Leominster Town Council Update 
February 2020

Climate Change
As many of you will know, Leominster Town Council has declared a Climate Emergency and is currently working towards developing an action plan to reduce its carbon footprint.
In Herefordshire workshops have been organised to help councils begin to develop action plans. These have been organised by the Herefordshire Green Network under the title “The Great Collaboration”. The workshops are free and the Leominster event will be held on 6th February at the Talbot Hotel, West Street beginning at 6.30pm.
In declaring this climate emergency, the Town Council aims to: 
• Commit to an accelerated reduction of our carbon emissions, with the aspiration to become a carbon neutral community by 2050 at the latest in accordance with CCC recommendations. 
• To work with local partners to produce a carbon reduction plan and an action plan covering all relevant council strategies during 2020. 
• To work with our local community to enable them to take all possible measures to match or better our efforts, and to support our community at both an individual and business level to demonstrate, inspire and share best practice both within the parish and further afield. 
• To ensure our community buildings only use 100% renewable energy and lowest carbon where this is not possible. 
• To focus on local key issues, including public and community transport, recycling, management of our open spaces to help protect and enhance biodiversity, and other areas where we can have a positive role to play. 
• To strongly encourage Herefordshire Council, and departments within it, to act in accordance with wider international agreements relating to climate as an absolute minimum.
• To help provide the necessary resource to deliver on this carbon reduction commitment, and to monitor and report annually on our progress.

Tourist Information Centre Update
Here at Leominster Tourist Information Centre, we are getting ready for the 2020 season. Our brochures, leaflets and guides for attractions and destinations, both near and far, have begun to arrive. Please come in and visit us and begin planning your adventures for the coming year.
February is a great time of year to enjoy some of the countryside we have in North Herefordshire. Snowdrops coat the ground, the days become longer, so why not pull on your walking boots and explore the area in which we live? We stock a wide range of walking guides and maps. Such as the Kittiwake range of books covering mainly circular walks in the Leominster & Hereford area (from £4.99). Our range of Ordnance Survey maps also cover our area and beyond (£8.99). If you are looking at joining an organised walking group, come in and we will be able to advise you on some of the groups running in the area. 
Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us. We stock a great range of locally made jewellery, including items of cutlery crafted into bracelets, enamelled jewellery and wire jewellery. For those who enjoy a little tipple, we have a wide range of locally produced alcoholic drinks. Including our new Framboise, produced in nearby Lyonshall. Not forgetting ciders, ales and much more. 
Leominster Tourist Information Centre is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am until 4pm.

Through the Wardrobe, the annual Christmas event put on by Leominster Town Council for the children of Leominster, took place on Saturday 14th December. 540 people bravely faced the poor weather conditions to enjoy our winter wonderland. A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and services and to everyone who ventured “Through the Wardrobe”.
We are hoping to put Through the Wardrobe on again in early December 2020. We will announce in Leominster News, on social media and in the TIC the date in due course. Tickets will be available, first come first served, in the autumn.

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