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On Mondat 18th February Wirksworth Town Council became the first Derbyshire Council of any tier to declare a Climate Emergency. Ten rebels attended and several spoke. There was some glorious rebellious misbehaviour, clapping and cheering. And even an attempt to join in the debate by councillors after the public forum had closed. The “purdah” argument was seen off. Clauses 2 – 5 were seen as a sound basis for moving forward with Cllrs Pollock and Gratton agreeing to organise a working party with local activists to map out a way forward for the town.

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