Climate Emergency Buckingham

Buckingham Town Council declared a Climate Emergency in July last year (2019).  Since then the Council has been busy investigating actions the Town Council can take, as well as looking for ways to work with partners to make a difference.

The Council has set the following objectives:

  1. Energy - to reduce energy demand, improve energy efficiency and convert to renewable, low or zero carbon technologies for energy and heat.
  2. Transport – to promote walking, cycling and public transport. Accelerating the move to Council owned electric vehicles.
  3. Food & Land - to promote sustainable land management, including tree planting to help absorb carbon & water.
  4. Economy, Housing & Waste – to support the local economy to ensure existing and new homes are climate resilient whilst reducing, re using and recycling materials and ongoing resources e.g. water
  5. Community Engagement - to engage local people in accelerating their own responses and building resilience to ongoing climate impacts.

The Council has already:

  • Replaced one vehicle with an electric van. This has proved a big success; with vehicles only moving within the town, this has reduced the use of diesel considerably, and also means we have a quiet vehicle to use in the cemetery when needed.
  • Updating the Town Council’s lights in Chandos Park with LED lights, reducing the power used
  • Plans are in place to install solar panels on the Buckingham Community Centre and Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre
  • Ensuring Town Council events are free of single-use plastics
  • A water bottle refill station will be installed in Chandos Park in April, thanks to funds given by Buckinghamshire County Council’s Local Area Forum to the Town Council

Each of the Council’s four committees has reviewed the Climate Emergency Action Plan and added actions within their remits. You can download  a copy of the Town Council's Action Plan here. The document will be regularly reviewed at Council Committees and updated with any action taken.

What can you do to help?

You can’t change everything but that doesn’t mean you can’t change something. Small changes can make a big difference! We are discussing climate change at each of our Council Committees and will formulate a Climate Change Action Plan

Follow, share and comment on our Facebook and Instagram pages @buckingham-tc
We would love to hear your views on tackling climate change Buckingham so please get in contact at:

Email: committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Phone: 01280 816426

Buckingham Town Council, Verney Close, Buckingham MK18 1JP

______________________________________________________________________

At Full Council on the 12th March 2018 Members unanimously agreed that “Buckingham Town Council to do all it can to encourage the Town of Buckingham, residents and businesses to reduce the use of single use plastics in Buckingham to assist with the reduction of the problems of plastic waste, that is impacting on our Environment and Oceans.” The Council immediately began phasing out the use of single use plastics products at all of its events, offices and community centres and has planned consultation with local businesses and market traders on how we can take the initiative forward.

Why is plastic problematic?

Plastic, in its current form, has only been around for the last 60-70 years, but in that time it has transformed everything from clothing, cooking and catering, to product design, engineering and retailing.

One of the great advantages of many types of plastic is that they’re designed to last – for a very very long time! The hard-wearing qualities of most plastics means that some items can take hundreds of years to biodegrade.

Did you know nearly all the plastic ever created still exists in some form today!?!

Scary facts about plastic pollution!

 The world is now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
 Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
 A plastic bag has an average ‘working life’ of 15 minutes – but could last 500 years.
 14% of all litter comes from beverage containers.
 Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

Source: Plastic Oceans

Buckingham Town Council is looking to:

Issue flyers to hirers of the Council’s Community Centres suggesting alternatives to using single-use plastic.

– Phase out single-use plastics from all Council run events offices and encourage Councillors and Office staff to use reusable water bottles, coffee takeaway cups etc

– Provide publicity giving tips on cutting personal and business plastic use

– Investigate participation in national schemes such as the Refill campaign.

We would love to hear residents’ views and suggestions on reducing single use plastic in Buckingham. Please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk if you have any comments, suggestions or would like to be involved in the Plastic Free Buckingham campaign.