We are all green now but more challenges ahead - Mohammad Fayyaz
We are all green now - well most of us try to be most of the time. Let's not pretend that it's always easy, though. But this month I want to sing the praises of Chesham Town Council for its commitment to green i ssues.
This seems appropriate since the Town Council's Environmental Policy has recently received praise from the National Association of Local Councils in its publication Points of Light. The policy was drafted and adopted by Chesham Town Council in 2006, which happens to be the year when I was first Mayor, and I remember it particularly well.
It set out both short and long-term actions which the Council would take to save water, conserve energy, reduce waste and pollution, promote biodiversity and protect green spaces.
That might all sound like just a lot of grand words, but the policy has produced some extremely worthwhile results which the National Association highlights.
The one which I'm most proud of is the wild flower meadow established in Berkhampstead Field, which the Town Council owns, next to Nashleigh Hill Recreation Ground. By not cutting the grass during the summer until after flower seeds have set and by not using chemicals, the council is allowing wild flowers to flourish and has created a beautiful chalk meadow.
Another initiative in which Chesham led the way is the monthly local produce market to encourage people to buy locally produced food. If we all ate more local produce rather than food which has had to be transported halfway round the world, this would have an impact on the most serious environmental problem of our time: global warming.
These were eye-catching initiatives, which obviously caught the eye of the National Association, but they are backed up by many other schemes like installing solar panels at the Moor Gym and Swim and agreeing to allow a green wall on the front of the Town Hall, facing St Mary's Way to absorb polluting gases and improve air quality.
So well done, Chesham Town Council. We can be proud of what has been achieved. There are many more challenges ahead.
This article was originally published in the March 2019 issue of Your Chesham, to which Mo Fayyaz, Liberal Democrat Town councillor, contributes a regular monthly column. You can read the whole issue by clicking on the cover below.