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Labour Party holds meeting to establish ‘environmental charter’ in Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 October 2018

Wanstead Library. Picture: Google Maps

Wanstead Library. Picture: Google Maps

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Around 90 people met in Wanstead Library in support of establishing an environmental charter to preserve biodiversity and tackling climate change and pollution.

Cutting use of plastics on the high street, installing solar panels and planting trees were among the measures that were discussed at a Labour-organised meeting at the library, in Spratt Hall Road, on Thursday, October 25.

Other measures included allowing hedgerows to grow wild to encourage wildlife and banning dropped kerbs to incentivise people to keep their front gardens.

“One of the problems that helped create the crisis has been our throwaway society,” said Cllr Paul Donovan.

“The consumer led world – use it bin it, throw it out the window. Drive, fly, who cares.”

He added: “We need to establish that reconnect.

“Wanstead is a place where that can be done.

“We have seen excellent community initiatives already, involving the Wild Wanstead led tree pit planting and the community gardening.”

Among the other attendees were Cllr John Howard, cabinet member for civic pride, and Susie Knox from campaign Wild Wanstead.

The group are set to consult businesses, school and the council on the proposed charter as a next step.

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