East Devon aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 following motion from 20-year-old (Lib Dem) councillor:
Straightforward? Er, no – several councillors (Tory and Independent Group) refused to back this because they said it was too ambitious.
Councillors voted by 30 votes to 23 to agree to adopt a 2040 target for the council to be carbon neutral by.
East Devon Alliance were councillors happy to back the young Lib Dem who brought the motion to council. So who didn’t?
As explained by EDA Councillor Paul Arnott in his unique style:
“Anyone hearing Devon flannel merchant and Tory grotesque Geoffrey Cox talking through his fundament on Any Questions with unreassuring ease about climate change may see why I had to back this. Superb speeches from 3 20 year old East Devonians at our full council last week and a motion from Luke, the splendid 19 year old Liberal, said it all.
Needless to say, all Tories, and Cabinet loyalists voted against. I called for a recorded vote. When the names of those who voted for are published with the minutes, that, in my opinion, is the group likely to deliver real change as demanded by the electorate in May.”
Some councillors showing a lot more independence and a lot less Group …