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Farnham Voice by Councillor John Neale. Published in the Farnham Herald on 2 September.

We all know that climate change is a prominent subject in the news, throughout the world. So, what should we be doing about it in Farnham and Waverley?

Well, in Farnham we have been conscious of the issues for some time; you will have seen our gas and electric powered vehicles around the town, used by our outside workforce. 

In the town hall we have phased out single use plastics and we encourage the local community to help us move away from plastic waste. 

This is clearly not enough, so we are now responding to national initiatives to declare a climate emergency and to take more positive steps. 

We want to urge our community to join in this mission, especially where the council can take a lead. Our partners in Surrey and Waverley councils have already responded; Surrey has passed a climate emergency motion, and Waverley will be putting a motion to an extraordinary meeting of the council in September. 

Farnham Town Council will be next in line with our own motion, co-ordinating with those of our partner councils. 

In all these councils that represent Farnham, we will be looking at those aspects we are each responsible for, so that we can maximise our efforts. 

Examples where we can make an impact include transport, improvements in the town centre, solar energy and house building standards. 

As we develop these topics, we will be looking for your assistance and informing you of our progress. Expect to see us contacting local organisations and, in particular, we will be engaging with our young people since it is their futures that we must be safeguarding. 

One of the great things about Farnham is the huge level of help we get from volunteers and the financial support of local businesses. You can see this everywhere, most visibly in the way we brighten up the town centre and neighbourhoods with flowers. 

The Farnham in Bloom projects are not just about beautification, they also provide the means by which we work with children, old people and those with special needs. It helps children to learn, it encourages people to get out and make new friends and it ensures we foster the feeling of community. 

At the same time, we always try to enhance the environment with projects relating to biodiversity, community farming and sustainability – such as the Farnham Repair Café. 

Recently we invited some of our volunteers and business sponsors to the town hall for a photo shoot. One of the photographs was taken outside the town centre Sainsbury’s supermarket where you can see plaques on the wall celebrating some of the people who have helped to make Farnham great. 

If you haven’t noticed, make sure you stop by when you are next in town and have a look at the famous names. 

By Councillor John Neale, Leader, Farnham Town Council Published in the Farnham Herald on 2 September 2019

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