In this issue
The end of 2019 and the start of New Year was marked by extreme weather in many parts of the world, including record heat, wildfires, rainfall, extreme cold and heavy snowfall. High impact weather events have been occurring more frequently than natural variability would suggest and there is now a global consensus (with one or two exceptions) that global warming, caused by human actions, is the cause. We all have a responsibility to do what we can for the planet and future generations and this month we launched an ambitious action plan for this council to become carbon neutral, to significantly reduce our negative impact on the planet and to increase environmental affirmative initiatives – see the spotlight section for more details.
If you like having your opinion heard, 2020 is going to be the year for you! In this issue we highlight your opportunity to contribute to the debate on the future of Epsom Hospital and to raise your concerns about local police issues. Later in the year there will be the opportunity to contribute to the borough’s local plan and the next Heathrow expansion consultation.
Last year we added to the series of walks we organise with various partners with the introduction of a programme of diabetes walks – these were specifically aimed for those who wanted to lose weight and reduce blood pressure and not just for those with diabetes. These proved really popular and we’re going to run them again this summer. Registration is now open and we’ve highlighted some of the other popular walks we run as well in the key facts section.
This issue also includes a packed programme of local events, a roundup of local news and a plethora of community activity.