My green action plan for Devon here is set to be referred to a newly established multi-organisation board, led by Devon County Council, its all Conservative cabinet agreed today.
I said I was pleased that my motion was being referred to the environment performance board, however, I was somewhat disappointed that the officer response to each of my points was unenthusiastic and seemed unwilling to do something a bit different or think outside the box, beyond the usual process.
I said that the reason climate change had shot up the political agenda and was now firmly planted in the public consciousness was because of one group – Extinction Rebellion, taking matters into their own hands and being radical. And that was what was needed as up until now, climate change had not been taken seriously.
I said I appreciated that some of my points were radical such as, calling on the government for all pollinators to be protected, and writing to stockists of bee killing pesticides and urging them to cease stocking them, however, being radical was what was needed, adding that I accepted that some negotiation may be necessary for the motion to be acceptable to everyone.
Environment portfolioholder, Roger Croad, replied that he thought my motion needed ‘finessing’ and he wouldn’t be in favour of protecting wasps. However, sounded like he may be open to negotiate and added would invite me to address the environment performance board.
Non cabinet councillors, Rob Hannaford, Jacqui Hodgson and Alistair Dewhirst all spoke in support of the motion.
Here’s the webcast from the meeting – https://devoncc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/413633 – see item 8. You can click on individual names to hear what various councillors said.
I have since written to the relevant officer asking when the next environment performance board is.
My motion will come before full council on Thursday 25 July for the debate and decision.
Pic: Me addressing councillors on Devon County Council’s cabinet this morning.