AUGUST 2022: News from our local MP Chris Skidmore

July 28 2022

Rally shows we’re at cutting edge of climate mission

AS the local MP, I was delighted to see Emersons Green feature on the national stage as we progress with our net zero carbon reduction goals.

The Science Park featured as a key stop on the route of the recent Great British Electric Vehicle Rally.

Staged over five days, taking in more than 1,400 miles, the GBEVR will demonstrate what is possible when it comes to electrifying vehicles in this country.

Rally participants were able to make use of the council’s flagship charging hub, which has been built at the Science Park, and which is a stone’s throw from the new Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems, that will carry out world-leading research on the technologies of the future.

It’s fantastic that our community is at the cutting edge of this global mission to combat climate change.

But regardless of whether vehicles are propelled by the latest batteries or by the traditional combustion engine, they should always travel around at safe speeds.

I know that vehicle speeds along Willowherb Road continue to be of concern locally. That’s why I recently met on site with local Emersons Green Conservative councillors to discuss progress on introducing new measures to slow traffic down.

The council continues to make progress with the developers, who remain responsible for the highways in Lyde Green. We can expect a consultation on proposed road safety measures shortly. This is part of the wider Linking the Greens project, to help people move around the local area more easily, whether that’s through walking, cycling and sustainable modes.

Connections between Emersons Green and Lyde Green will be further strengthened through the delivery of important new community infrastructure.

Along with my neighbouring MP colleague Luke Hall, we continue to work with all parties to stress the importance of the timely delivery of the new Lyde Green school and I will continue to campaign for this to be achieved for our community. This new school has been the subject of campaigning by Cllr Colin Hunt for 20 years, but we now must finally deliver it for our area to benefit our new generation.

As the local MP, I have enjoyed working with Emersons Green ward Conservative councillors Judy Adams, Colin Hunt and Rachael Hunt who have consistently campaigned for investment in our local services and facilities.