The bushfires in Australia have brought home the threat posed by climate breakdown. We all need to act to save the environment, our livelihoods and to improve our quality of life.
In Southampton progress is slow. Poor air quality continues to endanger the health of the city's residents. As signatories of the Clean Air Southampton Manifesto the Southampton Lib Dems are pushing for substantial improvements in several policy areas. This includes our longstanding campaign for a port plug-in so that cruise ships won't run their polluting diesel engines.
In Bassett we're seeking to:
Make the junction of Burgess Road and Hill Lane more pedestrian-friendly so that residents can access the Common and local shops more easily;
Campaign for better bus routes. Many parts of the ward are not served by direct bus routes to the city centre; Improve pavements, footpaths and cycle routes to key destinations such as the sports centre;
Tackle the traffic congestion problems affecting Hollybrook and Bassett Green primary schools, which have a negative environmental impact on their neighbourhoods. Children's health and well-being must come first.
Present an ambitious plan to implement a city wide park and ride scheme.
It's vital that our city does its share to combat climate change while also improving our quality of life. Labour's Green City Charter is too timid. The Conservatives are not even in favour of weak policies. It's time for a fresh new Liberal voice on Southampton City Council to push strongly for the changes that so many want to see.