At the latest Full Council meeting, conservative councillors rejected a motion put forward by the council's climate champion, Cllr Neil Gwynne, that supported the CEE Bill (re action on the climate emergency) which is currently going through parliament.
The motion proposed the council giving support to the bill as well as writing to local MP's Caroline Nokes and Kit Malthouse asking them to support the bill as well.
Statement on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Test Valley Liberal Democrats share the nation's feelings of sadness of the passing of HRH Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke dedicated his life to the Queen and service to our Country. He was also a practical and hardworking inspiration to us all and always stressed the need to get on with things. We acknowledge and respect his example.
Latest Government figures show that the annual waste generated per person here reduced by less than the weight of 2 bags of sugar in 5 years.
Only 36.9% of the waste collected from homes in Test Valley is recycled or reused compared with an average of 47.6% for the South East as a whole.
Is it just coincidence that the top three councils for recycling in Hampshire are all controlled by Liberal Democrats?
HCC too needs a clear plan to invest in renewables to create green energy.
Liberal Democrats have the climate emergency at the heart of all of our policies. We will target zero emissions by 2035 - 15 years ahead of the current vague and unambitious plan.
We will rethink public transport, support greening homes, tackle air quality and demand a healthier Hampshire for all.
We need action - not excuses. We need ambition in Hampshire - not empty words. If we don't take action locally, it will literally cost us the Earth.
Bulb planting that took place has now come to fruition. Hundreds of daffodils have now risen and are flowering in the sunshine in Baddesley division.
"Just one year after these 4,000 bulbs where planted by me with the help of local schoolchildren, they have produced this magnificient display, to brighten our days . Around Valley Park there are now 30,000 daffodils, all funded by local businesses"
Hampshire County Council Tories are planning to cut the grants of two organisations which have done hugely valuable work during the pandemic.
Hampshire Councils for the Voluntary Sector (HCVS) and Citizens Advice (CA) are to have their grants cut by 10%. In each of the last three years HCVS received £551,100. Volunteers have helped 1,000s over the last year. Their reward? Their grant is cut to £495,990. The Citizens Advice grant is down from £70,000 to £63,000.
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