A PROTESTER managed to address the first meeting of the newly elected Cardiff council to outline a series of demands on the environment and the cost-of-living crisis. 

Although no arrangements were in place for members of the public to address the council meeting, the first since the May 6 local government elections, a man in the public gallery stood up at the end of the meeting and asked councillors to be “courageous”. 

The protester was from the Cardiff Climate Justice Coalition which was protesting outside City Hall before and during the council Annual General Meeting.

The group presented councillors with a list of 11 demands, including making bus fares in Cardiff free for everyone and introducing air quality monitors outside schools. 

Speaking from the public gallery and looking down on the council chamber, the protester said: “We are not thriving, only just surviving. Be courageous we skip meals and do not turn the heating on, you can address the cost-of-living crisis with the power that you have.” 

Councillors were also asked to sign tenants’ union Acorn’s housing charter, which is aimed at addressing high rental fees in the city, while planning policies were also highlighted. 

Some councillors could be seen, in a video shared to Twitter, looking up at the speaker while others were talking among themselves. 

 

The speaker concluded by saying: “For all of you that are listening, thank you very much, for those of you that talk we will be back. Represent us and let us live healthy, happy lives. Thank you.” 

Elsewhere members of Extinction Rebellion protested outside Powys County Hall claiming the mid Wales council is ‘Sleepwalking into Extinction’.

Speaking following the meeting, the council’s Labour leader Huw Thomas said: “To those calling for urgent action on climate change I say, I hear you and I am with you.  

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“But these are more than empty commitments, there is real action and there are tangible results behind Cardiff Council’s declared climate emergency and biodiversity emergency, and through the work we are doing for our One Planet Cardiff strategy. 

“I see the future of Cardiff as being a city which is stronger, fairer, greener, but we cannot achieve this in isolation. It needs us all to come together and change our behaviours, to cut carbon and to tackle climate change.” 

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