Conwy Council told 'buy local to save the planet'


A Councillor wants Conwy Council to support more local businesses in order to tackle the climate emergency.

In a committee meeting on Wednesday 19th February, Conwy Councillors discussed a carbon net zero plan for the Council.

In May 2019 Conwy Councillors unanimously declared a climate emergency and tasked officers to draw up plans to reduce the Council's carbon footprint.

Llanrwst Councillor Aaron Wynne wants the Council to "buy local" to support businesses and help tackle the climate emergency. He wants the Council to adopt a new local procurement plan to buy more goods and services from Conwy and North Wales based businesses.

Cllr Wynne said:

"In order for Conwy Council to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2030, the authority must do more to buy local.

"It doesn't make economic or environmental sense to buy from businesses outside of Conwy and north Wales. From tradespeople to fill in the potholes, to local food and drink venders to stock Venue Cymru, and local famers to provide school meals. We should be buying local at every opportunity.

"Conwy Council should adopt a new local procurement policy prioritising buying goods and services from local businesses. Both to support local jobs and to help save the planet."

It was confirmed that Conwy’s Audit Committee will be reviewing the Council’s procurement policy in April.


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