BROMSGROVE’S Labour group are calling for an urgent meeting on climate change.
The call comes after a debate on a motion on the issue put forward by Liberal Democrat councillor Siobhan Hughes was denied at the town’s full council meeting last week.
The Tories over-ruled a call from newly-elected Labour councillor, Coun Harrison Rone-Clarke, to extend the meeting to hear the matter.
Coun Rone-Clarke said: “Several members of the public had turned up specifically to hear this debate.
“Everybody plays a part in addressing climate changing and helping us come to a carbon neutral work.”
The delay means the earliest time the debate will be heard is likely at the next full council meeting on Wednesday, July 31.
Labour leader Dr Michael Thompson said: “A new meeting is absolutely necessary and I, like many others, believed this motion should have been heard.
“Many of us were prepared to spend the extra time to call for this climate emergency and discuss how we as a council play our part.”
Labour members say they are particularly keen to set specific targets for Bromsgrove District Council to meet by 2030.
Coun Hughes labelled it was an appalling decision.
“Climate change poses a real and urgent threat to communities across the world including ours here in Bromsgrove.
“Most of us recognise the need to act as soon as possible to protect the planet from further harm.
“I want to know what was so important that the Conservatives couldn’t spare another half an hour or so to secure urgent action on climate change.”
Bromsgrove Lib Dem Group Leader Rob Hunter praised for putting the motion forward.
“The behaviour of the Conservatives tonight was completely irresponsible.
“As a result of their actions, Bromsgrove is now falling behind other local authorities which have already declared a climate emergency.”