Bromley Council passed a motion on Monday evening (15th July) to be carbon neutral by 2029, in just 10 years. Many local residents had emailed their councillors to support the motion and a significant number were present in the chamber - just to make sure they knew that this kind of policy was just what we all want from our Council. In the event the motion was passed unanimously with support from Labour and Conservative councillors, a wonderful display of consensus on such a crucial issue.
Sadly other environmental issues raised during the meeting did not receive such a warm response. A question by Lib Dem Chloe-Jane Ross about Bromley sharing London's car free day on 22 September was written off as a "virtue signalling event". Another question asking the council to review its air quality management plan (the current one was written 12 years ago) also met with a no. A request to encourage local streets to have car free days was also declined, and local residents will still be expected to pay £500 to have their local street closed for a day. And an amendment to the original motion to declare a climate emergency was also dismissed.