Have your say on plans to make Peterborough one of the UK's most sustainable cities

Residents / 23 Jan 2017

People are being urged to have their say on two action plans that set out Peterborough's vision to live within the resources of one planet by 2050.

The first plan sets out environmental and sustainability targets for the city as a whole and the second plan focuses on activities that can be specifically be undertaken by Peterborough City Council.

The action plans are based on the internationally recognised concept of living within the resources of one planet; setting out a vision of a sustainable world where people lead happy and healthy lives within their fair share of the Earth's resources.

The plans are broken down into ten areas, each containing a vision to be achieved by 2050. Environmental targets include cutting carbon emissions, energy and water use, improving sustainable transport and increasing recycling. Other targets include creating a high skilled/low poverty economy and improving the health and well-being of residents.

The council, which has a leading role in the project, is urging residents and businesses to look at the plans and share their views as part of a consultation.

Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities and environment capital, said: "As well as being action plans to foster healthier and happier lives, they support economic prosperity and security for residents, helping to generate stronger, cohesive and supportive communities. Achieving this helps to improve the local environment and contributes to minimising and mitigating against the effects of climate change.

"We have already seen some fantastic achievements against the targets set in the original plan, so we want to push ourselves even further now.

"We need the support of the people of Peterborough if we are to achieve our ambition and this is another important step along that path."

Environmental targets for 2016 were initially set in 2014. These have now been revised following progress made to date with new targets put in place for 2020.

The areas which have seen the most significant successes include:

  • Zero Carbon Energy: CO2 emissions per person have reduced to 5.7 tonnes from 8.1 tonnes in 2005.
  • Land Use and Wildlife: 93,609 trees have been planted so far as part of the Forest for Peterborough project, far exceeding the 55,000 target.
  • Sustainable Transport: Over 1,300 pupils in the city have received Bikeability training each year since 2014.
  • Culture and Heritage: The number of people attending theatre performances in the city between April 2015 and March 2016 was 64,171, compared to 50,000 in 2013. The number of people attending arts events increased from 40,000 to 74,990 in the same period.
  • Equity and Economy: City wide unemployment reduced from 4,553 claimants in January 2014 down to 1,875 claimants at the end of March 2016.
  • Health and Wellbeing: The number of attendances in sport and physical activities provided by Vivacity has increased to 1,559,480 per annum as of March 2016 from 1,056,000 in 2014.

The draft Peterborough Environment Action Plan and questionnaire is available online.

Hard copies are available on request by contacting the Climate Change Team at environmentcapital@peterborough.gov.uk or on 01733 747474.

Comments must be submitted by Sunday 12th February. If you have any queries, please contact the Environment Strategy Team using the details above.