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Change Our District's Future

Canterbury City Council Declare a Climate Emergency

SUCCess for lib dem motion - Jul 2019

Canterbury City Council, through a unanimous vote of councillors at a Full Council meeting, has declared a climate change emergency and set a target for the council to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030. This is a huge victory for all who have campaigned for this for many years. Who would have thought a few short months ago that we could gain cross party unanimous support for an issue that has been dismissed time and again in the past?

"We have a very small window in which to take action. There are costs involved, but not acting now will cost the earth. This is why we put our motion to the city council to declare a Climate Emergency to raise awareness, and support the public to take effective action."

Cllr Mike Sole

"This is no longer a fringe issue, 27 other councils have already declared a climate emergency. This is the chance for Canterbury to take its rightful place alongside other great cities such as Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool, Oxford, Manchester, Nottingham and Richmond by becoming a leader on an issue vital to all of our futures. We will feel the short term benefits in a cleaner and greener city, whilst doing our bit to tackle the global crisis."

Cllr Alex Ricketts

Read our Climate Emergency motion in full.

Recent updates

  • Article: May 25, 2019
    By Caitlin Webb in Kent Online

    Care leavers under the age of 25 are one step closer to being exempt from paying council tax. Members of Kent County Council have agreed to pursue proposals brought forward by the authority's young people's council, made up of youths who have been in social care. It will approach the 12 district and borough authorities after discussing the plans at the full council meeting today.

  • Article: Apr 27, 2019

    At the council meeting on 25 April the Conservatives put forward a motion to get improvements made to mobile phone coverage in Canterbury. All well and good you may say. But why wait until a few days before the election to put forward this plan?

    The Conservatives then went on to talk about and to promote 5G which has a couple of important question marks attached to it. It relies on a high frequency focused signal that may be harmful to both people and wildlife. 5G is also technically linked to HUAWEI, a Chinese company about which many in government have serious security concerns. Given these reservations, Lib Dem Cllrs Nick Eden-Green and Michael Dixey said the motion should be amended to ensure that people in Canterbury are at least consulted before any plans go ahead.

    The Conservatives block voted the amendment down. Once more they displayed their utter refusal to consult with local people.

    After the meeting Nick said, 'I'm not saying better mobile coverage isn't wanted or that 5G is or is not the answer. But it is controversial and on any issue of this sort we absolutely must consult before we take action. That was all my amendment sought to do. Once more the Conservatives refuse to engage, or even talk to local people.'

  • Article: Apr 16, 2019
    Tomorrow the Council's P&R comittee meet to debate the Lib Dem motion on climate. The motion chimes very much with our manifesto commitment to put the environment at the heart of everything we do. Environmental issues are also part of other sections of our manifesto such as the section on transport entitled "Getting us moving" or on "Housing and Homes".