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Tunbridge Wells Borough Council declares climate emergency

ByRebecca Tuffin

Yet another Kent council has declared a climate emergency.

Labour and Conservative members at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have joined forces to recognise they "need to do more" to protect the planet.

The motion was proposed by Tory councillor Jane March with Labour's Luke Everitt as seconder.

Tunbridge Wells is the latest to declare a climate emergency
Tunbridge Wells is the latest to declare a climate emergency

It was passed unanimously by full council with just one abstention.

Six local people spoke at the meeting before council members made their final decision.

Mr Everitt said: "We put normal party politics behind us and the motion gained cross-party support - it was a nice acception to the rule."

The council recognises "the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence pointing to man-made climate change" and its responsibility to help.

Cllr Luke Everitt
Cllr Luke Everitt

Councillors will now begin working on a report on how to address the emergency, with the first step being forming a task force with a representative from each political party.

The main aim is to make the borough carbon neural by 2030.

To do this, environmental and sustainability impact will be considered in relation to all council services.

Future plans and strategies, including the Local Plan, will establish how they can contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

An effort will be made to ensure young people have a voice in shaping the future by setting up a Citizen’s Assembly.

The council will also lobby central government to provide additional resources.

Find out the other Kent councils which have declared a climate emergency

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