On tuesday night last week the budget for 2020/21 for the Lib Dem run Bath & North East Somerset Council was agreed. The budget included more than £800k of additional funding to help tackle the Climate and Nature Emergency.
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More than £800k of additional funding to help tackle the Climate and Nature Emergency looks set to be agreed by Bath & North East Somerset councillors.
In addition new investment in key priority areas including delivering more affordable and low carbon housing, introducing low traffic neighbourhoods, increased street cleaning and supporting vulnerable people will be considered by Bath & North East Somerset Council as part of its budget-setting process.
The significant investment in the Climate and Nature Emergency will help the area reach carbon neutrality by 2030. The money will be spent on a package of measures including enabling a shift in the way people get around, planting thousands more trees and reducing waste.
More than 150 separate actions have already been identified where the council, working with partners and the local community, can make an impact on reducing carbon emissions.
The meeting gave appproval for £43.6m capital funding for new projects, including £2m to redevelop Bath Studio School to provide local specialist educational provision for children with autism and complex social, emotional mental health needs.
Cllr Joel Hirst addressed the meeting to support the budget recognising some good elements for the Odd Down ward including:
- More money for street cleaning
- More money for St Martins Childrens Centre
- Redevelopment of the Bath Studio School
The studio school investment will allow 65 more special school places for B&NES children locally with autism and complex social, emotional or mental health needs.
All this is investment is good news for Odd Down.
You can see Joels speach here: