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Responses to key strategies

London Councils responds to consultations from government and the Mayor of London on key strategic aims.

Draft London Environment Strategy - Autumn 2017

We have reponded to the Mayor's draft London Environment Strategy which he consulted on between August and November 2017.

The key themes of our response were:

  • The need for the final strategy to reflect the true state of the funding pressures that the boroughs face and the knock on effect this has on specific areas such as enforcement and ongoing management and maintenance of measures directly linked to the strategy.
  • There is a lack of detail on the practicalities of delivering many of the proposals within the draft LES.
  • There is a lack of costing for many of the targets in the strategy. 
  • London Councils’ recognises the benefits that using offsetting mechanisms can bring, but should be a last option to reduce carbon.
  • We feel the themes of a low carbon circular economy could be woven throughout the different sections of the draft LES a little more effectively. 
  • We feel the Mayor should use his influencing and convening powers to lobby central government for further funding and devolution of powers to London to ensure that the capital can achieve the aims set out in the draft LES. 
  • The impacts of Brexit on Environmental legislation in the UK. London should aim to be a leader in environmental standards following the UK’s exit from the EU. 

Our response can be read in full here.