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Objection to Council Investment in Property Used by the Defence Industry

We the undersigned petition the council to Halt investment in "Investment Opportunity 12", in which the council will be the funding partner and landlord for the construction of new headquarters for a company involved in the defence industry.

We note with alarm the decision taken by Uttlesford District Council to approve £35mn to fund the construction of a commercial property - including a new headquarters, warehouse and research facility - for use by a defence company, as part of the council's £300mn commercial real estate investment programme.

We also note that the council has yet to adopt an ethical investment policy, which may prevent such controversial investments going ahead.

The decision raises serious ethical concerns given the ongoing controversies over British arms sales to repressive regimes implicated in war crimes.

We call on the council to cancel the investment, which offends the ethical and moral beliefs of many local residents. The council's commercial investment strategy should avoid any ethical risks.

This ePetition ran from 02/02/2021 to 02/05/2021 and has now finished.

419 people signed this ePetition.