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Cambridge development should be carbon-neutral

May 14, 2007 3:58 PM

Lib Dems on Cambridge City Council have called for Cambridge East to be an eco-town.

The call follows news that Gordon Brown has called for five new eco towns to be built.

Executive City Councillor for Planning and Transport, Sian Reid, said:

"We need to be able to set high standards in all developments, not just in Gordon Brown's eco-towns. Why have just 5 eco-towns?

"We want to set higher environmental standards here in Cambridge. On City Council land on Clay Farm we are planning a cutting edge sustainable design. But we want to be able to demand similar high standards from commercial developers.

"It is likely that we will put the Cambridge East development forward as a potential eco-town to the government; but at present the only information we have about the scheme is from a press release. We hope that there is real depth and detail - and investment - behind the ideas set out. We want Cambridge East to be carbon-neutral, not just in housing but in transport as well."

Councillor Reid also raised concerns about local transport. She commented:

"All around us we see plans for money to be spent on roads and airports and only a tiny fraction on public transport.

Councillor Sian Reid

Councillor Sian Reid

"If Gordon Brown is serious about climate change he needs to take tough decisions such as cancelling the second runway at Stansted and turn his back on the Highways Agency plan to widen the M11 south of Stansted."