Buses, the environmental impact of new build developments and clean and affordable energy.
These are some of the main topics coming up for discussions when The West of England Combined Authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee meets at the Bath Guildhall on Wednesday, March 21, at 10.30am.
Members will hear about, and contribute to, plans for a for clean and affordable energy system. WECA received £50,000 from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in March 2017 to develop this work across the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership area (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and North Somerset and South Gloucestershire).
Over 70 people from local organisations attended a workshop in Keynsham in February, organised by Centre for Sustainable Energy on behalf of the LEP, to start discussing priority areas, including low and zero carbon electricity; decarbonisation of heat; electric vehicles and ensuring new build developments achieve their low carbon potential.
There will also be a discussion about developing a Green Infrastructure Plan, which will look at environmental mitigation of future development across the region.
The meeting will also consider reports on West of England Local Enterprise Partnership funding and a regional bus strategy. This will consider options to improve the performance of the bus network and set out how further growth in bus use will be encouraged with faster, more reliable and more accessible services.
The committee, made up of 11 members from the across the Combined Authority region, is chaired by Cllr Stephen Clarke (Bristol City Council) who was elected alongside vice-chair Cllr Steve Pearce (Bristol) in September.
The full meeting papers, including details of how members of the public can register to speak, are available on the West of England Combined Authority website www.westofengland-ca.org.uk/meetings/