The Member of Parliament for Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond, held his second local climate drop-in at the Lantern Arts Centre in Raynes Park on Saturday.
The drop-in was an opportunity for local residents to share their ideas for improving and enhancing their local environment and sharing solutions for tackling climate change at a local level.
Some of the issues which were raised included:
- Should Merton Council allow solar panels to be installed on rooves and should they be mandated as part of new developments?
- How can we deliver better insulation at a local level to keep emissions and bills low?
- How to ensure EV charging is available to those without off-street parking and if The Council should work with private sector partners to install more charging points locally.
- Would you like to see more pocket parks and enhanced protection for our existing green spaces?
- How to support those who wish to use an Electric Vehicle but don’t have off-street parking.
Commenting, Stephen Hammond MP, said:
“It was great to hear from local residents in Raynes Park about their ideas for tackling climate change and protecting our environment locally. We all agree that there must be national and international action on Climate Change. However, there are actions we can take at a local level which will make a big different – particularly insulation of homes, ensuring people don’t idle their engines, and making it easier for people to install solar panels.
“I am looking forward to hosting more Climate Change Drop-ins across Wimbledon in the Autumn and into next year.”
Stephen also discussed potential options for opening new cycle paths between Motspur Park, Raynes Park, and Wimbledon; how to protect against flash flooding locally by improving drainage; and how to ensure school streets, the ULEZ, and other policies reduce pollution and don’t simply move pollution and cost burden onto those who are less well off.