Solar panels on the P&Rs? Lib Dems propose sensible approach to solar energy 

Wayne National Forest Solar Panel ConstructionYes, of course the LibDems are fully behind solar energy – but not at the expense of valuable arable land!  What is needed is a sensible approach.

So if we could find a place that delivers this energy and has a positive impact on 8 other issues then it could be considered a real winner.

Well, Dave Busby – LibDem councillor for Belstead Brook – may have just had that ‘eureka’ moment. He is proposing that we should cover the Copdock Park & Ride with solar panels.

Apart from the obvious benefit of additional power what else would this proposal give us?

“Generating income for the site would mean that
– Fares could be reduced –  resulting in increased numbers using the service increasing, meaning less traffic jams and less pollution in Ipswich;
– The future viability of the site would be guaranteed;
– Students from Suffolk One could be offered cheap parking – eliminating the continuing thorny problem of them needing  to park in surrounding residential areas,”  Dave points out.

Additional benefits would be that

  • Traffic flow into town is reduced;
  • Agricultural land is retained for food production;
  • The Suffolk landscape is not blighted;
  • The site could provide a point for charging electric  cars;
  • It means a double use for an asset

Solar panels could also be added at the Martlesham P&R site to provide similar benefits on the other side of Ipswich.

So will it happen?

“Watch this space,” says Dave Busby.

LibDems fight for East of England Jobs

CBIFOcusMEPcandidatesLike it or not, more than 4 million UK jobs depend on Britain remaining in the European Union.

Which is why the Lib Dems want us to stay in Europe, unlike UKIP and the many Conservative Eurosceptics. Pulling out of Europe would be disastrous for the economy – and for Suffolk!

In the East of England a staggering 375,000 jobs will be put at risk if Britain leaves the European Union.

“The facts speak for themselves,” says Lib Dem Euro MP Andrew Duff. “Locally, the EU has provided vital funding for job creation projects and has brought in £millions of investment.

The truth is, the EU needs reform, but pulling out would lead to economic disaster.”

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UKIP: “Safer lorries? Nein danke!”

Suffolk cyclists and pedestrians will be delighted to hear that  new regulations on lorry design were adopted by the European Parliament  on Tuesday with a huge majority.

Inadequate HGV design has been implicated as a significant factor in the deaths and injuries of pedestrians and cyclists. Lorries are involved in almost one in five cycle fatalities in Britain.

Under changes pushed by Liberal Democrat MEPs, the design of lorry cabs are set to be changed. Crucially they will have larger windows to the front and side – which will increase the driver’s field of vision and reduce blind spots.  New vehicles would also have a crumple zone and a rounder front, with the intention of reducing the severity of injuries to vulnerable road users – in a  collision the design would allow a cyclist or pedestrian to be deflected away from the lorry rather than being dragged beneath it.It is thought the proposal could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents each year.

Although the vote was 606 – 54,  embarrassingly, more MEPs from the UK than any other country voted against adopting these  new rules and half of the 12 were from UKIP UKIP votes lorry, including  UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Another vote against was from the BNP’s Nick Griffin.

A full list of nay-sayers can be found here.

This vote show how divorced UKIP MEPs are from any  activity except that of claiming expenses,  ” says LibDem Transport spokesman Caroline Page.

I have twice been very nearly killed by a lorry when cycling. In both cases, poor visibility from the cab was the key issue. I am sure  that lorry drivers will welcome these proposals as fervently as cyclists and pedestrians.

 Lorry drivers don’t want to become killers, any more than cyclists want to be killed. How hard is that for UKIP to understand?”

Caroline Page