The final minuted resolution following the meeting on 16 May reads:
That this council will strive to reduce its own carbon emissions to net zero in line with the Welsh Government target of 2030.
That this council will develop a strategy and associated action plans to aim to deliver these targets as soon as practicable.
That this council will continue to review the Corporate Plan, Well-being plan, Local development plans and other relevant plans and policies to support the above.
Publicise this declaration of a climate emergency to residents and businesses in the county and encourage and support them to take their own actions to reduce their carbon emissions in line with a 2030 target.
Work with partners across the county and other councils and organisations to help develop and implement best practice methods in limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees C.
The Town and County Councils have appointed the Arup consultancy to work with them to develop a masterplan for the development of the town. A priority will be making the town’s main street more pedestrian friendly with better air quality.
The rejection of the M4 Black Route suggests that it might be timely to draw attention to the Gwent Wildlife Trust’s appeal to raise £250,000 to help purchase Bridewell Common marshland linked to the Trust’s Magor Marsh Nature Reserve, Detaiis at www.gwentwildlife.org/appeal.
Financial uncertainties have decided First Minister Mark Drakeford that he cannot make the necessary commitment to construction of the M4 relief road. But he has also given greater weight to environmental and ecological concerns than the Inquiry inspector, reflecting the Welsh Government’s recent declaration of a Climate Emergency. A Commission will now review alternative ways of dealing with M4 problems, consistent with WG environmental and integrated transport objectives and including fast-track measures to improve traffic flows. Assembly statement at http://record.assembly.wales/Plenary/5662#A51504.