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Residents from across North Dorset who recently met local MP Simon Hoare to discuss climate change said they were worried about a lack of progress in building new houses and estates with environmentally-friendly features.

One of the organisers behind last week’s meeting, Mandy Greenwood from Gillingham, also said the lack of local public transport and safe cycling routes and a feeling frustration at the lack of publicity and direction from the government about tackling the declared climate emergency were raised too.

‘ The widespread wish for cross-party cooperation in dealing with such an all pervasive issue was also clearly expressed,’ she said.

At the end of the meeting Mr Hoare suggested holding further open meetings on the issue.

‘Simon Hoare took away 20 points that had been raised to present for consideration by Parliamentary groups,’ said Mandy Greenwood.

Also present at the meeting with 100 local people was Councillor Ray Bryan from Dorset Council who holds the portfolio for Highways, Travel and Environment.

‘He was able to provide some helpful insight into the role of the council and its priorities,’ Mandy Greenwood said.

She said the date and venue of the next meeting and its venue was still being discussed and further information will follow on the Gillingham and Shaftesbury News website, on Facebook and other media.

For more information please contact Mandy Greenwood at mandy_greenwood@hotmail.com or on 07876 298695.

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