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Climate Protesters at County Hall and Councillors walk out

January 21, 2020 4:31 PM

About 20 climate protesters interrupted a Budget meeting with loud hailers and whistles at County Hall today causing the meeting to be suspended whilst they made their statement to the largely empty chamber. Only Liberal Democrat and Labour Councillors stayed to hear what they had to say.

Extinction Rebellion at County Hall 210120The protesters said that the County Council had failed to explain the urgency of the climate change situation to Kent residents, failed to agree effective emission targets, failed to set aside money to carry out the necessary changes and failed to set up Citizens Assemblies which could discuss residents views on the environmental impact of KCC policies.

Malling Lib Dem Councillor Trudy Dean said "I stayed to hear what the protesters had to say and they were right. Lib Dems have proposed or supported moves to reduce emission targets by 2030, proposed that all new homes should have electric vehicle charging points, and proposed reducing costs of public transport for people with disabilities. All these have been turned down by Conservative Councillors.

"We also proposed a right of public address at County Council meetings and that was refused too. Not only has the Conservative controlled KCC failed to take effective action to tackle climate change, it also refuses to give people who disagree a voice at County Hall."