Somerset council urged to drop green transition status

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Green campaigners in Somerset have called for the county council to give up its eco-council label.

In 2008 it became the country's first Transition Local Authority where it promised to look at issues such as fossil fuel usage and climate change.

But Transition Somerset said as all funding had now been cut by the council for climate change work, it did not qualify for the status any more.

The council said it was committed to environment work.

Adrian Tait from Transition Somerset said: "The opportunity has been squandered. The will seems to have disappeared virtually out of sight."

However, the Conservative-controlled authority said it was working on eco projects.

The council said in a statement: "We are working on new sustainable travel plans, also working to reduce our own carbon footprint, and looking at how we can help people at risk from flooding.

"Where possible, we will continue with our transition work but after a harsh financial settlement from government, we have to look closely at all our spending."

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