon neutral. This will include promoting encouraging recycling, re-use, and repair as well as walking and cycling as leisure activities. The Challenge to live differently - Have you thought about how you could make an action that could help the environment? Here are some suggestions:

• Commit to recycling more.
• Try to re-use rather than dispose of items.
• Commit to using your car less.
• Buy from environmentally friendly businesses.
• Grow more of your food.

The Climate Change Working Group can be contacted using the following email address: climate@lindfieldparishcouncil.gov.uk