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South Kesteven District Council to spend £50,000 as it declares ‘a climate emergency’

September 16, 2019

By Paul Homewood


h/t carbon500


Many local councils have jumped on the virtue signalling climate emergency bandwagon. But this is the first one I have come across that has actually committed to spending real money:


A ‘climate emergency’ has been declared by South Kesteven District Council.

Members of its cabinet have also voted to spend £50,000 on advice and a new climate change officer.

But opposition councillors told the cabinet meeting the move does not go far enough.

Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations Coun Dr Peter Moseley said: “This is something that’s been bubbling along for some time. It dovetails in with some of the work the council is already doing with regard to the environment, for example electric vehicles.”

He argued it was not a knee-jerk reaction to action groups such as Extinction Rebellion, who have been campaigning locally. It was the right time to make a statement and put meaning behind it.

As part of the declaration, council leaders will call on SKDC as a whole to make the declaration and targets, including:

South Kesteven District Council (16428843)South Kesteven District Council (16428843)


*Reducing SKDC’s carbon footprint by 2030 and becoming net-zero carbon by 2050 – including its “wholly owned companies”

*Taking a role in reducing that of residents, businesses and other organisations

*Setting up a “Climate Change Action” task and finish group to carry out a full investigation into how SKDC might work towards the above and consider the latest evidence and advice, and consider any extra budget needs.

*Put aside £50,000 to “enable external advice and the recruitment of a Climate Change Officer straight away to drive forward the council’s ambition to be net-zero carbon”

But Coun Ashley Baxter (Ind-Market and West Deeping) said the plans were “not ambitious enough.”

Coun Ashley baxter (16430239)Coun Ashley Baxter (16430239)


He wanted more money put aside and action sooner than planned, and told councillors: “Climate change is going to going to get more, and more, and more dramatic. It’s going to make Brexit look like a walk in the park.”

Lincoln City Council and North Kesteven District Council have both declared climate emergencies, while Lincolnshire County Council refused to do so.

Boston Borough Council has set up a working group to investigate the issue.

Climate activists have also campaigned on the issue in Stamford, including putting their case before Stamford Town Council, but its members have yet to make such a declaration.

SKDC also plans further environmental initiatives, including one which could see more trees in its towns.


South Kesteven is only a small district, containing 57000 households at the last count. If I lived there, I would be absolutely furious about this waste of money taxes, which surely are desperately needed elsewhere.

  1. September 16, 2019 2:08 pm

    A Dalton minimum is imminent. The ice is returning. Winter is coming. Prepare!

  2. George L permalink
    September 16, 2019 2:14 pm

    I keep expecting Rod Serling to appear: “A little town out to save the planet before it is too late. Or maybe just making themselves feel good. Only in the Twilight Zone.”

    Here is another:

    A city council declares a climate emergency
    The lady at 12:10: Runaway climate change, there is an absolute hunger among the community to do this, there is still hope
    Use the words: resiliency, sustainability
    The lady at 19:30: existential threat to life on earth; scientists are reeling, from the Amazon to Australia to the Arctic, the permafrost is melting, just have 11 years
    22:30 young person on behalf of the climate strikers – sacrifice a day of work or school to save a climate catastrophe.
    Can’t you see those scientists “reeling”? Throwing themselves against the walls.

    • Pancho Plail permalink
      September 16, 2019 5:22 pm

      I am glad to see that someone is counting down from the original 12 years, it is now 11. This means the end is nigher – the end, that is, of all this nonsense which will be exposed as the rubbish it is when the climate doesn’t play ball with them.
      I am struggling to notice what difference there is to a year ago.

  3. Saighdear permalink
    September 16, 2019 2:20 pm

    Oh stoppit, stoppit stoppit, I tell you! the only advice they’ll be getting is from their paid friends. I can give them the same advice for free – and yall know what “free advice results in” …………..

  4. September 16, 2019 2:26 pm

    Amazing the things you can do with other people’s money.

    • Michael Adams permalink
      September 16, 2019 2:32 pm

      I think Paul should apply for the position of Climate Change Officer. I’d love to be at the job interview.

  5. Philip Mulholland permalink
    September 16, 2019 2:36 pm

    Maybe they should declare their district to be an asteroid impact free zone as well.

    • September 16, 2019 4:20 pm

      Like Derbyshire was once declared to be a nuclear free zone.

      • September 16, 2019 4:24 pm

        And Greenwich which had a research reactor at the Naval School
        Derby I believe is similar in that Rolls Royce had test reactors there.

  6. Paul Michaels permalink
    September 16, 2019 2:39 pm

    In the Isle of Man they have appointed a Professor James Curran to chair a climate change transformation team. The IOM government also declared a climate emergency in July. The island is a dot in the Irish with 85,000 inhabitants, like anything done here will make a difference at all!

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      September 16, 2019 5:24 pm

      Will they ban the TT? Must have a huge ‘carbon footprint’. /s

      • Paul Michaels permalink
        September 16, 2019 5:33 pm

        Unlikely, it’s the income you understand 😉 Neither will they ban the Manx Grand Prix, car rallying, motor cycle trials et al. Our politicos make hypocrites look good.
        Interestingly they are about to place an order for a new sea ferry, do you think it’ll be fitted with sails? I don’t either.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        September 16, 2019 8:53 pm

        It might have lots of oars and a drummer…..

  7. Shoki Kaneda permalink
    September 16, 2019 2:45 pm

    No one cares if they virtue signal with their own money. It’s when they use other people’s money that it becomes a problem.

  8. September 16, 2019 2:53 pm

    Petty bureaucrats seeking to expand their empire and sense of self importance.

  9. Jack Broughton permalink
    September 16, 2019 3:05 pm

    What exactly is a “Climate emergency”? Where are the measurements to demonstrate any significant change from history anywhere in the UK? The media keep repeating the same drivel about future scenarios based on totally incorrect mathematical models of the present never mind the future: repeating the big lie is an old trick!

    • GEORGE L permalink
      September 16, 2019 3:57 pm

      As Professor Lindzen has pointed out, only in the models is there sensitivity and only in the minds of the alarmists is there a possibility of catastrophe. Another quote from that brave man, “The worst thing you can say is ‘There may not be a problem'”.

  10. Simon Kelly permalink
    September 16, 2019 3:55 pm

    Wow. It’s like they’re living in a parallel universe. Watching the video, I can’t help thinking about Christopher Booker’s piece on Groupthink

  11. tonyb permalink
    September 16, 2019 4:19 pm

    Of COURSE there is a climate emergency! You don’t think that much loved and sorely missed Ex PM Theresa May would have allocated 1 trillion pounds to fight it unless there was a dire need to prevent-according to Nature magazine-three hundredths of a degree temperature increase. .

    She has probably saved the world.

  12. Michael Adams permalink
    September 16, 2019 4:19 pm

    There is a climate emergency according to this lady

    I found he accent a bit difficult to understand so I turned on the sub-titles.

    It one we can do nothing to stop but its not one the IPCC is predicting. Maybe we should pump out more greenhouse gases to protect ourselves.

    Strange we haven’t heard much about this on MSM.

  13. September 16, 2019 4:22 pm

    This from Plymouth City Council today:

    “We need your views on climate change!

    Plymouth City Council is concerned about the impact of climate change. This is something which is having a global impact and is affecting all of us.

    Although Plymouth cannot resolve the climate change crisis on its own, we can make sure we play a part in tackling the issues.

    The Council has declared a climate emergency. This means that we are working with our partners to make Plymouth carbon neutral by 2030. The 2030 target stems from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report which outlined the impact of a temperature rise in excess of 1.5 Degrees Celsius. The report stated that urgent action was required tackle climate change.

    The Council is already doing a range of things to help make Plymouth carbon neutral. These include reducing Plymouth’s carbon footprint by decreasing carbon emissions, becoming more energy efficient, investing in renewable energy and taking action to offset carbon emissions, such as planting trees.

    There are other things the Council can influence through funding, policy and lobbying the Government.

    Everyone has a part to play in combating climate change and in helping Plymouth to become carbon neutral.

    We would like to know what you think about climate change and Plymouth becoming carbon neutral and to hear any suggestions you may have for helping Plymouth to play its part.

    The survey is open for consultation until 5pm on Monday 7th October 2019”

    It is a waste of time telling these idiots that the IPCC is a political (not a scientific) organisation and that scientists reporting to the IPCChave said you cannot calculate the future climate:
    “The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible”.

    • jack broughton permalink
      September 17, 2019 1:34 pm

      Thanks for this, at least I now know how to define a climate emergency: apparently it is to “work with partners to make an area carbon neutral by 2030”. The definition of emergency has clearly joined “unprecedented, expert, scientist etc” in the New-speak dictionary beloved of the mighty meja.

  14. September 16, 2019 4:31 pm

    Their Facebook discussion

      • Pancho Plail permalink
        September 16, 2019 5:39 pm

        Glad to see that people come third to trees and woods (and there is me thinking that woods are made up of trees).

      • dave permalink
        September 17, 2019 3:40 pm

        The legal definition is that a big, bushy thing growing is a “tree,” and when it can no longer grow it is “wood.”

        The distinction was defined, in early times, to allow certainty in contracts of tenancy.

  15. September 16, 2019 4:36 pm

    I’ve heard that some adults in the Greta Cult will be joining the Climate Strike on Friday 20th
    I met one

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      September 16, 2019 5:35 pm

      Strange thing. I was at a local Last Night at the Proms near my village. It was packed (about 400 people) but I noticed that two young teenage girls (not together) had braided their hair in a Greta style. Is thus a new phenomenon.

  16. September 16, 2019 4:41 pm

    Back in the real world it has been a bumper grain harvest in the UK.

  17. spetzer86 permalink
    September 16, 2019 4:45 pm

    The fix here is so easy. Just turn off the power and heat to all district buildings and sell any district vehicles. Carbon footprint handled, costs reduced, might be considered sustainable (until everything starts falling apart).

  18. September 16, 2019 5:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  19. September 16, 2019 6:00 pm

    This is rich from a council that wants to re-open its airport:

    “FlyPlymouth is the company created by local business people in 2015 to acquire, reopen and operate Plymouth airport. The Board and Management Team includes the core competence and experience required to deliver safe and sustainable operations at a reopened Plymouth Airport. ”

    Pot and kettle come to mind…

    • Dave Cowdell permalink
      September 16, 2019 6:48 pm

      Here in Wales, a climate emergency has been declared. The M4 relief road was canned partly due to citing the emergency. However, unaware of the irony, they attempted to decrease the passenger tax to attract an additional 600 thousand passengers to Cardiff Airport.
      Meanwhile carbon and energy intensive businesses are rapidly disappearing.
      To read the Welsh Government’s publication on the opportunities with low carbon is a bizarre experience of a parallel universe.

  20. It doesn't add up... permalink
    September 16, 2019 7:48 pm

    Meanwhile – disgraceful stuff from DEFRA and the Met Office, using RCP 8.5 for this (as pointed out by Roger Pielke):

  21. It doesn't add up... permalink
    September 16, 2019 8:03 pm

    Roger Pielke’s comment:

  22. Rudolph Hucker permalink
    September 16, 2019 8:25 pm

    If Politians continue to take notice of ‘Climate Experts’ biased drivel,the World will soon be in more Shit than than a Dung Beetle!!!

  23. Dibnah permalink
    September 16, 2019 8:43 pm

    This madness needs to be challenged in court, with the challenge based on the facts.

    • Bertie permalink
      September 17, 2019 10:21 am

      Well it has been. Mann lost!

      • Dibnah permalink
        September 19, 2019 7:06 am

        South Kesteven DC needs to be challenged in court: misuse of public funds. The challenge to be based on the fact that there is no proof to support the warmist’s hysterical hypotheses.

  24. Coeur de Lion permalink
    September 16, 2019 9:04 pm

    Hasn’t anyone explained to these people that nothing they do will make any difference to global temperatures? “Oh but we are setting an example “ To whom, pray?

  25. Graeme No.3 permalink
    September 16, 2019 11:18 pm

    I notice that there is to be a new Climate Officer, so the expense will be on-going (and increasing).
    Also, in the smallish print, “The cabinet meeting of SKDC yesterday also agreed to sell Market Deeping Town Hall for £1.” Even the land it is on would surely be worth more.

  26. nick addy permalink
    September 17, 2019 7:54 am

    What do you make of reporting on Channel 4 News on climate change be interesting to hear your view
    Regards Nick

    Sent from my iPhone

  27. calnorth permalink
    September 17, 2019 8:48 am

    Lincolnshire …well polluted by RAF jets anyway and down to a few hundred feet. Options: ban the military – add batteries?

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      September 18, 2019 8:24 am

      Carbon free fighter jets! 😂

  28. tom0mason permalink
    September 17, 2019 10:01 am

    South Kesteven District Council’s £50,000 of environmental initiatives? Sounds like a TAX and SPEND excuse to me, a method to penalize the poor (thus pressure them to move out).

  29. Jon Scott permalink
    September 17, 2019 6:02 pm

    I see there is a village full of idiots! These pathetic people wasting what little intellectual capacity they have AND PUBLIC money on BULLSHIT! More worthless people sucking on the public tit. What exactly does a climat change officer do ? Given that there is clearly a fundamental lack of scientific knowledge among the council or their advisers, what do they think adding one more worhtless mouth to feed from the public? Maybe this person will work out exotic climate change dances or poetry and making gifts for the god they worship because that is as pointless as what they suggest.

  30. Alan Haile permalink
    September 18, 2019 2:21 pm

    Hammersmith & Fulham Council declared a ‘climate emergency’ in July, after Extinction Rebellion staged a protest and threatened the council with further unspecified action unless they did as they were told. The council is run by a group of very dim Labour Party members but what surprised me was that the Conservative opposition also voted for this motion. I have written twice to the Conservative led councillor to ask why but he will not reply.

    Now the council have announced what they call a ‘pollution free delivery service’ – it’s so pathetic that it is almost funny.,6HK7F,6UGF1Y,PQY02,1

  31. Adam Gallon permalink
    September 19, 2019 6:08 pm

    I live there & I am absolutely furious! My local County Councillor will be getting an email.

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