Sunday, 20 January 2008

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES ARE NOW THE LAW FOR KENT

KENTPRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 20th January 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – 07747 014487

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES ARE NOW THE LAW FOR KENT
After 5 years of campaigning by Green Party campaigners and a wide variety of other organisations(1), the Sustainable Communities Act has been passed. This act means that, no later than October 2008, the Government will require every local council in the country to consult the public about new steps to support sustainability in our communities. This is particularly valuable for Kent, Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, explains why:

“Kent has a number of very serious challenges before it can become a sustainable county. Firstly, dependence on the car has to be reduced to cut air pollution, noise and ill health. This is tough because many of Kent’s rural communities do not have adequate public transport. Secondly, rapid and frequently poor quality development is not helping to improve the environmental standards of new building in Kent and the existing built environment needs to be made more energy efficient too. Thirdly, despite significant progress in adopting plans for windfarms such as the London Array in the Thames Estuary and the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm on Romney Marsh, far more needs to be done to encourage households and small businesses to upgrade their energy efficiency and to adopt renewable energy measures such as solar water heating and solar panels for electricity.

“Kent Green Party will continue to press for a sustainable modernisation of Kent County Council’s transport policies and for better efforts to promote renewables and energy conservation by local councils and companies in Kent. The Sustainable Communities Act will open a new dialogue between the public and local councils on these matters, which is very welcome.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or mobile 07747 014487. Contact address as above.
Notes:
1. This campaign was orchestrated by Local Works, which is based at the Unlock Democracy’s campaign offices: further details at: www.unlockdemocracy.org.uk

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