Councillors heckled at meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Environment and Climate Change Select Committee

Councillors heckled at meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Environment and Climate Change Select Committee

Councillors heckled at meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Environment and Climate Change Select Committee

                                

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Environment and Climate Change Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 16th December 2019 Part 1 of 5

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Environment and Climate Change Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 16th December 2019 Part 5 of 5

Environment and Climate Change Committee (Liverpool City Council) 17th December 2019
Environment and Climate Change Committee (Liverpool City Council) 17th December 2019

Liverpool, always the home of progressivism had suffered a bit of a setback to its revolutionary verve of late and a public meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Environment and Climate Change Select Committee happened like a Balzacian play about the Ancien Régime set in the time of the French Revolution (indeed one suggestion made during the meeting was for a citizens’ assembly).

The meeting started with the microphones not working and a Liverpool City Council employee requesting an adjournment. Around a dozen members of the public were present.

Written questions from the public ranged on topics from the expansion of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, the South Liverpool Key Corridor, recycling, parks, the sale of land, the change of use of land, public question time itself, green space, wildflowers, public transport, trees, the Cruise Liner Terminal, rubbish, food waste and building regulations.

Around fifteen questions had been posed in writing by the public before the meeting and the Cabinet Member Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins had prepared answers to be approved by the Committee.

Cllr Laura Robertson-Collin’s report referred to the cross-party work, air quality and transport (Clean Air Zone, “bus-gate”, Festival Garden Site development, walking to school), wildflowers, trees, pocket parks, waste reduction, staff champions and competition.

Chaired extremely patiently by Cllr Dr Lena Simic (despite a lot of heckling), the meeting also heard from Cllr Liam Robinson, who gave an update on what the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority was doing.

A motion about the Cruise Liner Terminal proposed by Cllr Lawrence Brown (there are two councillors called Brown on this Committee but he’s the Green Party councillor) referred to as “disingenuous” by Labour Councillor Tony Concepcion was amended by the Labour councillors before being voted on.

However a motion about protecting trees and ending the use of pesticides attracted support.

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