ELECTRIC cars and more trees are needed in Southend to make the town carbon neutral by 2030.

Southend Council is expected to declare a climate change emergency two months after delaying the decision.

As part of the pledge the council will work to be carbon neutral and have greenhouse gas emissions cut.

Hundreds of councils have already made the declaration which was deferred in Southend in July.

Councillor Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Becoming a carbon neutral borough by 2030 is a huge task but one we are determined to meet head-on. We want to make a real and tangible difference across the borough and ensure we are doing our bit to tackle climate change.

“We have already committed to installing an additional 87 electric vehicle charging points across the town, and we are also currently considering a new tree planting policy, which will look to enhance the green coverage across Southend.”

She added the council has already reduced emissions from its own buildings by 75 per cent since 2014 and emissions across the borough have dropped by 35 per cent since 2005.

Much of these reductions have been achieved through projects funded through the European Union but the council revealed in January that a no deal Brexit would put several of these projects under threat.

The Government has promised to provide some funding to cover EU-funded projects from 2021 through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) but in a new cabinet report, the council notes that there are “currently no details as to the value, nature and timing of this fund”.

Councillor Matt Dent, who was among the councillors to propose the climate emergency, said the motion is a big opportunity to make a difference to the environment but admitted losing the funding of EU-funded projects linked to the environment is a “definite concern”.