DORSET Council's Climate and Ecological Emergency strategy consultation has been extended because of the pandemic lockdown.

Originally set to run until mid-December, the consultation was to allow residents and businesses across the county the chance to comment on the authority's proposed actions to mitigate climate change.

Following previous consultation on the strategy eight key themes were identified.

These included renewable energy, economy, natural assets, food and drink, buildings, transport, waste and water.

Because the four-week lockdown has prevented many people from accessing paper copies of the consultation, councillors have opted to extend the time people have to complete the questionnaire both on and offline until Wednesday, January 20.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for highways, travel and environment, said: "We want as many people to respond to our Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy consultation as possible and this means providing ample opportunity for all interested residents to have their say.

"Our original plan was to provide paper copies and online access via our libraries across the county, but the lockdown has prevented this from happening for a few weeks.

"As a result, it’s only fair and logical that we extend the consultation period accordingly.

"I strongly encourage everyone to head over to our website, have a read of the strategy and complete the survey.

"Those who need offline copies of the documents can request these by calling 01305 221000 or waiting until their local library reopens once again.”

Dorset Council elected members and town and parish councils have also been provided with the offline version of the survey.

Visit dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/climate-strategy to read the strategy document, and to access links to introductory videos and supporting documents, as well as the survey.