Labour Councillors in Dartford have said it is unacceptable that the Dartford Crossing is still not being included in assessments of air pollution in Dartford, six months after the government promised to correct the oversight.
The news comes as a report before Dartford Councils Policy Overview Committee reveals that Dartford has the second highest rate of hospital admissions for asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Labour’s Shadow Chair on the Committee Councillor Daisy Page (Centre) expressed her concerns
“The data in this report shows that air pollution levels in Dartford remain unacceptably high, The link between poor air quality and health issues is well established and data shows that there is a correlation between proximity to the Dartford Crossing and hospital admissions for asthma and chronic heart disease. We need to see urgent action to tackle the issue of air pollution in Dartford.
It is unacceptable that 6 months after it was first revealed that the Dartford Crossing was not included in assessments of air quality pollution because it classed it as a rural road, the government have still not corrected this error. Labour will be proposing that the Policy Overview Committee writes to Ministers as a matter of urgency to ensure that the Crossing is included in the Government's Air Quality Plan. This is especially important in light of the health risks that the data the Policy Overview Committee have been given show. The Government delayed naming the location of the Lower Thames Crossing – we now need to make sure they push forward with construction as quickly as we’ve heard nothing on progress since the announcement was made”
Labour’s Leader on Dartford Council Cllr Jonathon Hawkes said the response from the government and the Council wasn’t good enough
“Air pollution is one of the most important issues facing Dartford in the next decade. However, the response of bothConservative Council and the Government has beencomplacent and inadequate. The Government Air Quality Action Plan claims that air pollution in Dartford will fall to ‘acceptable’ levels by 2020 but offer no evidence to support how or why that will happen. I think the health of our residents is too important take that claim at face value, the council appears to be using this claim as a basis not take any real action to help reduce air pollution levels.
Dartford Conservatives have clearly failed to influence the Government in taking our air pollution crisis seriously. The government are still not including the Crossing in the model for the Air Quality Plan. If the Cabinet Member Cllr Keith Kelly cannot or will not raise with the government, Labour will.
Labour believes that local councils should be empowered and supported to bring forward their own initiatives to tackle air pollution in their local communities and a Labour Council in Dartford in 2019 will treat this a priority. Monitoring of air quality is important but we need to take much bolder steps. Sadly, the Conservative Council's responses to the UK Action Plan ducked the chance to present ideas to government that would enable this authority to constructively influence how air quality is improved in the Borough”
Labour Councillors in Dartford have said it is unacceptable that the Dartford Crossing is still not being included in assessments of air pollution in Dartford, six months after the government promised to correct the...
Dartford Labour Party are calling on the town’s MP Gareth Johnson to back a fair wage for nurses and NHS staff in Dartford by voting the scrap the cap on public sector pay.
A Labour motion to scrap the public sector pay cap of 1%, which has been in place since 2010, will be debated in parliament on Wednesday September 13th.
Labour’s leader on Dartford Council, Jonathon Hawkes said that Gareth Johnson should show he understands the concerns of people who work in the NHS and other vital public services in Dartford by voting to scrap the pay cap.
“After seven years of austerity, continuing the public sector pay cap is unfair and unjustified.
Gareth Johnson has a choice. On Wednesday, he can stand with nurses and NHS staff at Darent Valley Hospital and vote to scrap the cap, or he can toe the government line. A government line that has resulted in a 14% pay cut for nursing staff since 2010 and has seen nurses being forced to use food banks in order to survive.
That can’t be how the government should treat people who work tirelessly to care for our community. That’s why Labour would scrap the cap immediately and I believe there are many Conservatives who now agree with us. I hope they vote with their conscience on Wednesday. If parliament stands together and votes to scrap the cap, nurses and other public sector staff in Dartford can finally receive the pay rise they need and deserve.”
Darford Labour’s health spokesperson and former parliamentary candidate Dr Bachchu Kailash Kaini said the pay cap should be lifted as it was having an impact of local health services.
Under the Conservatives, more people are leaving nursing than joining. There is a shortage of 40,000 nurses in the UK and our own local CCG here in Dartford is experiencing challenges recruiting registered nurses. Registered nurse numbers are down for the first time since 2008 and the situation is going to be made worse as nursing applications are also down 23% in 2017 – since the government scraped bursaries for student nurses and replaced them with loans. Nurses deserve fair pay. That’s why we are demanding the government scrap the cap on pay and I urge Gareth Johnson to support Labour in the debate on Wednesday.
The Labour party has pledged to lift the 1 per cent pay cap, to reinstate bursaries for student nurses and to put £6bn a year into the NHS.
Dartford Labour Party are calling on the town’s MP Gareth Johnson to back a fair wage for nurses and NHS staff in Dartford by voting the scrap the cap on...
Yesterday, Emma Morley was elected as Dartford Labour's Newest Councillor.
Winning with an impressive 70% of the vote, Emma will represent St Johns Ward on Stone Parish Council.
The election was called because Dave Baker, the previous parish councillor for St Johns, sadly passed away in May. Dave was a lovely man and a fantastic advocate for local people. He will be greatly missed.
The turnout for the election was 15% and the full result is available at http://www.dartfordlabourparty.org.uk/recent_election_results
On her victory, Emma said:
"I'm over the moon to be elected as one of your Parish councillors for St John's ward, Stone.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me, and those that helped with my campaign.
I have huge boots to fill following the lovely Dave Baker and I hope I can do him proud.
I can't wait to get started!"
Yesterday, Emma Morley was elected as Dartford Labour's Newest Councillor. Winning with an impressive 70% of the vote, Emma will represent St Johns Ward on Stone Parish Council. The election...