An Uttlesford district councillor has provided an update into environmental and green issues which are impacting Dunmow.

Cllr Louise Pepper, who represents Great Dunmow North ward on Uttlesford District Council, explained where funding has been allocated to tackle climate change within the district.

The Zero Carbon Communities Grant Fund, worth £300,000, has been launched to support community groups to take action.

Non-profit groups and organisations, including town and parish councils, can apply for funding for new projects which are focused on carbon emission reduction, community engagement in climate change, or ecological enhancement within the community.

The first round of funding is open until January, with grants of between £1,000 and £35,000 available.

More information is available on the council's website, and a webinar to support the fund will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 15. To receive a joining link email

The district council has also provided funding of £4,925 for the Flitch Way Action Group to investigate options for cycle links between the Flitch Way and the south side of Bishop's Stortford, Stansted Airport and Start Hill.

According to the report, transport is Uttlesford's highest CO2 emitter. In the district 12 per cent of people commute by public transport, one per cent cycle and nine per cent walk.

Cllr Pepper pointed out the health benefits of walking and cycling, but added that these will not be the preferred option during the winter months, so "adequate public transport is essential".

She said: "It's imperative we promote bus travel throughout the Dunmow area and make sure choices in sustainable travel options are available and remain a key priority."

The update also explored how Uttlesford District Council is assisting with the energy crisis. 

There is advice available on the district council's website about energy efficiency, and from the Council for Volunteer Service Uttlesford.

Government-funded Sustainable Warmth grants of up to £10,000 are designed to support those households most impacted by rising energy bills.

Funding is available for homeowners, private tenants and people in social rented accommodation who live in a home with a low energy rating and have a household income of less than £30,000 a year, or who are unemployed and receiving benefits.