TIS held a successful and well attended Isleworth Environment Summit on 16 March in Isleworth Public Hall.
Councillor Salman Shaheen (Cabinet Member for Parks) spoke about the new Council Green and Blue Strategy. This includes improvements in local parks, funding for new allotments, community gardens and orchards, improving water quality in local rivers, planting thousands of new trees and a new Council online forum ` eco-talk`.
Anjit Bansal (Principal Environmental Strategy Officer) outlined the Council Climate Action Plan including actions to reduce carbon footprints in the Council’s own buildings, promoting local green businesses, piloting a low carbon neighbourhood in Isleworth, new charging points for electric cars and a new Hounslow Youth Climate Action Network.
Karanraj Birk, a student from Isleworth & Syon School, explained about the importance of the environment to young people and actions being taken in his school.
Representatives from local organisations, including Friends of the Earth and the Green Party, contributed to the community action session to brainstorm practical actions we can all take to protect the environment in Isleworth and tackle climate change. A summary of suggestions made will be put onto our TIS website and the `Top 12 Tips` included in our next newsletter.
The Summit also discussed areas in Isleworth which could benefit from a `community clean up`. The TIS Committee will consider these proposals; watch out for more information in our next newsletter.
The Summit was sponsored by Accountancy Management Services, South Street, Isleworth.
As stated we will publish `Top 12 Tips for Residents` in our next TIS newsletter. These will cover practical actions by residents, businesses, community groups/schools, the Council and TIS itself. TIS will be holding a follow up `action forum` to discuss how we can turn these suggestions into action. This event is likely to be in the evening in May/ June. You can register your interest in taking part by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an invite.
Below you will see the list compiled at the Summit of community suggestions
Below are the sites identified at the Summit which are in need of a 'community clean up`. TIS doesn't have the capacity to organise 10 different clean ups but the TIS Cttee will identify one main site for a clean up in late summer/ early autumn and notify our members. But we will also send the full list to the Council to consider for clean ups via their 'Environmental Champions' programme.
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