Who We Are
Wiltshire Climate Alliance is an umbrella organisation for different groups to come together to campaign for action on climate change. The alliance welcomes a wide variety of groups and individuals whose common characteristic is that they care passionately about the challenges of climate change and the impact of human activity on the environment. We know that we are stronger together. read more
Wiltshire Council Draft Climate Strategy and Green&Blue Infrastructure -
Your Support and Comments Needed
After seeking feedback on discussion documents earlier in the year, Wiltshire Council has created a draft Climate Strategy document. It is quite short and readable, explaining the main areas they will address, and says that detailed delivery plans will be developed afterwards.
If you would like to see the council take faster and more urgent action to help us aim for net zero by 2030, please sign our petition here. Please get your friends to sign as well. If we get 5,000 signatures, they have to debate it at the next full Council meeting.
The council are seeking feedback on the strategy document until 17-Oct. WCA is gathering member input for our response but responses from individuals and member groups are very important too, so do have a look.
There is also the important Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy consultation running concurrently that needs comments.
You might also want to register for Wiltshire Council webinars or attend one of their drop-in events at the main libraries in Wiltshire, details on the Wiltshire Council page.
More details from WCA here
Great Big Green Week, mid September - add an event!
The national map shows several events in West Wiltshire but there are probably already more being organised. Are there events in September your local group could add to the map, or could you create something? It could be really simple like a coffee morning, street stall or online meeting or film showing, or you could engage with an event already happening and give it a bit of an eco theme! Maybe invite your MP, councillors or other influencers to get involved?
See our WCA COP26 page for more information, and feel free to contact us to help organize and promote.
Solar Farms - Urgent Supporting Comments Needed!
Solar farms are the most important way Wiltshire can capture renewable energy. When well-sited on low-quality agricultural land and surrounded by trees, they increase biodiversity value compared to grazing pasture, and nature can flourish between and under the rows of panels.
Three new 50MW farms are currently up for planning consideration. They would increase Wiltshire’s solar PV capacity by 25% and power over 45,000 homes, making a major contribution to achieving Wiltshire’s net zero carbon targets. They would be near existing infrastructure such as the motorway, pylons and substations, and not in specific areas of natural beauty. Please could you look at our information and links to comment forms and consider submitting supportive comments to Wiltshire Council?
Surveys show majority support but comments to date on the planning applications are mainly from a minority of objectors. One application has already been re-submitted with many panels removed, due to complaints that they would be visible from certain angles, and this substantially reduces its capacity to provide power in the important morning and evening periods. The green companies developing these schemes need our support to get them through the planning system.
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"