|Councillor Andrew Pope|
The Daily Echo is reporting criticism of Southampton City Council's proposed "Clean Air Zone".
Our Councillor Andrew Pope says:
"Southampton Independents is listening to your views.
Do you want a Clean Air Zone? The Labour Council and Tory Government think they can impose it on you and local businesses.
Do you want a Park and Ride? Residents tell us regularly that they do. And we are campaigning for it. The hospital have listened. But the Council hasn't listened or acted for you.
And the Council hasn't delivered a park and ride for you, despite lots of talk.
Businesses and the Tory MP for the East of the City (Royston Smith) think that the Labour Council's Clean Air Zone is a bad idea. Do you agree?
Yet according to the Labour-run Council, it is the Tory Government that is imposing the Clean Air Zone on Southampton. They've claimed they wouldn't be doing it otherwise.
Once again, it is a case of Labour or Tory, same old story, with adults and children continuing to suffer from air pollution and its affects on our health."
Our Leader Denise Wyatt Southampton Independents says:
"Once the Labour Council have pretended to listen to you and then approved this anyway, Labour councillors can easily change it to make you pay to use your car in our City, by simply asking the Government whether they can do it.
Southampton Independents has confirmed this with Council officers, and that they wouldn't need to ask you, the public. Do you think this is right? We don't.
We already pay enough for the reducing services and poor communication by the Council. People get bad services and can't contact the Council easily.
Where is our Park and Ride? Areas of the City such as Redbridge already have a higher-than-average level of asthma. This can't carry on.
Tell us what you think."