Friends of the Earth climate emergency local authority league table

Highest: Wiltshire 92%
Lowest Spelthorne, Pendle, Ribble Valley 42%

Exeter 80%
Dorset 80%
East Devon 72%
Mid-Devon 72%
Torridge 68%

“This league table provides a perfomance score for every local authority in England and Wales (see notes on methodology at end of document).

All local authorities, even the best performing, need to do much more if climate catastrophe is to be averted. The government needs to provide them with the powers and resources to do so, and it needs to do much more itself. All local authorities should adopt an ambitious local climate action plan . And they should join with Friends of the Earth and others in urging more government action. Each local authority should declare a climate emergency as a sign of political intent.”

5 thoughts on “Friends of the Earth climate emergency local authority league table

  1. It is apparently against the law to leave an engine running unnecessarily on a public highway. There was an item on radio 4 news at 6.30am today referring to the rarely used £20 fine.

    It is considered an illegal offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The Act enforces rule 123 of the Highway Code, which states: ‘You must not leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.

    If you ever have any police locally Diana maybe they could do something about the unnecessary pollution.


  2. Diana, whilst I understand your frustration, the school has been on that site for 92 years. No doubt when you sell your property, it will command a premium for being so close to an outstanding school. Students only attend for 39 weeks per year, leaving 13 of them and all weekends coach-free. There were no coaches there at 11:30 this morning; it happens only for a short time each day and it is the same time each day. Bringing 50+ students in by one coach is much less polluting than each of them coming in by car. Before you berate me for my own daughters having attended that school, our closest school also needs a bus journey, and on days like today, a car journey to the nearest bus stop (more than a mile away on roads with a 60mph limit and no pavements).

    What is really needed is a joined-up transport policy where green vehicles are encouraged. If the Internet infrastructure was improved, perhaps youngsters would not need to attend school every day but I cannot see that happening any time soon. Concentrate on the bigger picture.


    • Melanie, In the afternoons the coaches sit running engines for at least twenty minutes. Our property will not increase by being near the school as it seems that wherever they live you can get to school by coach, you do not need to live nearby. Cars driving on the pavement is dangerous. The pollution is dangerous, you do not live here so you do not know what it is like. We cannot even have a pedestrian crossing because the coaches cannot park if there are zig zag lines. Every day there are hundreds of children, hence the large number of coaches- idling their engines.,. they too inhale the toxic fumes.


    • I respect your opinions, but there is one more thing, 92 years ago there were only a couple of hundred children at the school, now the figure is closer to a thousand; there was not anywhere near the same volume of traffic and certainly not all the coaches we see now. Yes hopefully in the future there will truly green vehicles. I shall not say any more on the subject.


  3. Meanwhile, the school coaches – more than a dozen everyday stand idling their engines, often some of the drivers are not even in the vehicles, they stand leaning on a wall and chatting. There is also all the traffic queued up behind the coaches contributing to the pollution. Cars drive on the narrow pavement to try to get past the coaches. Does anyone from council care? No they do not, but we in Colyford have endured this situation for years.
    Is it not time the children are not ‘bussed’ all round the countryside to go to school?


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