Your Labour Councillors have been working hard on Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) matters in the council.
At the recent ETS Committee on 18 January, Labour gave support to the final phase of the Valley Gardens project.
Whilst highlighting some design concerns, opposition spokesperson Cllr Gary Wilkinson said:
“The vision for Valley Gardens, started by Labour, was to enhance the area’s green spaces and create new public spaces for people to spend time in, which will be linked together to create a single continuous public park.
“The transformation of Valley Gardens has taken time and a lot of hard work, but the end result has made it all worthwhile and is something the city can be extremely proud of.
“I am sure the scheme will be a major improvement to that whole area of Brighton and Hove and one that our residents will come to appreciate.”
At the same committee, Labour won approval for some amendments to fees and charges in the city that will come before the Budget Council later this month, including ways to tackle high-polluting vehicles.
Labour asked for a freeze on parking charges in our city’s parks to ensure we don’t discourage people from active, healthy lifestyles and using our open spaces.
Labour also sought to save the discount on bulky waste collections for those on low incomes and reliant on benefits that was proposed to be scrapped. Labour want that discount maintained to support those struggling to get by and to discourage fly-tipping.
In order to tackle disadvantage and encourage active lifestyles, Labour also asked that all concessionary charges for sports be frozen rather than hiked.
Labour also supported the progression of the development of a real-time air quality monitoring system for the city.
Cllr Wilkinson also spoke in support of residents seeking proper consultation on the refurbishment of the city’s parks.
At Full Council on 3 February, Labour gained support for ways to tackle systemic issues with the delivery of some of our basic services.
Enough is enough said Cllr Gary Wilkinson;
“Our city’s residents have had to endure overflowing bins with rubbish and refuse not being collected for weeks on end, graffiti becoming the norm on our once beautiful streets and having to navigate fly-tipping obstacles with the fear of rats.
“All of this along with the mismanagement of parking permits. These are serious issues that residents expect and deserve solutions to.
“Enough is enough. We need to get back to basics.”
This was followed up with an offer of assistance to sort out the issue of missed bin collections across the city.
Labour are also keeping the pressure up on the Green administration to implement a Park and Ride scheme and to produce a report on future sites across the city.