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‘It was their choice’ – councillor defends decision not to declare climate emergency

PUBLISHED: 20:49 28 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:59 30 November 2019

Ian Devereux, West Norfolk's cabinet member for the environment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Ian Devereux, West Norfolk's cabinet member for the environment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A Norfolk councillor has defended the council’s decision not to declare a climate emergency after being quizzed on the decision.

West Norfolk Council voted to delay declaring a climate emergency in favour of a cabinet debate in October.

And at a full council meeting at the town hall on Thursday, November 28, deputy leader of the opposition Jo Rust asked cabinet chair for environment Ian Devereux to defend the council's decision.

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She said: "You said at the full council meeting that 12 years was not an emergency.

"How do you think the people in Snettisham new-build housing who face flooding even if they are on the second floor are going to feel about the council's failure to declare a climate emergency?"

Mr Devereux, the member for Snettisham ward, said: "That was their choice.

"They chose to live there and develop their houses there in full knowledge of what was happening."

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