Local Conservative councillors have withdrawn from UDC Energy and Climate Change Working Group after R4U challenged their environmental credentials. This was following the local Conservative’s support for continued growth of Stansted Airport following a district council meeting to discuss the airport’s expansion that was approved by government Inspectors after a High Court challenge was refused.
Cllr Louise Pepper continued “It seems clear that the local Conservatives were insincere when they signed up to UDC’s Climate Emergency motion. That motion requires the council to take action to curb planet-damaging carbon emissions, and they don’t wish to take any. Stansted’s expansion is the CO2 equivalent to putting 1.8 million cars on Uttlesford roads. It is unprincipled to pretend to be doing something, whilst actually supporting the opposite. As a result I wrote to challenge the Conservative councillors’ participation on UDC’s Energy and Climate Change Working Group. They have replied to say that they are backing the airport and withdrawing from the working group. Their leader even went on to say he would no longer read any material published by the group. It is disappointing, but at least we all know where we stand with respect to the future of our planet.”