People in Kirklees enjoy a high quality, clean and green environment

Our built and natural environment contributes to people's quality of life and makes the district a more attractive place in which to live and invest. We want to connect people and places, improve air quality and green infrastructure and be resilient in the face of extreme weather events and climate change, as well as helping people reduce waste and recycle more.

What we're aiming to achieve

  • Well planned places and sustainable communities.
  • Better infrastructure for our communities.
  • People have access to greenspaces, including appropriate sports and leisure opportunities.
  • Address the Climate Emergency in Kirklees and work towards achieving the 'net-zero' carbon emission target for 2038.

Priorities for action

1. Housing supply

Action

Housing supply: ensure delivery arrangements are established for new homes across all sites where the council has interests, including direct delivery as well as larger strategic sites.

Deliverable(s)

  • Appoint a Principal Designer for the council's Passivhaus pilot.
    Timescale: March 2022.
  • Start construction of 319 new homes at Soothill, Batley with 20% affordable homes. Complete construction of 161 homes at Ashbrow.
    Timescale: October 2022 (Soothill). Spring 2023 (Ashbrow).

Portfolio holder

Councillor Cathy Scott


2. Greening the fleet

Action

Greening the fleet: deliver our innovative green fleet programme, working closely with the Energy Saving Trust to build on the 52 hybrid and 60 fully electric vehicles currently in our fleet and provide an accelerated roadmap to a fully net zero fleet for the 1,100 vehicles we operate.

Deliverable(s)

  • Finalise charger installation arrangements (25 home chargers and five dual rapid chargers for Flint Street, Highways), to facilitate the use of electric vehicles by council services.
    Timescale: Tranche 1: December 2021. Tranche 2: September 2022.
  • Undertake comprehensive trials of specialist vehicles e.g. refuse collection vehicles to establish effectiveness for service delivery and inform future fleet procurement decisions.
    Timescale: Ongoing.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Will Simpson


3. Progress tree planting and improve bio-diversity

Action

Tree planting and improving bio-diversity.

Deliverable(s)

  • Plant over 70,000 trees in 21/22, 40,000 of which will be planted on 22 hectares of council land. Improve net bio-diversity over our public realm through the innovative introduction of wild flower meadows.
    Timescale: Ongoing - through until 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Will Simpson


4. Develop the Climate Change Roadmap to 2038

Action

Develop the Climate Change Roadmap to 2038.

Deliverable(s)

  • Develop a roadmap that will inform and aid the development of the council's Climate Change Programme and help prioritise measures for consideration beyond the initial Phase 1 priorities. The roadmap will also inform the work of the Kirklees Climate Commission and help prioritise initial areas of focus.
    Timescale: June 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Will Simpson


5. Deliver the Resources and Waste Strategy

Action

Deliver the Resources and Waste Strategy: Delivery of the initial 12 month's milestones following agreement at Full council in September 2021.

Deliverable(s)

  • Open a reuse shop in Huddersfield.
    Timescale: November 2021.
  • Introduce a new bulky waste collection system.
    Timescale: April 2022.
  • Deliver new measures to tackle fly tipping.
    Timescale: May 2022.
  • Commence a trail of kerbside glass collections.
    Timescale: November 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Naheed Mather


6. Recovery of frontline services

Action

Recovery of frontline services.

Deliverable(s)

  • Deliver a plan of additional activity across frontline environmental services to recover the significant impacts of the response to COVID-19 on these service areas.
    Timescale: Ongoing - through to 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Naheed Mather


7. Make our roads greener

Action

Make our roads greener.

Deliverable(s)

  • Deliver an LED street lighting scheme that will deliver 100% LEDs across the network by March 2022.
    Timescale: March 2022.
  • Introduce a Green Parking permit.
    Completed.
  • Invest in a network of Electric Vehicle Charging Facilities.
    Timescale: Start of delivery programme Autumn 2021.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Naheed Mather


8. Make our roads better

Action

Make our roads better: A high profile programme of maintenance for 21/22 including principal roads, community roads and the unclassified roads programme.

Deliverable(s)

  • Deliver the Locality Based Unclassified Roads (LBUR) programme following the prioritisation of schemes by ward councillors. Years 2 and 3 of the programme will deliver 132 schemes across 23 wards.
    Timescale: 2022.
  • Deliver a capital programme of around 40 schemes as approved including the surface dressing of circa 25km of highway.
    Timescale: 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Naheed Mather


9. Make our roads safer

Action

Make our roads safer: progressing safety schemes in 21/22, borough-wide speed limits review, place-based Speed Indication Device partnership.

Deliverable(s)

  • Deliver nine community schemes and 13 casualty reduction schemes further supported by education and publicity programmes to address emerging trends.
    Timescale: 2022.
  • Purchase Speed Indicator Devices and launch a new two year programme of deployment in consultation with ward councillors to begin in January 2022.
    Timescale: 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Naheed Mather


Tracking our progress

  • Overall satisfaction with local area (%).
  • Waste recycling rate.
  • Amount of household waste produced.
  • Air quality.

Tree planting

Kirklees staff and volunteers have now planted over 35,000 trees across Kirklees to help reduce carbon emissions, improve our natural environment, and contribute to the White Rose Forest. Volunteer groups, local residents and council employees have helped to plant 25 hectares of trees (the equivalent of approximately 35 football pitches) at more than 30 different sites in Kirklees since Autumn 2019. A mixture of native and non-native species of trees were planted according to suitability for the site, including sweet chestnut, oak and pine.

We have committed to significant further tree planting over the next five years. The aim is to create a network of new woodlands to help improve local and regional biodiversity and create new natural spaces for people to enjoy.

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