At the end of last month, the Conservative controlled City Council in Peterborough have proposed that 4 March 2020, as the day Full Council is asked to adopt the Carbon Management Action Plan, is designated as a ‘climate action day’ whereby the council encourages staff and residents to do their ‘extra bit’ to reduce their carbon impact on that day.
At the start of this month, Tory Council Leader, John Holdich, was reported as saying, “The action that we can take individually and as a city can make a difference and it also sends out a clear message that we must all change our ways. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to do so.”
What does Darren think?
The bottom line is that this Conservative controlled City Council has not taken the action that is really required.
- Why are the Council saying they’ll get rid of the Mayors gas guzzling car in the future, why not get rid of it now?
- Why are Councillors affording themselves massively discounted car parking passes, rather than discounted bus passes or cycles?
- Why have the Tories at the Town Hall spent 20 years advocating that the car is king and neglecting and cutting funding to bus services?
If we are to cut air pollution, tackle the climate crisis and reduce the chances of children in Peterborough getting asthma, cancer or respiratory problems, we need strong action from the City Council now, not more long term targets.
We also need the Conservative government that immediately invests to expand the UK’s charging network, so it can support the majority of vehicles by 2030.
We need a scrappage scheme for polluting cars, and we need measures to enable business and local authority fleets to go 100% electric ASAP.
What do YOU think? Please let me know below!