Councillors in Wem will be asked to make a pledge to be 'carbon-neutral' by 2030 as part of their full town council meeting on Thursday.

The agenda item has been put forward by Councillor Chris Mellings, who also represents the area at Shropshire Council, as a way of playing its part in combatting climate change.

In his agenda item at the meeting, which starts at 7pm in the Roden Suite at Edinburgh House, Cllr Mellings has asked that the town council 'supports the declaration of a climate emergency; pledges to make the council carbon neutral by 2030; calls on Westminster to provide powers and resources to make this possible and to sign up to the Covenant of Mayors'.

Cllr Mellings has also tabled a motion that the planning and transport committee develops a detailed 'Action Plan' in pursuit of the above objectives and reports back within six months.

Meanwhile, there will be a private session in the meeting – which excludes press and public – where councillors are expected to 'approve and give consent to the assignment of the leases of both Bowens Field (under the 1974 lease) and the Recreation Ground (under the 1967 lease) between the

Urban Parish Council of Wem (1) and a number of Trustees on behalf of the Wem Sports and Social Association'.

They are also set to confirm the under-letting of the Hall, Bar and Members Lounge at Wem Sports and Social Club to the sub-tenant being Wem Sports and Social Club Limited.

Other items on the agenda include a discussion of the condition of a rebuilt wall at the front of a new development at Mill Bank in Mill Street.

Councillors will be asked to consider the purchase of a heat exchange unit for the swimming pool and there will be a considerations of a response on the current Shropshire Council consultation for a reduction in bus services across the county.

A number of services across the county are under threat and councillors will be asked to put forward their views.