The Committee considered a report on a draft
Environmental Sustainability Strategy for the City of Worcester
2020-2030 presented by the Environmental Sustainability
Officer. The draft strategy document
was attached as Appendix 1 to the report.
A Notice of Motion to Full Council on
16th July 2019 was agreed to ‘Declare a Climate
Emergency for the City’, full details of the agreed Notice of
Motion as outlined in paragraph 2.1 of the report.
On 29th October 2019 the
Environment Committee agreed to support the proposals for
establishing a steering group to work with Officers to develop the
draft strategy document for consideration by the Environment
Committee in January 2020 and to review the terms of reference of
the steering group at its January 2020 meeting.
The steering group, comprised of the Chair and
Vice Chair of the Environment Committee and a Member from the Green
Party, who had met twice over the course of November and December
to assist with the development of the strategy and to give advice
The Committee’s attention was drawn to
the draft strategy document, at Appendix 1 attached to the report,
which identified the six key themes which the strategy is
The next stage of the development of the
strategy will be a public consultation exercise between February
and April. The results of the
consultation will be considered by the steering group and
recommendations for a final version of the strategy will be
submitted to Environment Committee in May 2020.
It is recommended that an enabling budget of
100,000, in order to initiate work on delivering the agreed
strategy during 2020/21, would need to be provided.
The proposed terms of reference for the
steering group were set out in paragraph 3.13 of the report.
Members commended the Environmental
Sustainability Officer on the document and fully supported the
RESOLVED: That the
1. endorse the draft
Environmental Sustainability Strategy as the basis for public
consultation and engagement with stakeholders and other interested
2. notes the proposed
timetable and approach to consultation with the presentation of the
finalised Strategy being referred to the Committee in May 2020 for
3. agrees the terms of
reference for the member steering group as set out in this report;
4. recommends to Policy and
Resources Committee that an enabling budget is allocated in the
2020/21 budget as detailed within this report.