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Council renews its commitment to sustainability

Cabinet councillors at Eastbourne Borough Council have reinforced the authority’s commitment to environmental principles by adopting a new sustainability policy and setting aside £25,000 for a feasibility study into new energy generation.

These steps follow a raft of council initiatives including the installation of more than 400 solar panels, a programme of tree planting throughout the borough, support for bee-friendly planting, proposals to expand the electric vehicle charge point network, a reduction of single use plastics in council offices and backing for the free drinking water campaign ‘Refill’.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Member for Place Services, said: “We have undertaken a range of work to support sustainability goals over the years and I’m proud of our achievements in this area.

“By adopting this policy, we are confirming our commitment to build upon these successes and ensure that environmental considerations are at the core of all our actions.”

Cabinet also agreed to commission a study into whether a business case exists for the use of the latest sustainable energy technology at the new leisure centre that will replace the existing Sovereign Centre.

Councillor Dow added: “This study could produce huge environmental benefits as it will assess the potential to provide clean energy for the new Sovereign Leisure Centre, reduce high electrical costs, and the possibility of generating excess power to sell to other users.”

The feasibility study will be project managed by Clear Futures, a procurement and delivery framework that is used for developing long-term solutions to sustainability challenges. It was developed by Eastbourne Borough Council, Lewes District Council, AECOM and Robertson.

Published 13 December, 2018