Bury Labour Manifesto – Protecting and Promoting Our Local Environment

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Bury Labour Manifesto – Protecting and Promoting Our Local Environment

The borough is consistently named as one of the best places in live in the North West. Our ambition is to keep it that way, and to make it even better. Bury Labour has already led the way by banning fracking on Council-owned land in the borough and has supported initiatives that encourage the use of renewable sources of energy.

We are focused on protecting our green spaces and tackling the dual challenges of poorer air quality and climate change.


PROTECTING AND PROMOTING OUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

1. Flood Defences: To continue to lobby Government for funding to deliver the £37m flood defence scheme for Radcliffe and Redvales, together with the development and funding for schemes in Ramsbottom and Summerseat.

2. Plant More Trees: We will work with City of Trees who intend to plant three million trees across Greater Manchester. We will enter into discussions with the Forestry Commission and City of Trees to develop the City Forest Park, an urban forest 50% bigger than Heaton Park serving Prestwich, Whitefield and Radcliffe. We will also contribute to the Northern Forest, a woodland stretching from Liverpool to Hull.

3. Promote the use of Electric Vehicles: Where appropriate we will replace those Council vehicles which are currently powered by diesel with electric ones.

4. More Electric Vehicle Charging Points: We will double the amount of Electric Charging Points in Bury by 2025 by incorporating EV charging points in all new developments.

5. Greener Public Transport: We will lobby for more electric and hybrid buses working with TfGM to support bus operators to achieve this. We will also work with the licensed taxi trade in the borough to move to greater usage of hybrid and electric vehicles.

6. New Bike Sharing Scheme: Akin to the ‘Mobike’ Scheme in Manchester we will aim to introduce a bike sharing system to improve connectivity across our townships and reduce pollution.

7. Green Energy:To support the roll out of a green energy scheme which enables residents to save up to £300 on their energy bills by using providers that only use renewable sources/investigate the use of a similar scheme for businesses.

8. Invest in tackling Fly-tipping: To tackle fly-tipping with a mixture of education and enforcement. We will hold an annual amnesty day where a skip will be provided in the top 30 fly-tipping hotspots in the borough.

9. Broaden Bury’s ban on fracking: Bury’s Labour Council has introduced a ban on fracking on Council owned land. We will investigate whether the ban can be widened across the whole of Bury in order to protect the quality of our air and protect the environment.

10. Clean Air Plan/Air Pollution Plan: We will work to reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions in the local environment by supporting the reduction of car usage by investing in cycling and walking infrastructure, support bus companies with the retrofitting of vehicles to reduce emissions, improve fuel infrastructure to support the update of non-petrol/diesel vehicles, improve traffic control infrastructure by reallocating road space and signal changes, introduce more trams into the borough. We will look to introduce visual monitors in areas of high emissions and outside of schools so residents have real time data relating to air pollution in their areas.