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On 3rd September 2019, Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council declared its recognition of global climate and biodiversity emergencies. An extract from the meeting minutes is below :

Extract from PC meeting minutes 3/9/19 

15.8 Climate change :

Cllr Munford spoke on a recent decision made by MBC regarding climate change and the biodiversity emergency. This was a result of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on global climate change impacts and the recent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reports on global species and habitat loss. He felt it important that the Parish Council should support MBC in its ambition the make the Borough carbon neutral by 2030 and to state its own position regarding these twin threats.  

He went on to propose that Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council :

(1) Declare its recognition of global climate and biodiversity emergencies;

(2)  Support Maidstone Borough council in its ambition for the whole of the Borough of Maidstone to be carbon neutral with a target date of 2030

(3)  In addition, the Parish Council will support Boughton Monchelsea Amenity Trust (BMAT) in its current plans to re-wild and carry out tree planting on its existing land, to enhance species, habitats and the ecosystems where practical and appropriate, this would including any land acquired by the trust in the future.

Following lengthy discussion amongst members, Cllr Munford’s proposal was seconded by Cllr Jessel and agreed by all Councillors.

Cllr Jessel proposed that BMAT hold a specific meeting in order to create a detailed plan relating to the above. Seconded by Cllr Humphryes and agreed by all members.