Wiltshire Council has produced two draft strategies, relating to climate change and the wider natural environment. They are giving residents, businesses and local groups in the county the opportunity to have their say on their draft Climate Strategy, which covers seven delivery themes:

Built Environment
Green economy
Energy generation
Natural environment, food and farming
Carbon neutral council

It will help to shape the next five years of the council’s fight against climate change. At the same time, they will also be consulting on ‘Our Natural Environment Plan’ – A Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) Strategy for Wiltshire, which looks at the future for Wiltshire’s natural environmental assets and how the council can help protect and enhance them for the benefit of people and biodiversity.

From now until Sunday 17 October, people can view the draft strategies, attend webinars to find out more and respond through an online survey. Full details are available at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/climate. A hard copy of each strategy is available to view in every Wiltshire library, including mobile libraries. To respond, please complete the surveys at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/climate and www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-bio-green-blue-infrastructure by October 17th 2021.

Additionally, there will be a series of online and in-person events covering both strategies where people can find out more, and also ask questions. To join these events, people must sign up online in advance. The full schedule of engagement events is as follows:

  • Thursday 9th September, 6pm: Online launch event with Claire Perry O’Neill.
  • Wednesday 15th September, 10.30am-11.30am: First engagement webinar.
  • Thursday 30th September, 7pm-8pm: Second engagement webinar.

Library drop-in sessions will take place on:

  • Tuesday 14th September, 10am-12noon: Salisbury Library
  • Thursday 23rd September, 10am-12noon: Devizes Library
  • Monday 27th September, 10am-12noon: Chippenham Library
  • Thursday 7th October, 10am-12noon: Trowbridge Library

For more information about the Climate Strategy and to sign up for the online events see: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/climate

For more information about Our Natural Environment Strategy see: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-bio-green-blue-infrastructure