More needs to be done to tackle the climate emergency and to defend our local environment.
Our priorities are:
- Faster action to tackle the climate emergency and reduce pollution – working with the community and local businesses
- Better local green spaces, parks and playgrounds
- No to sewage in our streets, rivers and sea
- Food-waste collections
- Safe routes for cycling and walking
- Skills courses for a local green economy
How we would do this:
- Faster action to tackle the climate emergency and reduce pollution – working with the community and local businesses. The council can do a better job in making change to its own buildings and vehicles so they are more sustainable but it is also important to work in partnership with businesses and the community to really make a difference.
- Improving your local green space or park – more benches, better maintained play equipment, planned rewilding areas, more wildflowers and trees.
- No to sewage in our streets and rivers; we demand Southern Water takes urgent action and invests in our sewerage system to stop pouring sewage into the Adur in Shoreham and Southwick and on to roads in Lancing.
- More tests on air quality, especially around schools.
- More 20mph zones for our roads, making roads safer and reducing pollution.
- An awareness campaign to reduce engine idling at level crossings and schools.
- Implementing the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan so families can cycle safely – well designed and planned with local residents.
- Working with local enterprise to maximise energy purchase and savings (such as group buying of solar panels).
- Ensure the council meets its energy build and energy use policies.
- Improving the energy efficiency of council housing – carrying out a review of the need and costs of improving council home insulation and energy use (retrofitting) -reducing fuel poverty and benefiting the environment.
- Introducing skills courses for businesses and community groups for a local green economy.
- Improving bin and recycling collections – reduce waste, re-use, re-cycle:
- Introduce a domestic food-waste collection and keep the two weekly re-cycling and general waste collections
- Review the criteria for larger capacity bins – prioritising community blocks and individual circumstances
- Community recycling bins – in busy public spaces: parks, school gates, beach, high street
- Community composters on allotments
- Introduce same-day booking at the recycling centre (tip)
- Push for a re-cycling shop at the recycling centre – electricals and household repurposed and re-used by residents and the council
I have signed the South East Climate Alliance pledge to take more action to save our planet Rebecca Allinson, Labour candidate for Hillside