Councillor Matt Bryan appointed as Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency

Councillor Matt Bryan has been appointed to the new post of Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and will be welcomed by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Louise Gittins, at a Council Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 13 May.

Councillor Bryan, ward member for Upton, takes on this role following the work he has done over the last year as Leader’s Champion for Climate Emergency. In his new role he will continue to chair the Climate Emergency Taskforce, a cross party group formed to understand and plan for the implications, risks and new opportunities for the borough presented by climate change.

As Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency the following areas will fall under his portfolio.
• Domestic energy
• Carbon reduction
• Climate change and sustainability
• Energy infrastructure
• Wildflower and biodiversity strategy
• Countryside, green spaces and The Mersey Forest

Councillor Simon Eardley, ward member for Saughall and Mollington, will become Shadow Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency.

Councillor Matt Bryan, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency said:I’m delighted to be appointed to this new role and I’m eager to continue working on this challenge and other projects that link into the work the Council is doing to tackle the impacts of climate change.

“I’m a committed environmental campaigner and believe, that together with our communities, activists, partners and local businesses, we can become carbon neutral as a borough and play our part in protecting the world for future generations. There has been significant investment allocated in pursuit of our challenge. We have been following the data and science in detail over the last 12 months and I’m looking forward to using this knowledge to implement our council plan over the next few years.”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said:I’m really pleased to announce that Councillor Bryan has been appointed as Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency. The role will build on the important work that he has done so far as Leader’s Champion for the Climate Emergency and will put climate change at the heart of all the Council’s work.