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Stamford Climate Action Group lists people's priorities after survey

A new climate action group has come up with a list of priorities for Stamford, helped by a survey.

For the 200 people who completed the Stamford Town Council Climate Action Group survey, the priorities were:

  1. Tree planting and creating wild flower verges
  2. Reducing single-use plastic
  3. Public recycling bins throughout the town
  4. Bicycle lanes
  5. Electric car charging facilities in town
  6. Park and ride
  7. Drinking fountains in the town

Respondents varied in age from under 18 to 60-plus and their answers highlight their concerns about climate change and its impact on our local community.

When questioned if they thought there was anything in particular that the action group should be doing, there was concern expressed about the amount of traffic in the town.

The safety of pedestrians and cyclists and the traffic’s negative impact on air quality were all mentioned.

The survey showed that, with improved facilities for cyclists, people would be more willing to leave their cars at home and cycle into town.

According to the group, the data demonstrates that Stamfordians of all ages want to see positive eco changes to their town and are willing to adapt their lifestyle in various ways, such as using less plastic and walking or cycling

As reported in last week’s Mercury, a recent survey by the Connect Stamford group , which gathered 300 responses, showed that people responding wanted changes to support walking and cycling in and around Stamford, including the creation of a ‘ green wheel ’ that provides signposted routes for people to follow.

Initiatives currently being considered by the Climate Action Group include:

  • Water fountains in the town centre
  • Wildflower verges
  • Green days where people are encouraged to walk or cycle into town

The Climate Action Group meets monthly and consists of town councillors, district councillors and county councillors together with interested individuals and organisations, such as Plastic-Free Stamford and Sustainable Stamford.

The next meeting if the Climate Action Group will be on Wednesday, September 2 at 6pm and anyone wishing to be involved or kept informed, should get in touch with the town clerk on 01780 753808 or e-mail townclerk@stamfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

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