Climate Change and Environmental Wellbeing Committee

Councillor Pat Garbutt 

Chair: Councillor Olivia Rowley

This committee is specifically involved in scrutinising, monitoring and reviewing:

Climate Change

  • Scrutinise the work of the Climate Emergency Programme Board.
  • Scrutinise the delivery of the Council’s ten-year Climate Emergency Action Plan.
  • Work being undertaken to make the Council a Carbon Neutral organisation before 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
  • How the Council is working and engaging with all other public and private sector bodies towards making the entire District zero carbon within the same timescale.
  • Review the Council’s practices, policies, and procedures to develop an understanding of emission impacts on the District.
  • Development of mitigation strategies to enable communities to become more resilient in the face of climate change.
  • Learning from best practice in other cities.
  • Consider the extent to which Cabinet and Council recommendations are reducing carbon emissions, to be developed in the context of environmental responsibility, economic prosperity and social equity.
  • Measures being undertaken to increase the provision of sustainable public and private sector housing – including affordability, rented and student accommodation.

Environmental Wellbeing

  • Sustainable development and climate change.
  • Duties described / provided under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
  • Work undertaken to address issues in relation to waste collection and disposal including the measures in place to increase recycling rates and the reduction of landfill costs.
  • Work undertaken to address issues relating to the streetscene and public open spaces.
  • Environmental enforcement.

Transportation and Highways

  • Delivery of the West Yorkshire Transport Plan
  • Transportation and Highways issues including (the network, connectivity, road safety, footpaths and public rights of way).
  • The work of Leeds City Region and the Combined Authority - and/or other public bodies or partnerships (e.g. WEP) that deliver services to the people of Wakefield in relation to transport.

Committee Membership


  • Councillor David Dagger
  • Councillor Harry Ellis (Deputy Chair)

  • Councillor Nick Farmer

  • Councillor Thomas Gordon

  • Councillor Samantha Harvey

  • Councillor Olivia Rowley (Chair)

  • Councillor Graham Stokes 

  • Councillor Kevin Swift
  • Councillor Richard Taylor
  • Councillor Steve Tulley 

  • Councillor Tony Wallis

Co-opted Members (recruited from the general public)

  • Eric Burkes
  • Lawrence Doyle
  • Steve Wise
  • Ian Bain

Minutes, agendas and future meetings

Our meetings database contains minutes, agendas and future meeting dates of the Management Board and the committees.

Contact us

Overview and Scrutiny Office

County Hall

01924 306736/5133