A Dorset councillor has called for the council to set an earlier date for achieving carbon neutral status. Cllr Beryl Ezzard wants the authority to meet that target in 2030, instead of 2040.
Cllr Ray Bryan oversees Dorset Council’s climate emergency strategy. He has questioned whether ratepayers would be ‘willing to pay a considerable increase in their current council tax, which would be many millions’, to achieve the goal quicker.
Cllr Bryan said the council’s strategy had been well-supported following recent consultation, but he advised that the climate emergency wasn’t a priority for all locals. The council’s resident survey ranked climate change at ninth place in a list of fifteen issues that ratepayers consider to be important. He says it has slipped down two places since last year’s survey.