Future planning

It should be a basic mandatory inclusion that the "Island Plan" should include the reduction of our carbon emissions. We are still haggling over the new hospital build, a new build that is based on vehicle access, it seems to be backward thinking. we are running out of time to change the way we commute, electric vehicles, covered travelators, E-cycles, all of these should be included in all future planning or shall we just wait until December 2029 and have a massive costly knee jerk reaction.

Why the contribution is important

We are running out of time to change the way we see our responsibility for the unchecked destruction of our planet!

 

by DannySEMoisan on March 02, 2021 at 10:48AM

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  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne March 02, 2021 at 17:14

    The new access road for the hospital is built around sustainable transport. The road is being made wide enough for two buses to pass and to provide an 'active travel' corridor (whether that's going to be a glorified pavement or something better remains to be seen, but at least it's being considered). I think in general our transport policy does need to be less car-focused but the Hospital situation generally speaking has its own specific needs of vehicle access (such as ambulances, deliveries and obviously emergency situations that don't need ambulances are probably going to be quicker by car than by bike or bus). On the other hand, hospital parking should not be free for visitors and staff to discourage non-essential use of cars. Reduced fee (say 50p rather than the usual 90p) for able-bodied visitors & hospital staff and free for patients would probably be the right path.
  • Posted by SustainableIsland March 04, 2021 at 15:37

    i think the Hospital Access road is not in this instance a good example. A proper green travel Plan needs to be drawn up for the project which will reduce car and bus dependency not enhance it. We should generally be looking at refurbishment of existing buildings rather than building new buildings, the CO2 emissions are a 1/3 with refurbishment. This really needs to be taken on board for all future building projects. So rather than construction projects being an exception to the rule they should all have this as a clear priority. Construction accounts for 40% of CO2 emissions annually so it is a clear area that contributes to carbon emissions. The Author's point, we are running out of time is very real. Time to act now
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