An open letter from Swansea Friends of The Earth – to leaders of parties in council elections on 4th May
Open letter to the leaders of the parties contesting the Swansea County Council Election on the 4th May; Conservative, Greens, Independents, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and UKIP
All individual councillors and parties have to present the public with their views on numerous different issues. Our particular concern is the protection of the environment. Despite the vital importance of the natural world and its impact on our health, wellbeing and future of us all, these issues tend to be marginalised by more immediate concerns.
Therefore on behalf of our group, I am asking all those seeking election, particularly party leaders, to present their position on the following ten issues which we consider of vital importance.
- Will you commit to becoming a fossil fuel free council by 2025?
- Do you support divesting Local Authority pension funds from fossil fuel companies?
- Would you agree to introduce carbon assessments of local authority budgets and major projects, and introduce a 5 year carbon budget?
- Are you prepared to utilise funding schemes and borrowing powers to develop a programme to make cold homes energy efficient?
- Will you support and implement an ambitious programme of solar panels or other suitable renewable energy systems on all suitable schools and public buildings?
- Can you commit to phasing out non-recyclable plastics and promoting reusable alternatives within public buildings and events?
- Would you be prepared to work with local take away outlets to ban polystyrene and other non-recyclable food containers?
- Will you support a requirement for electric car charging points to be available at all suitable public buildings and car parks, and as part of new major developments and redevelopments?
- Will you work towards becoming a Bee Friendly Council under the new Welsh Government Bee Friendly scheme?
- Do you agree that the monitoring of air quality should increase, particularly around schools and residential areas, and that where necessary clean air zones to improve pollution hotspots should be set up?
John Childs, Swansea Friends of the Earth
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