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Council plan priority environment

Protecting and enhancing our environment

The council will help residents to reduce the total amount of household waste and extend the range of recycled materials from the kerbside

  • we will extend kerbside recycling, by increasing the range of recyclables collected and changing the way we collect materials
  • we will use our waste as a resource to improve the economic return from the re-use and recycling of materials collected from the kerbside

The council will make progress in reducing carbon emissions and become more energy efficient 

  • we will reduce the council’s carbon emissions by reducing our energy use through the management of our land and buildings and be an exemplar to others
  • in protecting South Lakeland we will influence and encourage others to reduce their carbon footprint

The council and its communities will enhance and protect the district’s heritage and high quality environment

  • we will support Cumbria County Council and local partners with their strategies for active travel, such as developing safer cycle and walking routes to work and school and promoting cycle tourism. We will explore potential opportunities with the Canal Trust to develop cycle routes along the canal paths of South Lakeland
  • through the implementation of Development Briefs, we will encourage the highest standards for new developments. They will demonstrate quality and sustainability in their preparation, planning and operation
  • we will review our Air Quality Action Plan to develop stricter air quality measures and investigate options to further improve the air quality across the district. We will continue to promote our air and water quality and address environmental nuisance complaints
  • through our open space strategy we will work with local communities to improve, manage and promote the public realm and make best use of and care for our parks and open spaces
  • we will facilitate and support our third sector, community groups and businesses to plan and prepare for future flooding and work on their behalf to influence the decision making of those authorities responsible for water management to reduce the impact of flooding on our communities
  • working with our partners we will continue to improve and enhance facilities for lake users on Windermere

Measures of success

  • by 2019, the amount household waste sent for reuse, recycling and composting will increase from 43% to 50%.  During the same period the range of recyclables will be widened
  • by 2017, the number of properties where plastic and cardboard recyclables are collected will increase from 60% in 2016 to 100% of South Lakeland households
  • between 2015 and 2019 the council will, year on year, have reduced its operational carbon footprint by 100 tonnes of carbon, from a baseline of 2,869 tonnes