Climate change to be at heart of Hertfordshire County Council decision-making

The practice will be reviewed after 12 months

Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 9:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 9:56 am

Climate change and sustainability are to be put at the heart of decision-making at Hertfordshire County Council.

Members of the county council unanimously backed the declaration of a climate emergency last July (2019).

And on Monday (October 19) it was agreed that ANY proposal considered by county councillors should now include a section dedicated to its climate change and sustainability implications.

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Presenting the proposal, deputy council leader Cllr Teresa Heritage said the section would make council officers think about the implications of what they were suggesting.

And, she said, it would also ensure councillors were considering the impact of their decision making on all matters related to sustainability.

The climate change and sustainability implications will now be referenced in all cabinet panel reports requiring a decision. And the practice will be reviewed after 12 months.

Welcoming the move, executive member for public health and prevention Cllr Tim Hutchings said: “I think this will really challenge us. I think it is a brave move. I think it’s the right move and I support it entirely with great enthusiasm.”

And council leader Cllr David Williams said: “I like to think we are at the vanguard on this.

The idea – initially suggested to a meeting of the full council in February – was also backed by a meeting of the performance and resources cabinet panel, on Friday (September 4).