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Conservative mayoral candidate responds to XR questions

By jack fifield, Thursday Jul 2, 2020

Extinction Rebellion activists have occupied the roof of City Hall since the early hours of Thursday, June 25.

In a video posted to Facebook, Conservative mayoral candidate Samuel Williams says, while he disagrees with the method of the protesters, he does “agree with the questions being asked”.

The protesters have offered to come down if they receive answers to three questions:

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  1. What have you achieved in relation to delivering clean air – specifically what infrastructure has been put in place?
  2. What are your plans for reaching and maintaining legal air for Bristol by April 2021?
  3. What support do you need in order to hit and sustain legal air quality for Bristol by April 2021?

So far, Bristol City Council and Marvin Rees have refused to comment on the activists’ presence.

“We do have extraordinary expertise across the city and we must be banding together, relying on one another, learning from one another and committing to building a safer, healthier Bristol together”, the candidate said.

“We need to be thinking about immediate things – clean air zone, clean air zone D I would suspect, would be the most appropriate way forward.”

A Class D clean air zone sets minimum standards for cars, taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses, vans, HGVs, coaches, busses, and optionally motorcycles.

Williams also supported increasing tree coverage across the city, investing in cycle infrastructure, the creation of a network of electric hire bikes and the divestment of council investments from fossil fuels.

Main photo by Samuel Williams.

Read more: Extinction Rebellion protesters climb on top of City Hall

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