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Sixth council priority aims to protect environment for future generations

PROTECTING and making the most of our city's natural resources and biodiversity are set to be at the heart of Swansea Council's priorities for the future.

While Swansea is home to Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the council is also working hard to play its part in protecting and improving the environment for future generations, more needs to be done.

And the latest step in reinforcing the city's contribution to the wellbeing of its communities has been to agree a sixth priority for the council's corporate plan, its vision for the future of the city.

The plan already lists its five priorities as safeguarding the vulnerable, tackling poverty, improving educational attainment, transforming economic and infrastructure development and transforming council services so they are fit for the future.

The new priority - maintaining and enhancing Swansea's natural resources and diversity - will link in with the five other priorities focussing on the needs and ambitions of the people of Swansea. All six of them will help shape vital council services that touch the lives of residents every day.

Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, said: "The Council already does a huge amount of work to protect and promote our natural resources and biodiversity.

"For example we've been investing millions of pounds in energy-saving vehicles and street lights as well as building a new generation of social housing that cuts the costs of household energy bills and reduces their impact on the environment. In addition to that our effort to increase recycling is directly linked to reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill.

"Its natural environment is a key part of what makes Swansea the place it is today. Thousands of jobs depend on the tourism revenue generated by the AONB. But there's more to it than that because our health and well-being is also linked to having access to open and green spaces for recreation and enjoyment.

"The people of Swansea have told us they want the council to be leading the way locally on protecting the environment and tackling climate change. Our sixth priority complements the work being done to support the other five and will ensure they play their part in delivering efficient, effective services for all the people of Swansea."

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