The Conservatives' 'uninspired' proposals in the County's newly adopted 'Sustainable Hertfordshire Action Plan' have been slammed by the Liberal Democrats after the Conservatives rejected their immediate 10 point action plan
As a result, it is claimed the county is unlikely to meet the council's target of zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Lib Dem County councillor Steve Jarvis, who proposed a 10 point set of proposals to cut carbon emissions said: "We need bold and immediate steps not woolly words. We have an immediate plan to tackle the problems if we take control of the County Council in May"
Amongst the proposals rejected by the Conservatives were:
- An Electric Vehicle charge scheme county wide by 2022
- All council vehicles zero emission by 2029
- Planting 120,000 new trees now and replace two for every one lost
- All council supported buses by ultra-low emission by 2025
- Electric pool cars for staff business use
- A new purchasing policy making low carbon purchases the norm
- Energy efficiency improvements for all schools by 2028
- Ensure carbon neutrality for the council's own energy by 2030
Liberal Democrat County Group Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst commented: 'This shows without doubt that the Tories have been running this council for far too long. In May there is likely to be a change and the Liberal Democrats intend to form a new administration. One of the first acts of a Liberal Democrat led County Council will be to replace the current action plan with a plan that will deliver real change relevant to the climate emergency in Hertfordshire.'