Notice is hereby given that Westmeath County Council has prepared a draft Local Authority Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in accordance with the provisions of The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and the National Adaptation Framework (NAF), 2018.
Climate change is recognised as a global challenge with policy responses required in terms of both mitigating the causes of climate change and in adapting to the inevitable consequences of our changing climate.
The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy represents a proactive step by Westmeath County Council in the process of adaptation planning to build resilience and respond effectively to the threats posed by climate change.
The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy takes on the role as the primary instrument at local level to:
(i) ensure a proper comprehension of the key risks and vulnerabilities of climate change
(ii) bring forward the implementation of climate resilient actions in a planned and proactive manner and,
(iii) ensure that climate adaptation considerations are mainstreamed into all plans and policies and integrated into all operations and functions of Westmeath County Council.
Accompanying the draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is:
(i) A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report in accordance with the SEA Directive (DIR 2001/42/EC) and pursuant to European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004 (SI 435 of 2004 as amended by SI 200 of 2011) and,
(ii) An Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report in accordance with the requirements of Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC).
A copy of the draft strategy, and may be viewed on the Councils’ website: http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/environment/itemsonpublicdisplay or inspected during the period (4 weeks) from Saturday 13th July 2019 to Tuesday 13th August 2019 (both dates inclusive) at the following locations during normal business hours:
- Westmeath County Council, Áras an Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar and at
- Athlone Civic Centre, Church St, Athlone
The adaptation strategy, and may also be viewed on the Government Public Consultations Portal at https://gov.ie/consultations
Making a Submission:
Submissions or observations may be made:
• by e-mail to ClimateChange@westmeathcoco.ie or
• in writing to Director of Services, Environment, Climate Action, Water & Emergency Services, Westmeath County Council, Aras and Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath before 5pm on Tuesday 13th August 2019.
Submissions or observations should state your name, address and where relevant the organisation/body etc. represented. Please make your submission by one medium only i.e. post/hard copy or email.
Any written submissions or observations received within the timeframe will be taken into consideration before the making of the strategy. You are invited to make written submissions/ observations in respect of the draft strategy and the accompanying SEA and AA screening reports.
Please note that all submissions may be available for public viewing during the period of making the strategy. Westmeath County Council will treat all personal data as confidential and will retain data for no longer than is necessary for the purpose of this Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and in accordance with the Council’s Retention Policy and relevant Data Protection legislation.
Director of Services, Environment Climate Action, Water & Emergency Services.