David Lepper, Labour and Co-operative MP for Brighton Pavilion, will speak on combating Ghost Town Britain and the need for local sustainability and community involvement at a meeting in the Brighton Centre on Thursday 18 May.
The meeting is organised by Local Works – the campaign for a Sustainable Communities Bill to encourage thriving local economies based on environmental protection, community involvement and democratic participation.
David Lepper said
“I am concerned about the various signs of community decline which could threaten neighbourhoods in Brighton and Hove and are already doing so in some parts of Sussex through, for example, the closures of Post Offices, community pharmacies and local independent newsagents. Businesses which should be at the centre of local community life.
“I am also concerned at the increasing threat to independent shops by the big
supermarkets extending the range of products they offer and moving into locations where they had previously not been represented.”
Bolton North East MP David Crausby is calling on the Government to speed up the introduction of measures to tackle climate change.
He is co-sponsoring a House of Commons Early Day Motion commenting on the Government’s March 2006 publication Climate Change – the UK programme 2006 which sets out the UK’s current and proposed initiatives to cut UK emissions of greenhouse gases.
Mr. Crausby said:
“The UK accounts for about two per cent of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, with most other countries’ emissions still increasing. Too few people in the UK or abroad are much inclined to abandon, for example, their cars or their cheap flights and the danger is that climate change will increase greatly in the next few decades.
I’m disappointed to note that less than 10 per cent of the publication is devoted to dealing with the UK’s adaptation to the effects of climate change. It talks too much about yet more studies and a quite insufficient amount relates to concrete actions to adapt to the actual effects of climate change on the UK.”