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Councils Begin Axing Climate Change Schemes Due To Economic Crisis

Richmond Council has defended its green credentials after proposing to get rid of its climate change policy. Eco-suporters branded the council “short-sighted” after it emerged the climate change strategy, aimed at minimising CO2 emissions in the borough, could soon be scrapped.

However, Councillor Virginia Morris, cabinet member for environment and planning, this week stressed Richmond Council had not turned its back on being green but had to prioritise spending because of economic restraints.

She said: “We are focusing on recycling. We are focusing on what matters to people.

“Not only are we saving the environment [by recycling] but the less we put in landfill the more money we save [in landfill tax].”

The plans were revealed in an “information only” paper received by the council’s environment and sustainability overview and scrutiny committee at the end of last month.

The document suggested the borough would limit its fight against carbon emissions to comply only with Government legislation.

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