The Powys Welsh Liberal Democrat Council group has accused the ruling Conservative & Independent Group of once again voting against action to tackle climate change.
The motion, put forward by Cllr Jackie Charlton (Llangattock) and seconded by Cllr Jake Berriman (Llandrindod Wells North) would have encouraged Powys County Council to participate in the Step Change – One Planet scheme which provides support on action planning, engagement and the measuring of carbon reduction.
The Welsh Liberal Democrat group has argued this is the second time the Conservative & Independent have “buried their heads in the sand” on climate change, with the Conservative & Independent initially resisting moves by the Welsh Lib Dems to declare a climate emergency last year.
Commenting Councillor Jackie Charlton said:
“It’s really disappointing to see the Conservative & Independent Administrations reject what is regarded as a sensible motion for seemingly political reasons. The Welsh Liberal Democrat Group has been supportive of the work carried out by the Council since our climate emergency motion and we supported the work of Powys around COP26.
“We want Powys to be a leader within Wales rather than a follower and the One Planet Standard will help us to achieve that.
“It is unacceptable that Council Leader Rosemarie Harris seems to want to shut down discussions on bringing forward measures such as these in the future, this motion would have enhanced and supported the work of council officers rather than overstretched them as she suggests.
“I was also disappointed to see Cllr McIntosh influence the vote in the private ‘chat box’ on Microsoft Teams which is highly irregular and why he was reminded of his duty on that issue by the Chair.
“The climate crisis is the largest issue of our time and the Conservative & Independent Administration must do better if we are to leave Powys in a fit state for future generations.”