Vale of White Horse Climate Emergency Advisory Committee meeting

Released on October 11, 2019

The Vale Climate Emergency Advisory Committee is set to meet for the first time at 6pm on Tuesday 15 October. 

The politically balanced committee meeting is open for anyone to attend and, chaired by Cllr David Grant, members will discuss recommendations on targets to becoming carbon neutral. 

The committee will discuss three recommendation options:

  1. To become a carbon neutral council. This could help the council to lead by example and is consistent with targets set by other councils across Oxfordshire, allowing for partnership working.
  2. To become a carbon neutral council ‘plus’ - this pledge goes further than option one and extends the reach of the council to respond to local and national trends and projects.
  3. To become a carbon neutral district with an aspiration to secure the sustainability of the district’s future, which could put the area at the forefront of climate change policy and innovation. 

Cllr Grant said, “We’re in the middle of a climate emergency and urgently need to identify action to tackle it. We want our residents to get involved in helping the committee make recommendations to Cabinet and welcome people’s views on the opportunities ahead of us.  If people would like to speak at the beginning of the meeting, they can register in advance and all are welcome to come along to watch.” 

If you’d like to email your views or ideas, you can email the committee via  

For those interested in speaking at the beginning of the committee meeting, please email by 5pm on 14 October.    

Anyone wanting to come along to observe, can come to reception at the district council offices at 135 Eastern Avenue on Milton Park. 

Once the committee meeting has taken place, their recommendation will be made to Cabinet members to discuss. 

Notes to editors 

The committee is a politically balanced group of 7 councillors and meets in public to advise the council’s Cabinet on matters relating to the climate emergency. 

The committee will research ways in which the council can contribute to national and countywide targets on climate and ecological issues and identify sources of external funding relating to the climate emergency. 

The council declared a climate emergency at a council meeting in February 2019. 

This new committee will make recommendations on how the council can set a course for the district to help tackle the global and local environment through its policies and practices. It would also aim to work with, advise and influence partner organisations.

You can see the full agenda and information for the meeting here