Nutfield Parish Council: Environmental Policy

INTRODUCTION

As a Parish Council responsible for service delivery in the built and natural environments, we can, through the advice given to parishioners and those working with us, make a contribution towards the protection of our local environment. We will, as an integral part of our commitment to ensure the health and wellbeing of the community, do our utmost to ensure that our activities do not adversely affect the environment. This responsibility is a statutory requirement under S.40 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act, 2006.

To this end Nutfield Parish Council will:

  • Comply with all relevant local, national and international environmental legislation that impinges upon our activities.
  • Where no legislation exists, aspire to positively influence parishioners to incorporate environmental considerations in all aspects of parish life.
  • Endeavour to positively influence suppliers, service providers and the public towards environmental excellence.
  • Adopt environmental principles for purchasing consumables, minimising waste, efficient use of energy and water and ensuring that wastes are recycled whenever practicable and disposed of appropriately.
  • Encourage adherence by all to guidance for the protection of rural areas documented at a national and local level and any subsequent Parish Plan or local initiative.
  • Work with Tandridge District Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team for the environmental improvement of the parish.

Parish Council Responsibilities. To ensure that the policy is effective, Nutfield Parish Council will:

  • Implement all reasonable measures to comply with relevant environmental legislation.
  • Take appropriate steps to minimise any negative impact on the environment and to conserve natural resources.
  • Endeavour to make improvements in environmental performance.
  • Review regularly, and where necessary update this policy and any relevant environmental procedures.
  • Continually seek to improve environmental performance.
  • Reduce pollution, emissions and waste.
  • Participate in discussions about environmental issues with local interested parties and groups.
  • Develop a Wildlife policy to be implemented across all Parish land holdings.
  • Seek to improve access to Parish land holdings that is consistent with current legislation and practice.

All of the above is to be conducted in partnership with the Parish, its many diverse interest groups and District and County Councils.

References:

  • Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act, 2006
  • Wildlife & Countryside Act, 1981
  • Agriculture Act, 2020
  • Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000

 

Policy adopted and agreed June 2021

June 2015