COUNCILLORS in South Ribble have declared a Climate Emergency to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Cllr Ken Jones, chair of the Licencing and Public Safety Committee and Member Champion for Air Quality who put forward the Notice of Motion at last week's council meeting.

His motion argued there was an 'immediate danger to health and well-being of residents'.

It added: "To combat this threat, the Council sets a goal of rendering the borough carbon neutral by the year 2030. For avoidance of doubt, this goal means the borough shall produce no net carbon emissions by this date, taking into account of actions that have the effect of removing carbon from the environment.”

Now, a working group on the Climate Emergency will incorporate the Council’s existing Air Quality Action Plan into its wider plans and also propose further measures in pursuit of its goals.

Cllr Susan Jones, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “It’s vital that we as a council do what we can to tackle the dangerous levels of pollution in our borough.

“We have a duty to all of our residents to ensure they can live happily and safely in South Ribble and this is just the start.

“We have set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2030 but we can’t do this alone. We all have a part to play and we need the help and support from all across the community; our businesses and our residents. Saving the environment is a responsibility for all of us and only by working together we can make a difference.”

Councillor Paul Foster, leader of South Ribble Borough Council said: “This is a global issue and on a local scale South Ribble sees daily the negative effects of poor air quality and increased carbon emissions.

“I’m thrilled we as a council have declared this Climate Emergency. By doing so we can ensure that tackling dangerous carbon emissions are at the forefront of our agenda.

“The Standing Working Group can now begin to develop and implement measures to make improvements to our environment and to more importantly, monitor those measures to make sure we stay on track to reach our goal being carbon neutral by 2030.

“We want to move forward now positively and actively encourage our residents, young people and businesses to work with us to reach this ambitious goal.

“The Council are driving this forward but we can’t do this alone.

"We need to work together to take action and make a difference. I can’t wait to see how we progress.”