At its meeting on 17th October 2019, the Town Council established a Climate Change Working Group with the purpose of: ‘Considering the climate change situation in the town and bringing forward recommendations for climate change actions/amelioration measures; reporting back at 3, 6 & 9 months.’
On receipt of the Climate Change Working Group’s report presented at 20th August 2020 Full Council meeting, Seaford Town Council declared a climate emergency, identifying the Town Council’s recognition of the climate and environment crisis facing the world.
The Town Council has since been working with local community groups and volunteers to help lead the community through climate change and spread the importance of taking action.
Climate Day 1st August 2021 –
A successful Climate Day was held, in partnership with Seaford Environmental Alliance (SEA), on 1st August 2021. The day showcased how many different groups and organisations within the town are helping to tackle climate change within Seaford.
This event has enabled the Town Council’s Climate Change Working Group to identified further actions for the future, including methods to educate residents as to how to get involved and do their bit to tackle climate change.
Seaford Head Golf Course –
A lot of good work is taking place on the golf course as part of the Town Council’s commitments to ‘Operation Pollinator’, including beehives, wildflowers and maintenance (safe maintenance without pesticides) that encourages a diversity of ecology and wildlife.
There is also a borehole fully operational, which has drastically reduced the call on mains water by the Course – a significant, tangible achievement from the Town Council’s commitment to climate action.
The Town Council has been working at rewilding parts of The Salts, Normansal, Martello Fields, Princess Drive, The Covers, and The Crouch.
Reduce Reuse Recycle –
The Town Council is working hard to ensure all of its sites, services and facilities are working sustainably. Examples of this being:
– Working with concessions and event organisers to discourage the use of plastic
– Reducing office stationery ordering
– Ceasing printed quarterly newsletters
– Reducing the size of the annual Council Tax Leaflet and printing on carbon balanced paper
– Putting in place alternative energy such as electricity instead of generators at concessions and low energy lighting at The View at Seaford Head
Plastic Free Status –
The Town Council has supported Plastic Free Seaford in securing Seaford’s Plastic Free Status, joining a network of communities across the UK who are leading the way to tackle throw-away plastic at source. The Town Council has played its part in helping to spread awareness of reducing and refusing single-use plastic, including being awarded Plastic Free Status at The View at Seaford Head, and adopting a Single Use Plastic policy.
Water Refill Stations –
The Town Council has successfully installed five water refill stations at various popular locations such as The Salts, seafront, and town centre. These stations provide fresh water facilities for members of the public to fill up reusable water bottles, discouraging the buying of plastic water bottles.
The stations were funded by the 2019-20 Young Mayor, James Jenkin’s fundraising, and sponsorships gratefully received from South East Water, Plastic Free Seaford and Seaford Town Football Club.
Bike Repair Facilities –
To continue to encourage cycling, the Town Council has installed bike repair facilities and racks along Seaford Seafront, plus the new concession at High and Over also offers bike maintenance facilities and advice.
Seaford Town Council Climate Change Working Group –
The Climate Change Working Group is continuing to meet regularly, and will report to Full Council in October setting out plans to create a committee for climate action for 2022 – 2023.
Community Groups Managing Green Spaces –
Following the Full Council decision at the 23rd June 2021 meeting, agreements enabling climate action by community groups on green spaces managed by the Town Council are being developed and the Town Council expect to conclude the first agreement shortly.
Electric Car Charging Points in Town Council Owned Car Parks –
Initial discussions have taken place with Lewes District Council to explore bidding to secure funding for electric charge points in the Town Council’s car parks.
Martello Toilets –
The Town Council is working with architects to include sustainable features in the upcoming Martello Toilet and Café project such as photovoltaic panels, air source heating, solar shading and natural ventilation. Materials used, such as timber cladding, will be responsibly sourced from local companies where possible.