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OPINION - VIEWPOINTS

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What will climate change mean for councils?...
What will climate change mean for councils?

'From coping with flooding to better use of energy in our buildings, this is a 'here and now' issue - if you

are still thinking about it, it's too late.'

Paul Masterman

Head of communications, Shropshire CC

'Flood, heatwaves, severe weather events. More than ever before we will have to think long-term and build resilient local communities able to respond to and recover from whatever the climate change gods throw

at them.'

Nigel Riglar

Strategic director, Stroud DC

'As a silver medallist in Britain in Bloom, lack of rainfall has presented us with an interesting challenge. Our residents have really enjoyed the exotic plants we have used to cope with the drought conditions. Every cloud has a silver lining.'

Sharon Taylor (Lab)

Leader, Stevenage BC

'Local authorities will be in the hot seat, flooded with extra work and snowed under with additional regulations - but it's a great opportunity to demonstrate community leadership!'

David Hill

Chief executive, Ashford BC

'Drought and flood are increasing in prominence and famine may not be too far behind. The global implications of climate change on sustainable food production will become the challenge which will require attention at all tiers.'

Ian Russell

Director of development, environment & technical services, Swale BC

'Councils should champion climate change and use their clout. For example, they could use planning conditions to get developers to include renewable energy in new buildings. We need to take responsibility and not wait for central government to tell us what to do.'

Matt Cooney

Chief executive, Solihull Community Housing

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