Durham County Council, which last year refused to accept Lib Dem proposals to be carbon neutral by 2030 has ONLY 3 ELECTRIC vehicles.
When you consider that the Council has over 1000 vehicles and we have been banging on for years about them greening the fleet, this is quite shocking.
Cllr Mark Wilkes, Lib Dem Shadow Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change comments, “We were given assurances that the Council was going to move Rapidly to make the Council hit targets.
“To have less than 0.3%of our vehicles as electric is a shocking failure by this Labour-run council.
Fellow Lib Dem Craig Martin (North Lodge), is the Shadow Finance Portfolio Holder.
He explains, “A Lib Dem council would have moved far more quickly to green the council fleet. We will challenge this failure continually until we see action on the ground.”
Last year a Lib Dem motion calling for the Council to adopt the internationally recognised 2030 target was voted down by Labour councillors.
More recently the planning application for the Council’s new business park at Aykley Heads was challenged by Lib Dems for not even meeting the Council’s own environmental standards – despite it being the Council’s own scheme.
And Labour’s £50million new white elephant Headquarters on the Sands floodplain in Durham City isn’t carbon neutral either.
Amanda Hopgood with former City Council leader Sue Pitts on the campaign trail on Saturday in a rather windy Kelloe. Most of the residents we spoke to in Kelloe said they were either voting Lib Dem or thinking about it!
Bev Coult won the Esh and Witton Gilbert County Council By-election earlier this year with an astonishing 1115 votes or 63% – A 749 vote majority over the Labour candidate! The Tories came in fourth with just 7% – 128 votes.