By pass emissions boost

28 February 2019

Green Party councillors have condemned moves to explore the options for an Ipswich Northern by-pass, ignoring the traffic generation and climate change consequences.

 

Robert Lindsay Green county councillor said:

"The Conservatives are still failing to recognise that every new road built encourages more polluting vehicles onto the roads and discourages people from using public transport, cycling or walking.  It leads to more carbon emissions when we have already been told we need to cut carbon emissions in half within 12 years. [1]

We as a county need to be investing in carbon reduction measures - more bike paths, footways and better bus services - rather than more polluting roads. Suffolk Conservatives have a dire record of wasting money on vainglorious attempts to build new roads. The failed attempt to build a Sudbury bypass wasted up to £1 million, the failed Orwell crossing project wasted £8.3million and the Bury relief road went £5m over budget. In all that is nearly £20 per head of population in Suffolk wasted on the Conservatives' ideological drive to cover swathes of our beautiful county in polluting new roads." 

District councillor John Matthissen added:

“It is extraordinary that all these Conservative-controlled councils are lining up behind the county to plough yet more money into worsening climate change, in the face of so much widely accepted science, the Paris Agreement and 35 UK towns and cities which have declared a Climate Emergency.”

Ends

[1] https://www.ipcc.ch/2018/10/08/summary-for-policymakers-of-ipcc-special-report-on-global-warming-of-1-5c-approved-by-governments/

 






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