Labour Party members from across Horsham district marched to County Hall in Chichester last Friday and took part in the Climate emergency action demonstration. They then joined Labour County Councillor, Michael Jones, at County Hall, who proposed a motion calling on West Sussex County Council to recognise the climate emergency and pledge to do everything in their power to reduce the impact on our environment.
After the event, Horsham Labour’s Michael Symes, who took part in the demonstration and is standing in the local elections in Trafalgar ward, said: “We are campaigning for West Sussex County Council to declare a climate emergency so that immediate action is taken before it is too late. We need to put the next generation before our own short-term needs and selfish desires.
“Every decision the Council takes, whether it’s on housing, transport, waste management or energy, must focus on the environmental impact. As someone seeking election to Horsham District council, I have taken the Climate Action pledge and, as an elected councillor, will do everything within my power to ensure Horsham District signs up too. Drastic action is needed now.”
Included in Labour’s local manifesto are a range of green commitments, including using the levers of local government to reduce the impact on the environment and commitments to setting up an environmental committee to assess the environmental impact of its decisions. A Labour run council will ‘create a new senior role in the council with a focus on engaging with the public, making sure new innovative initiatives are developed and delivered across the district’. A programme of divestment, ensuring that none of Horsham District’s reserves or pension funds are invested in companies whose operations have a negative impact on our environment will also be rolled out if Labour win the elections in May.
David Hide, chair of Horsham Labour Party and one of three candidates for Forest ward, confirmed: “This is Horsham Labour’s most innovative manifesto and reflects the seriousness of the situation we find ourselves in. The planning process is where we will see the greatest environmental gains and we will not support a single planning application that fails to deliver both affordable and sustainable developments.”
For more information about Horsham Labour Party’s environmental policies and to download a copy of their manifesto, please visit: www.horsham-labour.org.uk