Cost of living support

Colchester City Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.

Our Climate Emergency Action Plan

Colchester City Council declared a Climate Emergency in July 2019, and we have since followed this up by developing a Climate Emergency Action Plan. All versions of the Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan are shown below:

We are working on key projects and actions that will reduce emissions and produce positive environmental impacts for the Council and the city. Key highlights of this work between August 2021 – July 2022 are shown below:

The infographic includes several achievements that Colchester City Council has made between August 2021 – July 2022. These achievements include

August 2021: Launch of the social media A-Z waste reduction campaign 
September 2021: 9% increase in engine switch offs through Careless pollution campaign
October 2021: Castle Park, Highwoods Country Park and Colchester Cemetery and Crematorium all get green flag awards!
November 2021: Electric refuse collection vehicle trialled 
December 2021: Home Burning campaign launch to raise awareness of air pollution from stoves/fires
Reusable bags provided for market stall holders 
January 2022: Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan rated as 2nd best in Essex
3 EV chargers installed in Priory Street Car Park – First in CBC owned car parks 
February 2022: Over 50 people in Colchester received free bike training from Essex County Council
March 2022: 7170 trees planted over planting season with over 400 volunteers
Launch of first litter picking hubs in Colchester for ‘on the go’ litter picking
4 Smart waste bins announced for Dedham as pilot
April 2022: Careless pollution campaign ‘highly commended’ in Edie Sustainability Leader Awards
Signage produced by schools to explain no mow areas
May 2022: Community Cycle project to repair and rehome old bikes restarts
June 2022: Six electric vans purchased – The start of the Council’s fleet transition 
July 2022: Council supports 11 schools as part of Essex Schools Green Day!

Page last reviewed: 26 October 2022

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