THE NEWLY-elected Liberal Democrat councillors will put forward two motions at Wednesday’s full council meeting, calling for action on traffic congestion and climate change, writes Alice Green.
The first motion, put forward by group leader Coun Rob Hunter and seconded by Sue Baxter, leader of the Independent Alliance, demands action against traffic congestion, particularly concerning the need for a Western By-pass.
Coun Hunter said delays accounted for around a quarter of all journey times across the transport network and the roads needed upgrading urgently in an environmentally sustainable way.
The second motion, being brought forward by Coun Siobhan Hughes, is part of a national campaign to declare a climate emergency.
Coun Hughes said global warming was ‘a real threat to all of us’ and is asking the council to put in place ambitious targets such as a reduction in carbon emissions and a greater use of renewable energy sources.
She added ‘we must act now’, claiming that, by 2050, maximum summer temperatures across Worcestershire could rise by 7.5 degrees with devastating consequences.