Thursday, 4 February 2010

GREENS CHALLENGE KCC's 'NIGHTMARE' TRANSPORT VISION

Kent Green Party has made a 35 page submission to Kent County Council’s consultation for a new Kent Transport Plan. Steve Dawe comments:

“Eight Green Party campaigners have submitted a 35 page set of criticisms and alternative policies to the County Council’s current consultation on its new Transport Plan. The submission can be seen at www.kentgreenparty.org under Publications.

“Despite the Public Sector Deficit, and claimed concern about Climate Change, the consultation document offers a nightmare scenario of accommodating to road building, traffic increases and air pollution. No one ever protected the environment by pouring tarmac on it. Nor can we reduce the 24,000 deaths in this country each year from air pollution by ignoring the problem, as KCC’s consultation document does.
“Road capacity, airport and port expansion are all envisaged by KCC, regardless of traffic congestion implications, air pollution problems and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Kent Green Party challenges the County Council to explain why it is so keen to ‘fly jobs out of the country’ by supporting Manston Airport’s expansion. We need to support domestic tourism instead.

“Spending £1 billion on a new Thames crossing to increase traffic in Kent is an utterly mad idea. No new road capacity should be provided. The County Council should be aiming to reduce traffic by increasing walking, cycling and public transport expenditure at the expense of road spending. With 514 potholes still to repair, road repair not road building is a priority(1). Given exceptionally poor pavement conditions in many parts of Kent, the County Council should be working with local authorities to improve our walking routes.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, Kent Green Party on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Published and Promoted for Kent Green Party by H. Dawe at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF
Notes:
1. The Independent – figures for pothole repair, 4th February 2010.

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