CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATING MEASURES ADVOCATED BY STRETTON CLIMATE CARE
B.1. Encourage building owners and occupiers to improve energy efficiency standards of their properties to improve energy Net Zero Emissions where practicably possible, in consultation with relevant organisations such as the Marches energy agency and Stretton Climate Care. This will include:
improvements to insulation
improvements to space heating to eliminate fossil fuel use
improvements to appliances and equipment
installation of renewable energy and battery systems where feasible.
Support and sign posting to expert advice and incentive schemes should be made available. Where there are householders in fuel poverty and/or need of financial support further sign posting should be available to relevant agencies. Priority should be given to insulating all lofts and cavity walls by 2025 followed by the insulation of all solid walls as far as possible in the period up to 2030.
B.2. Encourage all building owners and occupiers to switch to 100% renewable electricity suppliers.
B.3. Recommend Shropshire Council to provide more positive guidance and incentives for buildings in Conservation Areas to achieve Net Zero Emissions.
B.4. Ensure that new owners and occupiers are made aware of these policies before they embark upon other changes to properties to enable energy efficiency measures to be incorporated.
B.5. Explore the potential for a District Heating Scheme based on the swimming pool.
T.1. Carry out an audit of home working and shopping.
T.2. Encourage an early takeup of electric vehicles (both cars and vans) by providing electric vehicle charging points on streets where residents have no off street parking provision.
T.3. Explore the potential for Park and Ride, Bus/Rail interchange near to the junction of Sandford Avenue/A.49.
T.4. Significantly reduce car traffic entering Cardingmill Valley by introducing a Park and Ride scheme alongside the Proposal in T.3.
T.5. Improve the pedestrian environment in the town centre, particularly in High Street, The Square and possibly the upper part of Sandford Avenue.
T.6. Provide additional cycle parking at the main entrances to the town centre and develop dedicated or dual use cycle routes in and around Church Stretton.
T.7. Bus services should be enhanced by:
Increasing frequency and period of operation
Providing an on demand service for local residents and also frequent services from outlying villages into Church Stretton.
Re-instating the Sunday services to Shrewsbury and Ludlow.
T.8. Encourage Network Rail to electrify the railway line in a co-ordinated way.
T.9. Discourage highways England from adopting measures to divert traffic from the motorway network on to the A49.
T.10. Encourage the creation of a Transport Group (on the Ludlow model) to work at transport issues in a co-ordinated way.
3. AGRICULTURE & OTHER RURAL LAND
A.1. Under the heading “Food for the Future”, explore the issues in this section in the forums which bring together local farmers with the AONB, the National Trust and other bodies, and help to inform the public of their thinking, of their proposals to move towards Net Zero Emissions, and of the local implications of the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).
A.2. Build a positive working relationship with local farmers through the active promotion of local produce.
A.3. Encourage people to consider growing their own food, and changing their diets and shopping habits to reduce food miles and benefit environmentally responsible producers.
A.4. Seek support for a scheme to enable others to use large underused gardens for growing produce.
A.5. Appraise the outcome of the national study on the management of Commons and hose this might result in reductions in greenhouse gas emissions locally and/or offsetting carbon sequestration through tree planting or other actions.
A.6. Promote all possible ways of reducing food waste.
A.7. Explore ways of increasing the links between schools and young people with agriculture.
4. WASTE MANAGEMENT
WM.1. Encourage waste reduction measures locally including:
Choosing products with less or no packaging.
Choosing products with longer life or that can be repaired and/or have batteries that can be replaced.
Initiating a Repair Club.
Encourage the reuse of unwanted products and packaging rather than recycling or disposing of them.
WM.2. Encourage the further reduction of food waste by households, businesses and other organisations by:
Reviewing use of Best Before dates
Ensuring refrigerators are running at cooler than 5 degrees.
Freezing and/or cooking food that is approaching its Use By or Best Before date.
Commercial establishments reducing the range of products sold or on the menu if this is leading to waste.
WM.3 Encourage householders and businesses to ensure that food waste goes through the appropriate waste management process ensuring that it is kept out of landfill or incineration.
WM.4. Continue to encourage the reduction in plastic packaging and in particular plastic packaging that cannot be easily re-cycled.
WM.5. Replace street waste bins in busy areas with dual or triple bins separating out waste that can be recycled.
WM.6. Encourage local retailers not to sell products in Tetra packs or similar composite materials unless they provide local arrangements for recycling.
WM.7. Encourage an increase in home composting locally with groups of neighbours helping householders as appropriate.
WM.8. Where necessary encourage Shropshire Council to increase the enforcement of littering and illegal waste tipping and dog waste and increase street cleansing frequency where necessary
WM.9. Encourage Severn Trent Water to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their waste water reclamation works.
M.1. Encourage managers of land, properties and infrastructure to carry out regular inspections of their condition and carry out any remedial measures promptly.
M.2. Urge Shropshire Council to gain funding to review and/or implement the Surface Water Flood Management plan published in 2011.
M.3. The planting and retention of deciduous trees and the installation of external sun blinds should be encouraged for those properties at risk of summer over-heating.
M.4. Encourage measures to reduce water use at times of drought by use of grey water for non-drinking purposes, the increase use of water butts and larger rainwater storage and water saving appliances and taps. Encourage planting which can tolerate drought conditions.