Councils should 'buy local' to tackle climate change, according to Llanrwst Councillor

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

In a committee meeting last night 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, who is also Plaid Cymru's 2021 Senedd candidate for Aberconwy, 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, 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 tackle the climate emergency."

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  • Chris Hemmings
    commented 2020-12-10 21:38:04 +0000
    Excellent plan! Could also give a third reason to source locally ‐ “Buy local to keep Conwy’s money in Conwy”!

    Over time this policy builds up local capital and the buoyancy of the area economy. The alternative is bleeding money out of the area into distant, corporate coffers, leaving Conwy always begging for aid……..

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