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Council asks for community support to shape the Climate and Nature Strategy for Cumberland

Cumberland Council is asking for your views to help shape the first climate and nature strategy which reflects the priorities in the Council Plan.

Drawing on insights from previous work and existing programmes Cumberland Council has prepared a Climate and Nature draft strategy.

Building on the success of the Community Panels the council is connecting the Climate and Nature draft strategy to this format, which will provide an opportunity to link actions to the places that matter most to our communities, their neighbourhoods, villages, and towns. So far, the panels have offered over £40,000 in funding to organisations for projects that will make a difference to climate and nature by:

  • Improving access and biodiversity
  • Providing outdoor learning sessions and community activities
  • Providing energy efficiency measures in community buildings and supporting community hubs
  • Protecting and conserving red squirrels
  • Enabling a future play area and community orchard
  • Supporting a safe cycleway and cycle parking
  • Providing healthy lunches in warm spots during winter months
  • Providing gardening and cooking equipment for community groups

In addition, much work and strong support has been given to the Towns Fund works of Cleator Moor and Millom which have important elements that improve the environment and health of people in the area.

To help have your say on the draft strategy, please complete the online survey, which will take approximately five minutes and it is open now, and will close on Monday 20 May at noon.

Cumberland Councillor Bob Kelly, Executive Member for Cumberland Policy and Regulatory Services, said:

“We are encouraging residents and businesses to participate with this consultation, so that we can ensure the Climate and Nature Strategy includes input and feedback from everyone. Many of the previous actions have become ‘business as usual’ and we want to sustain this positive progress through service planning; the goal is sustainability for the long term.

“We have also been busy creating the right operating model and delivering programmes and projects that will make a difference.

“Our draft strategy will outline our overall approach and programmes of work for 2024-2027, and we look forward to reading all of the public’s responses.”

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