Cllr Hodgkinson has challenged Cllr Moor on the pitiful target of planting just one million trees over the next 11 years in the county – less than 100,000 each year.
At today’s Cabinet meeting, Cllr Hodgkinson reminded the cabinet member who is meant to be responsible for tackling Climate Change, that he himself voted in favour of a target six times more ambitious than this less than three weeks ago, and that even the Conservative Party’s own manifesto is three times as ambitious, calling for the equivalent of 300,000 trees to be planted each year in Gloucestershire.
In response, Cllr Moor disregarded the council motion he voted in favour of, stating it was not binding, and claimed that the public recognised the number of trees parties were promising to plant during the general election were “unrealistic”.
Responding to this extraordinary admission, Cllr Hodgkinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Gloucestershire County Council, said:
“Gloucestershire Conservatives talk up their ambitions to tackle the climate emergency, however the public must judge them on their actions, or lack thereof.
“On tree planting alone, the Conservatives voted for six million trees to be planted in Gloucestershire by 2030 just three weeks ago and the Conservatives’ own manifesto claimed they would plant the equivalent of 300,000 trees in Gloucestershire each year – yet at today’s Cabinet, Nigel Moor and the Tory administration reneged on these pledges while slapping themselves on the back for their good work.
“Gloucestershire residents demand better action on the Climate Emergency and will be appalled by the levels of hot air being discharged by Gloucestershire Conservatives this morning.”