Green bus shelters will not compensate for loss of valuable parkland
The Sketty Liberal Democrat team has called Labour claims that 'green’ bus shelters will improve air quality and protect the environment as a poor compensation for the potential loss of valuable parkland to development.
Lib Dem team member, Dr James McGettrick said ‘While we welcome any initiative to improve air quality, we really question Labour’s reliance on a headline-grabbing gimmick when there are many better ways of helping the environment. For example, in answer to my question at November’s Council meeting, the Cabinet Member refused to rule out selling off part of Singleton Park, which will result in irreversible damage to the environment.
‘Allowing the building of 42 homes in Singleton Park is going to permanently destroy some of our best-loved and precious green spaces’, added fellow team member, Nicola Furlong. ‘And selling off the land for housing will lead to poorer air quality, increased pollution and damage to the environment.’
Michael Locke also queried the way that public resources are being used. ‘How can it be credible to put public money into these bus shelters,’ he said, ‘but at the same time, propose to sell off public land and put money into the pockets of private developers? It just doesn’t seem to make sense’
'Singleton Park has been in public ownership for over a century,’ said Councillor Cheryl Philpott, ‘and we want to protect it for future generations. Once the area is built on, it will leave an indelible scar on our treasured environment. Unlike Labour, we have been listening to residents' concerns and are challenging the sell-off.’