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Update from council leader - 28 July

Time Square

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

I hope residents are having a good week, whatever mood the weather may be in.

I am delighted to celebrate Bracknell Forest Council hitting some crucial milestones on many projects concerning climate change and putting us on track for the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The council has developed a new climate change strategy and action plan that is well underway. It includes securing a further £274k green homes grant funding to help improve energy efficiency of the least energy efficient homes in the borough.

The plan also sees the planting of over 5,500 new trees across the borough, many of which are part of the highway re-greening scheme. It also includes the creation of new walking and cycling crossing points on Binfield Road and Forest Road to encourage greener ways of travel, both of which are now complete.

We have also been successful in securing a £425k grant to conduct thermal improvement projects in schools across the borough to make them more energy efficient. I am extremely proud of our officers and partners involved in this crucial work and our residents for setting a fantastic example by taking responsibility for their own actions and having climate change at the forefront of their day-to-day tasks and behaviours.

To keep up with the council’s fight against climate change, visit our climate change pages or follow our social media channels.

In other news, the Bracknell Open Learning Centre has announced a programme which offers a range of accredited courses in subjects such as business and customer service, as well as maths, English and IT.

Alongside these are courses in health and safety, developing risk assessments and working in care, in addition to classes to support goal setting, motivation and understanding stress. To enrol on the new courses, or to find out more about any of the opportunities on offer, visit our Community Learning pages or call 01344 354220.

Stay safe and have a good week.