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Proposal for an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

The Green Party’s manifesto for the upcoming local elections in Brighton and Hove has raised eyebrows with its proposal to expand the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ). The plan aims to decrease traffic levels and create a “liveable city centre” by charging all polluting vehicles that enter the zone, similar to London’s ULEZ.

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The Conservative Response: Criticisms and Concerns

Conservative candidates Carol Theobald, Anne Meadows, and Alistair McNair from Patcham and Hollingbury have expressed their concerns regarding the proposed emissions zone. They believe that the charges for entering and parking would discourage visitors and residents from going to the city centre.

Ms Meadows argues that charging visitors for entering and parking would make it difficult to encourage people to visit Brighton, particularly since families find it cheaper to come by car. Meanwhile, Mr McNair thinks that the increased costs of entering the city would prompt residents to go to nearby cities like Eastbourne or Worthing instead.

Ms Theobald expressed her worries about the impact of the proposed ULEZ on local businesses, especially small independent ones in North Laine. She believes that the already struggling shops would be hit even harder.

The Conservatives also raised concerns about the proposed reduction of weekly refuse collection to fortnightly. They believe that missed collections could lead to residents paying for a service they are not receiving.

Labour’s Critique

The Labour Party criticized the Green Party’s proposal, calling it a “blinkered vision of the city.” Amanda Evans, the deputy leader of the Labour group, stated that Labour offers “fair, progressive, and creative” solutions to the city’s problems.

The Upcoming Elections

Brighton and Hove voters will elect 54 councillors for the next four years on May 4. Over 200 candidates are vying for election in 23 different wards. The Green Party has yet to comment on the concerns raised by the Conservatives.

The Environmental Impact of the Proposed ULEZ

Air pollution and traffic levels have long been issues in Brighton and Hove, and the Green Party’s proposed ULEZ aims to tackle them. Environmental groups, such as Friends of the Earth, have shown their support for the proposal.

The Green Party has not yet revealed the specifics of how the ULEZ will work in practice, but its manifesto states that the plan will be implemented in stages, with charges for the most polluting vehicles being introduced first. The ULEZ is expected to be fully operational by 2023.

Conclusion: A Debate that Continues

The proposed ULEZ in Brighton and Hove has sparked a debate among political parties and residents. While the Green Party aims to reduce air pollution and traffic levels in the city centre, the Conservatives and Labour have expressed concerns about the impact on businesses and residents. The upcoming election on May 4 will determine the outcome of the proposal.

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