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Tories try to abolish post responsible for tackling climate emergency


At last Tuesday’s Cheltenham Borough Council meeting, Conservative councillors proposed to abolish the Cabinet Position responsible for tackling the Climate Emergency.

Last Tuesday Cheltenham Borough Council considered the 2021/22 budget, aimed at continuing Cheltenham’s COVID recovery by investing in the local economy and tackling the climate emergency.

However, when the Conservatives proposed their amendments they attempted to abolish three cabinet positions, including the post responsible for tackling the climate emergency and delivering a carbon neutral borough and council by 2030. 

The “Climate and communities” post was created last September, and is responsible for helping communities be at the forefront of tackling the climate emergency.

Commenting on this attempt, Cllr Max Wilkinson said:

“Cheltenham Borough Council unanimously backed declaring a Climate Emergency back in 2019 yet, less than two years later, the Conservatives have attempted to undermine our efforts to tackle this challenge and deliver a carbon neutral borough.

“In the short time since declaring a climate emergency we have already achieved a great deal: hosting a climate conference, publishing the Carbon Neutral Cheltenham report and issuing our roadmap to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.  To abolish the dedicated post just when momentum is ramping up would be madness. 

“We all know Cheltenham Conservatives are only green when it suits them, and last night they once again showed their true colours.”


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