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Executive Councillor for Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity


The portfolio is scrutinised by the Environment and Community Scrutiny Committee and covers the following:


Plans, policies and strategies

The development, implementation and monitoring of the Council’s plans, policies and strategies relating to:

  • The climate crisis
  • The biodiversity emergency
  • Environment in Cambridge
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Circular economy
  • Environmental Health and licensing (excluding those functions which are the responsibility of the Executive Councillor for Housing or Licensing Committee).
  • Ensure that the climate and biodiversity emergencies are considered in all initiatives in their portfolio and ensure their portfolio contributes towards Cambridge becoming a zero carbon city


The Council’s responsibilities for food and occupational safety i.e. 

·  Food hygiene and safety

·  Health and safety

·  Drinking water

·  Sale of game 

·  Control of infectious diseases 

·  Acupuncture, tattooing, ear piercing and electrolysis. 



Functions and Services

The exercise of the Council’s functions and the delivery of services including


·  Co-ordinating work by all Executive Councillors and Committees on Climate Change (environmental considerations to specifically include Climate Change)

·  Co-ordinating work by all Executive Councillors and Committees on Biodiversity

·  Contaminated land; radioactive substances

·  Refuse collection and recycling 

·  Monitoring and control of water, air and noise pollution, including lead for the Council on reducing air pollution in the city centre from vehicles

·  Control of pests and nuisances

·  Street trading

·  Markets

·  Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles

·  Fleet and garage management.

·  streets cleansing and maintenance

·  public toilet provision

·  environmental enforcement

·  control of dogs and other animals and all matters concerned with animal welfare.

The relevant exercise of compulsory purchase powers.


More Information


·  Executive posts and links to their details

·  The Executive Committee

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