16 July 2019

At last night’s committee meeting our agenda included discussion on:

• How Swale Borough Council’s operations can become Carbon Neutral by 2025 - there were big ideas as well as simple measures, including changing the council offices’ light fittings to low voltage LEDs and improving the heating system

• How tree planting in Swale can be funded and increased in urban as well as rural areas

• How Green Councillors can work with the existing Swale Green Grid Partnership – Green Grid Strategy & Biodiversity Action Plan - to improve biodiversity and the local environment. This is a partnership of Swale Borough Council, Natural England, Groundwork Kent and Medway, Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Kent Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency, which our Green Councillors hope to develop and move forward

• Strategies to improve air quality in the Air Quality Management Areas along the A2, including planting of trees and deep cleaning, but, most importantly, restriction and control of the most polluting vehicles in these areas

• How the ideas generated in our last Open Discussion Meeting can be used and developed in Swale

We also discussed our election strategies for the snap election rumoured to be coming in October, and future local elections. If you would like to get involved in our campaign at the next election, you don’t have to come to meetings, please contact Timvalentine@greenparty.org.uk

Our next meeting will be an open discussion meeting on 16th September with, we hope, an exciting **Special Guest*** to be announced!