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Should we be using taxpayer money to put on a exclusively Vegan Fair?


Last week I posted on my facebook page about our decision at Bridgwater Town Council to support a ’Bridgwater Green Fair’


Last week we (#Bridgwater Town Councils Executive) agreed a recommendation put forward by Cllr Li Gibson to support and promote a ‘Bridgwater Green Fair’, with the aim to encourage a more environmentally friendly way of life and show ways in which people can get involved in developing a more sustainable way of living. We need to educate ourselves so that we can make a meaningful difference in our fight against this very real climate crisis

Bridgwater Mercury has today covered this story and this is a small step forward in tackling the climate change crisis by educating ourselves on how to live a more environmentally friendly way of life.


However the Bridgwater Mercury has also said in its press release that:


Thevegansociety.com states that the number of vegans in the UK in 2018 was 1.16% of the population. My question is, should we be using taxpayer money to fund an exclusively vegan fair which wants to make people switch to a plant-based diet and serves a minuscule portion of the population?


At the town council meeting I put across my view, which remains unchanged - I don’t believe that an exclusively Vegan fair is the right way forward and would probably discourage people from attending.


1. Is it the job of a Parish Council to force a certain way of eating onto it’s residents?

2. If anything shouldn't we be promoting a balanced diet? I wonder how Vegans would feel if Bridgwater Town Council put together a Carnivore Fair 🧐


Perhaps I am alone in my thinking, but I certainly like the odd Nando’s too much to switch entirely to a Plant based diet! And do I want my tax payer money to fund a fair which serves just 1.16% of the population....I’m not so sure.


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Taxpayers money spent on:

A Bridgwater Green Fair which educates residents on how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle (which could include suggestions on diet changes) YES


Taxpayers money spent on:

A Bridgwater Vegan Fair which aims to make people switch to a plant based diet, of which only 1.16% of the population follow - NO





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