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'Commons Sense': Dominic Grieve on the environment and the Government's action on plastic waste

Dominic Grieve

Dominic Grieve

One of the greatest joys of living in this area is the surrounding countryside.

Living adjacent to areas of beautiful countryside such as the Colne Valley and the Chilterns seems almost incongruous with our proximity to London – and managing the balance between the ever-expanding nature of London and the protection of this countryside is far from an easy prospect.

Last year, I joined groups of volunteers cleaning up our local area, picking up litter and cleaning streams.

I have always been committed to protecting our local environment, and I was heartened by these residents’ determination to preserve these precious rural areas.

Alongside such laudable local initiatives as these, I am pleased that a national effort to protect our environment across the country, as well as our coastlines, is being developed.

The Government’s action on plastic waste, for instance, has led to nine billion fewer plastic bags in circulation, while banning microbeads has been a good start to protecting our aquatic life.

The Secretary of State for the Environment visited Buckinghamshire in December and discussed, among other things, the need to mitigate any environmental impact from HS2 or the expansion of house building programmes on the Greater London borders.

I will continue, over the coming year and beyond, to work to ensure the highest standards of planning control are upheld, and to highlight the need to protect our greenbelt as far as possible. I welcome the recent rapid improvements in environmental legislation, and look forward to seeing our local area continue to provide just the same outstanding environment to live, work, and raise families.

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