A TOP politician has defended Kirklees Council's new 20-year plan to protect the environment.

The Conservative cabinet considered an updated 2025 Environment Vision statement last week.

The new policy has three key aims - to reduce greenhouse gases, to raise the environmental standards of buildings and to develop a green network involving such things as cycleways.

Lib Dem councillor Ann Denham criticised the move, saying that raising awareness of green issues also needed to be a priority.

But environment cabinet member Clr Martyn Bolt has hit back.

He said: "This is a broad brush statement and we need to focus on delivery rather than vision.

"I think it's rubbish to say that things like raising awareness need to be spelled out."

And the Mirfield Conservative said Kirklees' environmental record was worth celebrating.

Clr Bolt said: "We have very professional officers in the environment department .

"You'd have to be out of touch not to realise that we're doing well."