Authority and residents urge PM to press on climate change plan at conference

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CALLS for action on climate change are being backed by Winchester City Council.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, the authority’s leader, and Cllr Frank Pearson, portfolio holder for environment, joined 750 residents and leading figures from the Winchester district, which includes Denmead, Whiteley and Bishop’s Waltham, in signing a letter organised by Winchester Action on Climate Change.

The letter was delivered to 10 Downing Street on Friday and it supports a binding world-wide plan to tackle global warming and urges Prime Minister David Cameron to press the UN Climate Conference, which started yesterday, to agree practical actions that each country commits to.

Cllr Godfrey spoke at a march in Winchester at the weekend organised by WinACC.

Cllr Godfrey said: ‘The council plays its part in tackling climate change in many ways locally including LED lighting in car parks, insulation in council homes, walking and cycling strategies, advice to residents on energy-saving and support for others such as local businesses to do their bit.

‘But this is a global issue and we are keen to give Winchester’s backing to the efforts being made at the Paris conference.’