Have your say on protecting our natural environment

12:43pm - 12 March 2021

There is still an opportunity to have your say on the future of North Somerset's natural environment.

North Somerset Council is developing a new green infrastructure strategy aimed at protecting and enhancing the area's natural environment over the next 10 years.

Residents and community groups are currently being asked for their views during an eight-week consultation period which runs until Friday 9 April. The public consultation also includes engagement sessions with town and parish councils, community group workshops and feedback from professional organisations. Over 120 responses have already been received.

The draft strategy has eight key objectives and includes an action plan with 57 short, medium and long-term actions to help deliver those objectives. This action plan will be regularly reviewed and updated.

The strategy will make a vital contribution to the council's vision for an "open, fairer, greener North Somerset". It will be crucial in tackling the climate and nature emergency, playing an important role in achieving the council's target for the area to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Its aims include improving biodiversity across the area, helping to create a healthier and more attractive place for residents with better access to nature and high-quality open spaces.

Anyone wanting to have their say on the strategy’s development should visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/greeninfrastructurestrategy where there is more information including links to the draft strategy and the consultation questionnaire.

The council will finalise the strategy after considering the comments made during the consultation.