Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has declared a 'climate emergency' and will discuss potential actions across the parish.

Councillor Steven Neville told Thursday's parish council meeting the council would be following many other parish and town councils, as well as the National Association of Local Councils and Epping Forest District Council.

The parish is following parliament, Epping Forest District Council and countless town and parish councils up and down the country in declaring an emergency.

Cllr Neville said: “The proposal for a declaration is a first step we have now set up a working group to work on ideas and proposals. It was very heartening to see the overwhelming support of councillors for this measure and this puts Buckhurst Hill Parish Council in a good light.”

Among the measures that could be taken include looking at how energy-efficient the halls are, having articles in the parish magazine to encourage green lifestyles, whether or not their should be charging points on council owned land.

A council working party will investigate issues such as the possible installation of electric charging points and energy efficiency at its community halls.

Councillors will also consider matters which it can highlight to residents through its parish magazine, and look to work with the district council to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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