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MetiNews.Com - Chris Wilton, chairman of Maker-with-Rame Parish Council said insurance costs would sky-rocket

Cornwall news Council chairman says declaring climate emergency would cost too much UK news

MetiNews.Com - Chris Wilton, chairman of Maker-with-Rame Parish Council said insurance costs would sky-rocket

Cornwall news  Council chairman says declaring climate emergency would cost too much UK news
23 February 2021 - 16:15

Breaking News ! A parish council leader has defended the decision to not declare a climate emergency in his area, claiming doing so would have been a “disaster” for the local community. Chris Wilton, chairman of Maker-with-Rame Parish Council, said that declaring a climate emergency in the area would make insurance premiums for those along the the village of Kingsand's flood-prone seafront road sky-rocket. “I hate to touch on the green agenda,” Mr Wilton said, “but this would have been a hell of a lot worse if, on the grounds of climate change and the risk of flooding, which was put before the council in December the year before last, if we’d declared a climate emergency.” The council was discussing whether or not it could support the insurance payments of the village’s Institute - a central building in Kingsand where the council normally sits, which was severely flood damaged during a storm in 2012. Damage to buildings on the seafront over the years meant insurance had become incredibly expensive, at more than £6,000 per year for the Institute. Mr Wilton said if the parish had declared a climate emergency in light of the flooding, it would have made matters worse, declaring: “I don’t think anyone would have got insurance down The Cleave [the village’s seafront area]. It would have been an unmitigated disaster.” He added that insurance prices had been climbing ever since the storm damaged the village and that a lot of people had claimed on damage over the years. However, a local resident, who asked not to be named, said Mr Wilton was wrong to make the comments, adding: “Our council chairman seems not to understand that insurance companies base their premium decisions on actual previous claims in an area and real, scientific climate forecasts. “Not on whether or not the local council has publicly acknowledged the established fact that the world is facing a climate emergency.” The resident added that Maker-with-Rame is “vulnerable” to flooding. “No matter how much we may want to pretend that climate change is happening elsewhere but not in Kingsand, that doesn’t alter reality.” Rebecca Pearce, environmental scientist and resident of Saltash - where the town council did call a climate emergency a few years ago - said Mr Wilton’s comments were “nonsense”. “The insurance industry is at the forefront of action on climate change for obvious reasons, and actively promotes climate awareness," she said. “Not declaring a climate emergency prevents progress on both adaptation to current threats such as flooding and sea level rise, and mitigation of climate change through working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

. Her work covers the relationship between human lives and environmental events like climate change. She added: “There is no point in maintaining an official position of denial when the statements made at this meeting clearly show that flooding is a serious problem in this area, and we all know what the cause of this is. “The Institute may sadly be a relatively early casualty of climate change and the longer we put off acting to curb emissions, the worse things will get.” Mr Wilton was approached for further comment on the parish council meeting but declined to comment. He also sparked controversy last year when the parish council, of which he is the chairman, supported planning permission for him to build a new home in a protected beauty spot on the Rame peninsula. The application was approved by Cornwall Council’s east sub-area planning committee, and gave Mr Wilton permission to build a four-bedroom family home on land he owns. You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. Mr Wilton’s plans were approved to be built on the land in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) on the grounds that it was a home for agricultural workers. He said he and his family, which had farmed the land for generations, were living in a mobile home and needed the house to properly work there. Rame Protection Group, a campaign group opposed to the plans, has taken Cornwall Council to High Court over the approval of Mr Wilton’s plans. The case is being heard in the High Court tomorrow (Wednesday, February 24) and will be covered by Cornwall Live. The site of the proposed house in a field on Rame Head (Image: Rame Head Defence Group) They claim that approving it sets a precedent for other areas in the AONB to be built on - including the beauty spot of Rame Head. “A major concern of the Rame Protection Group is that, if this permission remains unchallenged, any farmer could use this case as precedent to defy protective legislation and put up a new executive style house in the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Cornwall and beyond. "The Campaign to Protect Rural England shares this concern and has stated that it regards this case as pivotal to the protection of the countryside."

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Cornwall news Council chairman says declaring climate emergency would cost too much UK news


Cornwall news Council chairman says declaring climate emergency would cost too much UK news


Cornwall news Council chairman says declaring climate emergency would cost too much UK news


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