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Climate emergency declared by town council

PUBLISHED: 17:08 13 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:08 13 November 2019

Dereham Town Council has declared a climate emergency. Picture: Archant

Dereham Town Council has declared a climate emergency. Picture: Archant

A town council has joined others across the region in declaring a climate change emergency.

The motion to declare a climate emergency was tabled by Dereham town councillor Amy-Jane Brooks. Picture: Dereham Town CouncilThe motion to declare a climate emergency was tabled by Dereham town councillor Amy-Jane Brooks. Picture: Dereham Town Council

Dereham Town Council (DTC) made the decision at its full council meeting on Tuesday (November 12) night after the matter was put forward by councillor Amy-Jane Brooks.

The council now intends to set up a working group to oversee measures and strategies that can be implemented in the local area.

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Among its early considerations are switching to zero carbon energy suppliers and making council buildings as close to carbon-neutral as is reasonably possible.

DTC would make decisions on a case-by-case basis when it comes to assessing the financial implications of improving its energy efficiency.

In September, Breckland became the second Norfolk authority to officially declare a state of climate emergency, following the example set by North Norfolk District Council back in April.

Last week, Broadland Council failed to declare a climate emergency following a heated debate which saw councillors disagree over plans to slash emissions and achieve zero carbon by 2044.

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