Corporate Plan 2017 to 2022: Our ambition and achievements - Environment

Environment

This Corporate Plan was the first to focus heavily on the preservation of the natural environment and to pay particular attention to maintaining biodiversity within the county.

This direction was as a result of the County Conversation engagement, conducted as part of the development of the Corporate Plan and driven by the involvement principle. As part of this exercise, voices from young people in the community were heard. They were concerned about the future of the environment and wanted the council to more actively pursue change under this theme.

Our Environment priority achievements include:

  • Planting of over 18,000 trees
  • Reducing the risk of coastal flooding for 1,650 properties
  • Enhancing biodiversity in the county, with 60 sites being managed to create wildflower meadows


Highlights

Wildflower Meadows project


Wildflower Meadow

Throughout this Corporate Plan we have aimed to enhance biodiversity across the county.

We now have nearly 60 sites, including highway verges, footpath edges, cycleways and amenity grasslands, are now being managed to create wildflower meadows.

Bee Friendly status

Bee Friendly Denbighshire

In 2018 we gained Bee Friendly status from the Welsh Government, a scheme which aims to make Wales a pollinator-friendly country.

Bee Friendly (Welsh Government website).

Climate and Ecological Change

Since declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency in July 2019, we have developed plans to become a net carbon zero and ecologically positive council by 2030.

Climate and ecological change.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Public Charging Pilot

We have secured a total of £57,400 grant funding from the UK Government's Office for Zero Emission Vehicles supported by the Energy Saving Trust, to support the delivery of an Electric Vehicle Public Charging Pilot. The pilot will provide fast charging points in eight public car parks across Denbighshire for use by the public.

Corporate Priority: Environment
Our ambitionOur achievement

All our new council housing built will achieve an 'Excellent' energy rating.

Project: Additional Council Housing Developments (Ongoing. On target)

There will be growing numbers of black grouse, little terns, adders, sand lizards and bees.

  • Project: Improving biodiversity in Denbighshire (Ongoing. On target)
  • Project: Moorland Management and Wildfire Prevention (Ongoing. On target)

There will be 18,000 more trees across Rhyl and Denbigh.

  • Project: PLANT Project: Urban Tree Planting (Ongoing. On target)
  • Project: To maintain, enhance, protect and preserve Denbighshire's living assets for future generations (Ongoing. On target)

500 properties will have benefitted from a reduced risk of flooding through the Rhyl East scheme.

Project: East Rhyl Coastal Defence Scheme. Ongoing (on target). Completion date for the overall project is April 2022.

Carbon emissions from Council assets have reduced by at least 15% by 2022

  • Project: Reducing carbon emissions from council assets - the council has continued to reduce carbon emissions from its estate, seeing a reduction of 15.69% in 2019 to 2020 (completed), compared with emissions levels when the corporate plan was developed. This was achieved by a reduction of 8,822.65 (tonnes) in our own buildings where we pay the bills and 1,908.17 (tonnes) in our fleet
  • Project: County Hall Improved Utilisation – Upgraded Building Management System (Ongoing). Undertake major refurbishments of existing Council buildings to be low carbon in operation (e.g. Greening County Hall Project)

The county has a higher profile as a location to visit, so that we can capitalise on Denbighshire’s economic potential. Tourism spend in the county has increased.

  • Complete - Tourism Strategy 2019-2022 developed
  • STEAM - Total Economic Impact of Tourism (£ million) rose from 490.35 in 2017 to 552.35 in 2019. 2020 saw a 61.4% decrease to 213.00 primarily as a result of the pandemic

Addition in support of the Environment Priority.

  • Project: Develop options to reduce plastics use within Denbighshire County Council (Phase 1 and Phase 2)
  • Phase 1 completed / Phase 2 to be progressed through the Climate and Ecological Change Strategy