In the last meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny committee before the local elections in May, councillors received the annual review of Epping Forest District Youth Council.
- Watch the webcast of Overview and Scrutiny on 31 March
- Read the agenda for Overview and Scrutiny on 31 March
Epping Forest District Council has signed a climate change declaration and further items on the agenda focused on environmental policies.
Strategic Access Management and Monitoring
The Strategic Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM) Strategy for Epping Forest came under scrutiny. Epping Forest contains land designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), giving it special status and additional protection from residential development. Adoption of the SAMM will assist in the protection of the Forest through the Local Plan and financial contributions by developers.
The SAMM partnership agreement as presented to councillors replaces the ‘Interim Approach to Managing Recreational Pressure on the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation’ adopted by the Council in October 2018.
Climate Change Action Plan
Epping Forest District Council has previously pledged to do all it can to be carbon neutral by 2030. The Climate Change Action Plan presented to Overview and Scrutiny for comments set out to demonstrate actions being taken by the Council.
It focuses on the identification of carbon emissions and the actions to reduce them both within the Council and across the wider district area. The plan aligns with the corporate objectives of keeping the district moving sustainably.
Councillors reviewed the draft annual report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee before reviewing the O&S work programme, the work programmes of the council’s select committees and the council’s cabinet.
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