In September 2019 Friends of the Earth ranked every council in England and Wales on the basis of their performance on climate change.
After eight years of Green and Labour administrations in Brighton and Hove, how did our city do?
Here are the results … Friends of the Earth ranked Brighton and Hove City Council’s performance on climate change in the bottom quarter of the 339 local authorities in England and Wales.
Some 258 local authorities (76 per cent of councils in England and Wales) performed better on climate change than Brighton and Hove City Council.
Only 49 local authorities received a lower performance score on climate change than Brighton and Hove City Council.
This is a poor result for our “Green” council to reflect on – and things have lately gone from bad to worse.
Green policies have hit the environment hard. Since this survey was conducted, Brighton and Hove City Council’s performance on climate change has taken a number of further hits from poor council decisions.
Several parts of the city are now heavily polluted and gridlocked as a result of the experimental traffic orders brought in and maintained in vote after vote by the Green/Labour council.
Local wildlife and ecology has been hurt by the Greens’ housing development policy.
In 2020 the Labour/Green Council voted through a plan to build on 16 urban fringe sites, a move that led to consternation from the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
The conservation charity correctly pointed out that there was no need to do so given the brownfield sites available.
The council has recently cut through a section of Europe’s longest “green wall” along Madeira Drive, planted by the Victorians, in a move that still hasn’t been properly explained by the Green committee chair.
And it was recently revealed in Parliament that Brighton and Hove has a shocking recycling rate by comparison to other local authorities – almost half that of neighbouring West Sussex County Council.
Why are the Greens failing to deliver on climate change? After all, the Green Party talks a lot about climate change and likes holding Citizens’ Assemblies and other talking shops.
The evidence clearly suggests that over its two administrations in the city, including their current coalition with Labour, the Greens have taken the city backwards on this metric.
The Green Party, which used to be an environmental party, has now morphed into an unrecognisable entity, focused on an extreme social ideology over everything else.
Brighton and Hove City Council has set itself a target to become carbon-neutral by 2030.
This is extremely unlikely to be achieved by the Greens, whose policies are now creating more pollution – not less – in this city.
Councillor Steve Bell is the leader of the Conservative group on Brighton and Hove City Council.
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