Excellent interview in the latest Brighton Insight with new Labour Council leader, Cllr Simon Burgess.
He outlines his vision on the environment, housing and transport and talks about being a vegetarian.
He also points out that 87% are now happy with the refuse/recycling service in Brighton and Hove compared to 50% a few years ago.
The Insight also has an excellent balanced article about the proposed new incinerator/ energy recovery facility at Newhaven. The UK incinerates the least of it's waste in the EU (less than 9% compared to Switzerland that incinerates 47%) and new plants have improved dramatically efficiency wise, reducing emissions to a bare minimum (less than 3% of total waste). The plants themselves are carbon beneficial and will produce electricity for 16,500 homes. Nobody wants an incinerator near to where they live, but nobody wants a waste dump either and an incinerator can be less harmful to the environment. Pandering to the NIMBYs on every single issue is fine for opposition parties like the Lib Dems who never have to carry out any policies, but it does the honesty of the debate no justice (in a recent leaflet the Lib Dems even claimed credit for Gordon Brown's free local bus travel for pensioners, the cheek!). The truth is, we need a range of solutions to our waste problems and incineration is part of that solution.
I'm planning on posting a few more posts on local issues over the coming months, in particular about Cllr Roy Pennington and Lucy Potter, the Labour candidates for Regency in the 2007 elections.