Zero Hour the campaign group behind the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill have sent a letter to all East Sussex County Councillors. The groups Campaign Coordinator writes that that the decision to not support the Bill was based on statements that were either untrue or countered positions previously stated by the Government. Therefore, it was an act of bad governance. It asks certain Councillors to admit mistakes and correct the record as is customary when such errors have been made. It also asks for the decision to be reconsidered.
The full text of the letter is pasted below;
Dear Cllrs Galley, Bennett, Taylor and all East Sussex County Councillors,
Climate and Ecology Bill (CE Bill) aka Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill
On 12th October 2021 East Sussex County Council voted not to support the CE Bill. That decision was based on incorrect information, false statements and by misleading interpretation of Government policy. To make decisions on this basis is...
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