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Fife Council could provide more allotments and ground for community gardens so people can grow more of their own fruit and veg
Fife Council could help provide more cycleways and footpaths so people could get about without using cars
Fife Council could make their municipal compost available to individuals and community groups as they did in the past
100% agree. Extraction of peat for horticultural purposes destroys the very thing that is helping us to lock carbon away. Even if the council charged a nominal amount for compost it would reduce the publics requirement for horticultural compost, the majority of which contains peat.
You could review your new prices for electric vehicle charging - they seem very high, and will put people off.
Planning regulations should be pushed to the limit of what can be achieved in terms of sustainable housing, obligations on developers to use , e.g. district heating systems, create planning gains e.g. for pedestrians and cyclists and the creation of open green spaces. The creation of community woodlands . Where grass will not be cut fruit trees could be planted., spaced to allow machinery to pass between them. This would cost money in the short term but could be seen as a long-term investment in the health and quality of life of Fife residents. Zoning for housing should be much more generous at the expense of agricultural land.
Education is key. Once people realise that we are no longer able to return to they way things were, but will have to deal with the consequences of Climate change for the rest of our and our children's lives, the question of how bad it is going to get is the only thing we have left to control. The faster the emissions are reduced the better.
The answers are pretty well known. Reduce fossil fuel use, including by not building houses with gas pipes, an investment in insulation -if all council owned buildings were insulated properly, and converted to (renewable) electric heating, that would be a good start.
Ensuring people could use safe cycling routes and public transport & investing in electric car clubs to reduce the number of cars on the road, would both improve air quality and reduce emissions.
Ensure there are places to park (and lock) bikes near the shops. Stop assuming cars should have priority (but obviously access available for those that need it)
Fife council could employ a policy of plant based food as standard in schools and council owned buildings, meat available on request, rather than as standard.
Make every decision with climate breakdown and the biodiversity crisis in mind.
Consider mitigation against the increasing flooding and sea level rise we are likely to endure.
Agree education is key. This can happen in many ways, obviously in schools but also in Community initiatives like Greener Kirkcaldy, PLANT Tayport, Cambo Gardens, St. Andrews Botanic Gardens
More action as far as climate change is concerned, fossil fuels are still the elephant in the room and all future decisions should be made with that in mind! With the UK government putting into place,a 2030 endgame, of the sale of internal combustion powered vehicles,more facilities are needed for the future expanded sales of private electric powered automobiles! An integrated public transport system with bus and train timetables running in tandem with each other and car pool systems should really be a way forward also!! Much better insulation and less reliance on gas heating,electricity coming from more renewable sources wherever possible!!
Reduce excessive heating in public buildings, often excessive at present
Carry out and also support more treeplanting in selected parks, greenspaces, verges etc
Strengthen local recycling points (incl accepting landfill for communities which have less access to vehicles)
More efficient working, especially travel patterns, by staff
Develop offroad cycle networks as the main links rather than faded lines on dangerous roads to encourage greater useage
Strongly discourage/penalise school drops
The core pathways and rights of way should be cleared, stoned and properly maintained to allow and encourage pedestrians and cyclists to fully use them cutting down the use of cars, making folk more healthy
Totally agree with that. Fife has a very poor network of footpaths and cycleways making people use their cars more. The response is often, well there’s no funding but really it’s down to priorities. Post Covid we really need to build back better using a different mindset.
-Work to restore the few peatlands that are present in Fife
-Plant more native woodland
-Create more opportunities for green infrastructure, cycle lanes, free charge points etc