Planet Shaftesbury has responded to Dorset Council’s climate emergency strategy.
David Brown from the local environmental group encourages us to read and reply to the document. he says the proposals will have ‘far-reaching consequences’.
Seventeen members of Planet Shaftesbury collaborated to offer their feedback as part of the council’s consultation. The local group say they are grateful to the local authority for overcoming political hurdles and putting a significant amount of work into their proposals.
Planet Shaftesbury says that the strategy is easy to read, and they applaud the use of clear infographics, but they’d like the words to commit to faster action. Dorset Council intends becoming carbon neutral in its own work by 2040, ten years before the UK target. Planet Shaftesbury wants that goal achieved in nine years.
The council recognises the importance of eco-tourism in their strategy, but Planet Shaftesbury feels that proposals to remove trees from the ancient woodland on Dinah’s Hollow contradict that. And the group believe the proposed strategy must reference the largest onshore oil field in western Europe, at Wytch farm at Purbeck.