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Councillor urges climate group: 'Tell us what we can actually do'

By David Hannant, Local Democracy Reporter

The chairman of a new group tasked with speeding up Norfolk County Council’s carbon reduction has issued an open invitation to the climate campaigners who occupied County Hall to return.

In February, the Extinction Rebellion group staged a protest which brought the authority's annual budget meeting to a standstill for more than four hours.

Extinction Rebellion. (9050220)
Extinction Rebellion. (9050220)

The following months saw a motion passed acknowledging the council needed to take “urgent action” over climate change.

That motion was discussed at the first meeting of the council's new infrastructure and development select committee today.

And it was during this discussion that Conservative councillor Barry Stone, who will chair a climate change task group of the council, laid down the gauntlet to the group.

He said: “I would like to see a main representative from the group come along [to the task group] and give their point of view; tell us what they actually hope to achieve in the context of what we can actually do as a council.”

Earlier this month, activists also staged a protest outside Lynn Town Hall ahead of the West Norfolk Council mayormaking ceremony.

Ahead of the meeting, council officials proposed inviting a panel of experts to give evidence to the committee's scheduled session in July.

Members are expected to present recommendations for action to the council in November and officers said the scheduling would enable the committee to draw up and debate draft proposals before then.


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