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West Norfolk councillors are being asked to make a commitment to declare a climate emergency at a full council meeting next week.

A Notice of Motion has been submitted ahead of Thursday’s meeting, which states the council has recognised the need to act decisively on climate change and has introduced a portfolio, policy and measures to significantly reduce its impact on its carbon emissions and the environment.

The motion is being put forward by Paul Kunes, cabinet member for environment, seconded by council leader Stuart Dark.

Mr Kunes said: “We are in a position to show what we have already done, set out what we are doing and planning to do and demonstrate how we plan to enable and support businesses and residents to do their bit too.”

He added the council had secured £3.8m government grants for a decarbonisation programme, installed solar panels and different heating systems to reduce its carbon footprint and invested an extra £1.7m to make the proposed Gaywood parkway development one of the greenest in Norfolk.

Mr Dark added: “It is my intention to also put aside a budget specifically for climate change activities and to support businesses and the public to make changes.”