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Liberal Democrats will deliver a greener, fairer, more caring Essex County Council

Greener Essex

  • Declare a Climate Change and Ecological Emergency at the first meeting of the new Council.
  • Implement all the recommendations of the ECC's Climate Change Commission, apply for government grants to retrofit all council-owned buildings to meet carbon-neutral standards, install solar panels on its buildings and reprofile the Highways budget to better fund sustainable travel modes.
  • Preserve public green and open spaces.
  • Implement ambitious tree planting strategies.
  • Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill with incentives to increase recycling rates to 60% and stop further closures of the recycling centres.
  • Ambitious schemes for improved cycling and walking in inner urban areas.
  • Introduce '20 is plenty' speed limits near schools and in residential areas to help make walking and cycling safer, and improve air quality.

Fairer Essex

  • Improving prospects for young people
  • Reverse cuts to the Youth Service budget, in particular for outreach workers.
  • Identify and support families who need additional support to cut child poverty and hunger.
  • Provide free school meals in term-time and holidays.
  • More school places to cut down bussing pupils to already overcrowded schools.
  • Support to struggling schools.
  • Swimming concessions for the under 16's.
  • Introduce concessionary transport fares for those on Universal Credit, or equivalents, and undertaking Apprenticeships.
  • Freeze car park charges in ECC Country Parks
  • Protect libraries: no further closures or cuts to opening hours

More caring Essex

  • Better care for the elderly.
  • Protect concessionary transport fares for pensioners.
  • Support carers, especially children who are caring for parents.
  • Address mental health concerns, promoting access to regular exercise, employment opportunities, and days out.