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Lichfield Lib Dems challenge council to “raise it’s game” on green agenda 

October 6, 2020 3:15 PM

Paul Ray 2019Lichfield District Council (LDC) has passed a motion to declare a climate change emergency which the Lichfield and Burntwood Liberal Democrats have fully supported as "it is the defining issue of our time". But they say that we need real action from our council - and so have specific proposals for LDC.

Cllr Paul Ray says "The Liberal Democrats have always been strongly committed to the green agenda and under their new leader, Ed Davey, tackling climate change is going to be a major priority for the Lib Dems. Vehicle emissions are clearly one of the major issues to be tackled and councils (including LDC) can make a real impact."

"The Lichfield & Burntwood Liberal Democrats therefore propose the following specific actions:

  1. Taxis are licensed by local councils and so we call on LDC to phase out all taxis licensed in our district which are not hybrid or electric vehicles by a fixed date. That would make a real difference to our air quality. In London all taxis will need to be electric by 2033 - but we would want LDC to deliver this in a shorter timeframe.
  1. All council-run vehicles to be hybrid / electric by a fixed date.
  1. Parking charges to be lifted for electric vehicles. This has been done by other local authorities like Sheffield City Council - and that would be a great message for our residents."

Cllr Paul Ray added "I appreciate that this would need some detailed planning. We are aware that not all hybrids are a real improvement on the petrol/diesel engine and we would need to ensure that there is full consultation with our taxis drivers and that there are sufficient charging points. But I say let's get started. Time is not on our side.

And I appreciate that funding is an important issue but there is funding available to assist local authorities through bodies like the Go Ultra Low Cities.

So I call on Lichfield District Council to commit to these initiatives and I will be engaging with the council to see how these can be taken forward."