Council Sustainability Strategy lacks ambition
Commenting later, Simon Hicks continued "Even before the pandemic the recycling rate in Mid Sussex was flatlining, although clearly Covid-19 has had an impact and I am pleased the long-promised food waste collection service continues to be prioritised for implementation. However, the strategy also included a commitment to have delivered a Burgess Hill to Haywards Heath Cycle Route by June 2021, and this is also not now feasible in that timescale, with a specific route yet to be even identified.
Whilst the Council agreed in 2019 to support government strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, it did not set specific targets of its own, and my own amendment at the time which declared a climate emergency and challenged the Council to achieve carbon neutral status by 2030 was voted down by the Conservative administration. Given the County Council has already declared its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 this was particularly disappointing.