We put a series of questions to all candidates in the Trent Valley ward in the Local Elections on 4th May 2023. We received one reply (see below).
On 23 Apr 2023, at 15:53, Burton Joyce Climate Action <email@example.com> wrote:
You will be aware that there was an Environmental Hustings event organised in Gedling on 17/4/23 for the political parties participating in the Gedling Borough council elections this May.
Burton Joyce Climate Action Group contributed to some of these questions.
We would like to pose some of the same questions to you, as a candidate in Trent Valley Ward, so we can find out about and let local people know what your opinions are.
We feel that the environment and climate change should not be treated as political issues-they are key issues which should be factored in at all levels of decision making in Gedling Borough Council.We would be grateful if you could read and respond to the following questions:
1. Few people in the scientific community would now dispute that there is a climate crisis and that its origins are man-made. Flooding is becoming much more likely, not just in the Trent floodplain, but also in terms of run-off from higher land into residential areas. How should we deal with these issues?
2. Traffic volumes have increased rapidly in the last 10 years, including on the A612 through the centre of Burton Joyce where school children walk daily. The Burton Joyce Climate Action Group are promoting a local campaign to reduce the speed limit in line with "20's Plenty". Do you support this?
3. Much concern has been expressed locally and nationally at the dumping of raw sewage in the River Trent. What is the best way to deal with this?
4. Given the numbers of houses going up in this area, how do we move the development industry to low carbon construction (i.e. making it a legal requirement to provide solar panels, low water efficiency in design etc) and what can we do about this locally?
5. Gedling Borough are to be commended for taking positive action by installing solar panels across many council buildings. However, most schools, health centres, large supermarkets and other businesses across Gedling do not have solar panels. How do you think the council can encourage the installation of solar panels by organisations across the Borough?
6. What do you see as your position on raising awareness in the Borough’s population about climate concern? Would you support a Borough facilitated climate convention?
7. How will you make the climate a priority when you are elected?
Thank you for your help,
Julia Devonport on behalf of
Burton Joyce Climate action Group.---------------------------------------------------------------We are the Burton Joyce Climate Action Group
To reiterate: All candidates were contacted. We received only one reply.
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2023 at 11:55
Subject: Re: Questions FAO Richard fletcher and Muhammed Malik
To: Burton Joyce Climate Action