Labour councillors will ensure that the ‘shadow’ council’s Climate Emergency declaration is backed up by a robust strategy, with action plans for reducing carbon emissions and responding to global climate change. We will work with the Local Government Association and other councils to fulfil the ‘Climate Local Pledge’ and monitor the new council’s progress and achievements.
Working in collaboration with environmental and transport lobby groups we will develop and evaluate policy proposals with the aim of making Somerset West and Taunton carbon neutral by 2030. As a priority we will develop a 5-year local sustainable transport plan to reduce reliance on fossil-fueled vehicles, encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport, embedding these criteria into infrastructure planning for new housing developments.
Labour councillors will lobby the County Council to dedicate more funding to promoting safe and sustainable access and mobility across the new council area.
Labour councillors will actively promote and support the early establishment of a single Town Council within the current unparished area boundary.
We will work with local communities to identify projects that celebrate the town’s heritage and increase its contemporary appeal, maximising its value to those who live there and increasing its attraction for visitors.
Somerset has suffered too long under Conservative rule in government, at County Hall and in District Councils. Somerset West and Taunton people deserve better.
To find out about your local Labour candidate/s go to: http://www.tauntondeanelabour.org.uk/candidates or call 0800 861 1642.