Motions

2012 Hydref 19 1:15 PM

Policy Motion:
Renewable Energy
Conference Notes that:
1. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are committed to reducing
Wales's ecological footprint by 75% by 2050 and to be being
half-way to cutting carbon from energy production in Wales by
the same date.
2. To achieve these targets substantial investment is required in
the development of renewable energy sources in Wales.
Welsh Liberal Democrats have a proud record of leading the
political agenda on innovative approaches to renewable
energy production.
3. The development of renewable energy in Wales has been
disproportionately focused on large on-shore windfarms, which
in turn have been disproportionately concentrated in rural
areas of Mid and West Wales.
4. There is widespread public concern about the cumulative
impact of large windfarms on the distinctive landscape of rural
Wales and the consequences for tourism and wildlife.

Conference Believes that:
a. The over-concentration of on-shore windfarms in the stunning
countryside of Mid and West Wales is having a detrimental
effect on the scenic quality of the landscape, natural ecology
and the economy potential of tourism.
b. The Welsh Government's TAN8 measure is an inadequate
framework for developing renewable energy in Wales, as it
fails to take into consideration the density of windfarm

developments and their real environmental and economic
impacts.
c. There is an urgent need for a new and comprehensive energy
strategy for Wales that will utilise the full range of energy
sources and technologies available in Wales to achieve
targets for carbon reduction whilst taking full and proper
account of their impact on the environment and economy.

Conference Calls for:
i. The Welsh Liberal Democrat Policy Committee to review the
party's policies on renewable energy to develop an action plan
that takes account of the full range of social, environmental
and economic factors relevant to the sector's development.
ii. The uplands of Mid and West Wales to be protected from the
damaging visual and economic impact of the overconcentration
of windfarms by restricting new developments of
large windfarms.
iii. Innovative strategies to be adopted to utilise the full range of
energy sources in Wales, reducing Wales's dependency on both carbon-based fuels and on-shore wind.

Policy Motion:
Hospital Chaplaincy Services
Conference notes that:
1. At present, hospital chaplaincy services in Wales are funded
by local health boards.
2. In contrast, the Welsh Air Ambulance is funded
through a charitable trust.


Conference believes that:
a. For some patients, hospital chaplaincy services offer an
important source of comfort and spiritual support.
b. Health boards should facilitate a chaplaincy service.
c. Chaplaincy funding should not come from a fixed health
budget when alternative funding streams could be used.

Conference resolves:
i. To divert the £1.3m currently being spent each year on the
Welsh chaplaincy service into front-line health services.
ii. To work with the leaders of all religious denominations in
Wales to establish a charitable trust to fund an all Wales
hospital chaplaincy service.

EMERGENCY MOTION -

Conference notes:
1. That the increasing pressures placed upon Welsh dairy farmers by an unfair supply chain has made the option of intensive "mega-dairies" appear a more attractive option due to their reduced operational costs;

2. Such dairies operate on a "zero grazing" basis where animals are kept indoors for the majority of their lives;
3. That the Welsh Planning Inspectorate is currently considering an application for a facility at Leighton, near Welshpool;
4. The importance of high standards of animal health and welfare in all farming facilities;
5. That there is currently no definitive Welsh Government policy on "mega-dairies"; and
6. There is consequently a lack of published guidance and criteria available to the Planning Inspectorate to assist them in arriving at a decision on applications.

Conference believes:
1. That all decisions surrounding this issue must be driven by animal health and welfare considerations.
2. That traditional dairy farming methods are threatened by such developments and that, in their current state, market forces will require more Welsh farmers to pursue the intensive option in order to maintain their businesses.
3. That if fairness was reintroduced into the supply chain the need for such facilities would be significantly reduced, and
4. That the voluntary dairy 'Code of Practice' and the 'Groceries Code Adjudicator' delivered by the UK Coalition Government represent significant steps towards achieving this goal.

Conference calls for:
1. Welsh Liberal Democrat policy to reflect the belief that intensive "mega-dairies" are not the preferred option for the Welsh dairy industry;
2. Decisions regarding dairy farm animals to be driven by health and welfare considerations;
3. The UK Coalition Government to continue their work to ensure that farmers get a fair price for their products;
4. Traditional dairy farms in Wales to be supported adequately, ensuring healthy livestock and appropriately-remunerated farmers.

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