South Holland haulage could explore alternative fuels in race to embrace green agenda
Haulage firms in South Holland could take the lead in pushing for a new greener future - according to a leading councillor.
Members of South Holland District Council’s cabinet agreed to go out to public consultation on a new draft climate strategy at their meeting on Tuesday.
There will be chance for people to air their views in the new year - but councillors feel the plan will help them work with businesses and other bodies on innovative solutions.
Transport is the district’s highest source of emissions but deputy leader Nick Worth told members that this is an area where a big difference can be made.
He said: “1200 vehicles a day go out of Spalding. I am really pleased that that industry is looking very proactively at alternative fuels and how they might be able to lead from the front.”
He said he expects to hear more on progress with this in the new year, adding: “I think we could be at the front of some of that technology going forward.”
This is the first major piece of work for the new South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership - and was welcomed by cabinet members as a positive step.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “This is extremely timely. It was getting a little bit awkward receiving emails from residents saying where are you on this subject.”
Coun Rodney Grocock said this was ‘excellent’, especially for the younger generation who were ‘concerned by what us elders are leaving in the future’.
It’s expected that the consultation - already undertaken by Boston and East Lindsey councils - will lead to the creation of the South and East Lincolnshire Climate Action Network (SELCAN) in the spring - a new body bringing together businesses and other key voices from the private and community sectors.
Coun Worth said climate change could have a ‘massive effect’ on the region - with challenges such as flooding and coastal erosion shared with the other two councils.