Notes for our Liberal Democrat County Councillors - Sally, Nigel, Adrian and Ron. A Wish List from a Member
OK, we know you're only the Opposition on Hertfordshire County Council and ditto on Dacorum Borough Council, but could you please remember some "Here and Now" projects and policies that could help mitigate Climate Change and make it a bit more likely that there'll be a "Here After" for our grandchildren and our greatchildren? Help them have a better chance of surviving the fires, floods, famines, storms and wars that are on the way.
This is not criticism, but rather suggestions and encouragement! However, we do call upon the Lib Dem DBC councillors to Plan for Dacorum, don't just plan for Hemel Hempstead!
- Quieter, Family-Friendly Communities - less pollution, less stress, stronger neighbourhoods.
a) 20 mph speed limits the default in all residential areas and on all roads that pass schools. Build this into all new developments.
b) Install modern traffic calming measures - like the sinusoidal profile speed tables in Christchurch Road, Tring - as reminders to drivers to encourage compliance.
c) Extend the 20mph area in Tring to cover the east of the town, plus the new estate off the Icknield Way.
d) Encourage a resumption of the "Play Out" Schemes - supervised play during Sunday street closures.
e) All on-pavement car parking to be prohibited except where specifically permitted, e.g. Wingrave Road, Tring
- Encouragement for Active Transport - less pollution, healthier people, happier families.
a) encourage cycling and walking with family-friendly footways/cycleways, easier access to footpaths, nature reserves and open spaces, canal towpaths and country lanes with strategic "leisure parking" if necessary (e.g. on Little Tring .
b) off-carriageway, segregated cycleways along all major routes to encourage practical active transport, e.g. along: the Icknield Way from Bulbourne to Aston Clinton, A4251 from Aston Clinton to Berkhamsted, Cow Lane, Tring, easier e-bike access to Apsley, Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted rail stations and an improved and widened cycleway/footway to Tring Station.
c) dedicated, secure cycle parking facilities at strategic bus stops with provision for e-bike charging (13 amp)
d) a 40 mph speed restrictions on all unclassified roads and lanes within the Chilterns AONB to encourage safer leisure by cyclists, walkers and horseriders.
- Encouragement for Greener Transport - less pollution, healthier children, quieter roads
a) Public Transport - including greater use of taxis - to be encouraged by all Local Authorities in every way possible, including financial support.
b) Taxi Ranks and Pick Up Points to be supplied with dedicated rapid EV top up facilities (43kW minimum)
c) At least 50% of all public car parks with space for 20+ cars to be provided with e-bike (13 amp) and EV charging (7.4kW) points
d) Ranks of 6 rapid EV chargers (50kW, 100kW, 150kW) for long-distance travel to be installed near M1 Junctions 8 and 9, A41 Bourne End Services and near junction with Icknield Way
e) Restoration of the former Park & Ride scheme in Gadebridge Park with 10 fast EV chargers (7.4kW) and secure cycle parking with e-bike charging (13 amp) - destinations by small-scale electric buses to include Rail Station, Maylands Industrial Estate, Marlowes, with a taxi rank in addition.
- Regulations to drive compliance with local Climate Change commitments and National Policy - less pollution, healthier people, quieter communities.
a) a Bye Law to ensure that the growing number of home deliveries in Dacorum are made in electric vans, all taxis are EVs and all buses are diesel mild hybrids and commercial deliveries by HGVs within the Borough must be made by vehicles which comply with the Euro VI emission standards
b) all flat or southfacing roofs or surfaces of public buildings and suitable areas of public open space to be fitted with PV panels to generate electricity
c) current "no idling" prohibitions are rigourously observed - especially near schools - and supported by local regulations if necessary.