17th Jan, 2021

'Close the Door' campaign could form part of climate emergency response

SHOPKEEPERS in Stratford could be urged to save energy by keeping their doors closed.

A motion to develop a ‘Close the Door Campaign’ has been proposed by councillors David Curtis and Nigel Rock as part of Stratford District Council’s response to the climate emergency.

The motion explained significant amounts of energy and cost were wasted by leaving doors open, and closing them reduced pollutant levels for shop staff.

It also said research showed keeping doors closed did not deter shoppers going in.

The motion will be put to a meeting of the ruling cabinet on Monday (January 13).

A final report on measures to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 in the district was also presented this week.

It listed a number of recommendations including electric or ultra-low emission taxis for the district, with a feasibility study proposed to begin this year, and improving insulation in district homes.

Other points included a tree planting programme proposed for autumn, a list of transport goals to be produced by spring, the introduction of a dedicated climate change officer and an annual climate change summit starting this year.

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