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Climate emergency and new cycle trails on the agenda at first full council meeting of 2020

The climate emergency, and the creation of a network of new cycle and walking trails across Cornwall were on the agenda at Lys Kernow today.

Cornwall Council was one of the first local authorities to declare a climate emergency in January 2019, with the aim of making the Duchy carbon-neutral by 2030, ahead of the Government’s target of 2050.

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In a speech to the first full meeting of the authority of 2020, Cllr Julian German, leader of the council, told members that good progress has already been made, but much more remained to do.

He highlighted three key areas where progress had been made, namely the Forest for Cornwall, the creation of a climate change development plan document, and a retro-fit programme for council-owned social housing.

There have already been 50,000 trees planted as part of the forest programme, with schools and communities getting involved in planting on both private and council-owned land.

Cllr German also thanked the Woodland Trust for their support on the innovative scheme.  He also highlighted talks that have already taken place between the council and other local authorities to draw up a plan to ensure future developments across Cornwall are more energy-efficient and focussed on the environment.

He told members:  “I hope that you agree with me that we have made good progress in a year; but there is a fantastic amount more to do and we can only move towards net carbon neutral with all of us; residents, communities, the council and the Government working together.”

Also on the agenda at the meeting were the creation of four new cycle and walking routes across Cornwall, which will be known as the ‘Saints Trails’.

The project will not only provide greater access to the glorious Cornish countryside, but will also encourage people to get out of their cars and to use alternative means of transport to travel across Cornwall.

The plans for the trails were approved unanimously by councillors.

You can watch the proceedings from today’s meeting on our webcast, which will be available on the council’s website for the next six months,

Posted January 21, 2020