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Meeting: 18/07/2019 - Council (Item 25)

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To deal with any public questions notified at least two clear working days before the meeting and in accordance with the Council’s protocol for public questions.


The following public questions were received and published on the Council’s website.

In accordance with the Council’s Protocol for Public Questions, the Chairman took the questions as read and took questions 1 to 5 and 7 together, being similar in nature:


1.    From Mr E Broomfield

Approx 200 authorities across all political parties up and down the country including Hampshire County Council have formally recognised the overwhelming urgency of taking immediate action to control global warming by declaring a climate emergency.  Under what circumstances would it be appropriate to vote differently from Hampshire County Council and these 200 authorities?

2.    From Mr R Knight


This evening you will discuss a motion concerning the climate emergency that currently exists, an emergency that arises due to insufficient action being taken since the burning of fossil fuels was first identified as a potential issue in 1830 by Alexander Van Humboldt.

The science proving that he was right was well established by 1959 and since that date we have confirmed this fact repeatedly with the only new data being the ever smaller window of opportunity to act to avoid catastrophic consequences.

We have the facts, the international consensus and the knowledge that action can be delayed no longer. We need this motion to pass, today, for all of our sakes. 

My three questions are:

To the Leader of the Conservative Councillors:

Will the Leader of the Conservative Councillors give a free vote and ensure that party rivalry and political strategising do not risk any further delay? 

If not, then please could he explain his reasoning as this is a cross-party motion?

The Chairman advised that a Local Authority has no responsibility for matters that fall to the Political Groups, therefore this is not a question that could be dealt with at Council.


To the Chairman of the meeting: 

Can a record of the votes by each Council Member be recorded and shared publicly?


3.    Mr D Barton

With so many voices, including Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg, stressing the importance for all levels of society to act, can you assure me that our District will take a leading role to ensure that whatever funds are allocated to projects, the reduction of CO2 is considered as the top priority.

4.    Mr J Hilton

I understand that declaring a climate emergency is one thing and taking actions that address the emergency is another. The skills required to address the crisis may not necessarily exist within the council. Will you form a citizens' assembly so that a wider range of views and experiences can be heard, with the aim of getting the best help quickly, moving to action sooner, and increasing accountability?

5.    Mr I James

Although China still has coal fired power generators it's per capita (that is per person) carbon dioxide emissions is still lower than the UK’s. However this is irrelevant to whether or not East Hampshire District Council adopts policies that will help control global warming. I believe everyone knows of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25