Safe and Sustainable Transport, Protecting the Environment
Policing needs to contribute to protecting our environment and combatting climate change. This is not just about greener ways of working for the Police, although these will be a priority. I will work with our public transport providers to ensure people feel safe on buses and trains. By enforcing speed limits we can reduce emissions from cars. Effective road safety policing and safer public spaces will encourage more sustainable transport use, including more walking and cycling. It remains the case that more people die or are seriously injured on Norfolk’s roads than from other types of crime. Enforcement against speeding, poorly maintained vehicles, use of a mobile telephone or driving while unfit for any reason will continue to be a Police priority.
There needs to be more support for communities blighted by flytipping with greater Police involvement in prevention and enforcement, although the main issues lie with local Council charges for waste disposal. I will also work closely with the Environment Agency to stop industrial and agricultural pollution, especially of Norfolk’s rivers.
As well as causing personal distress, economic damage, and danger to life floods place extra demands on Police and the Fire & Rescue Service who risk their lives to keep people safe. Flooding in Norfolk is not a natural disaster. It is a direct result of poor planning decisions and failure to manage drainage and waterways in the face of climate change. As PCC I will challenge the building of additional housing without improved infrastructure and the individuals and organisations that neglect their responsibility for managing land, drains, and watercourses. I will oppose unnecessary roadbuilding that impacts negatively on our environment by destroying habitats and increasing traffic – adding to the risks of climate change. Our Labour County manifesto contains excellent measures I will support strongly as PCC.