Residents invited to shape Lewes district's climate change strategy

Residents are being encouraged to take part in developing Lewes District Council's climate change and sustainability strategy from Monday (August 24).

A  programme of climate change engagement starts next week with people invited to have their say on seven key areas: energy and the built environment, sustainable transport and air quality, biodiversity, agriculture and food, reducing waste, water, circular economy and community wealth.

Information on getting involved is available at

Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: "We want people to give us their views so that we create a climate change strategy that is owned and driven by the community.

"We will be engaging with groups ranging from businesses to town and parish councils, and appreciate feedback from all interested parties."

Specialist advice will also be sought from the council's Sustainability Expert Panel and from the Community Climate Forum, that is being set up.

In July 2018, the council declared a Climate Emergency with a headline target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions and being climate-resilient by 2030 and supporting Lewes district towards achieving the same goal.

Since then, the council has been working hard to progress actions to tackle the Climate Emergency including developing a sustainability and climate change framework that focuses on engaging with our communities.

Councillor Bird added: "I know thousands of people in the district share the same concerns as I do about climate change. Together, with support from our communities, we will achieve our targets and make the difference that is needed."