The purpose of this blog is to express my opinion on various topics of the day, but in particular those relating to the environment and politics, with an eye on how these issues relate to Worcester (Worcestershire), where I live.

Back in May 2009 I decided, for the first time in my life, to join a political party. I’ve always been interested in politics, but never got involved in the nitty-gritty world of party politics.

I’ve been interested in environmental issues since I was about 18 and back in 2006 we spent most of my redundancy money on photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. We now generate most of the electricity that we use.

I got to thinking that although I’ve made a change, this has little impact on the problem of climate change and peak oil. If I could persuade or influence other people to do something similar, then that would have a greater impact.

Whilst I was thinking about this, the state of politics in the country was becoming desperate, what with the various scandals surrounding MPs expenses, plus the questions over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hence, I decided to stop talking about politics and take some action. The Green Party were the obvious choice. I’d voted for them in the past, but it had always seemed a token gesture, as there had seemed little chance of them winning. Recently, this has not been the case and in both European elections and local elections they have had successes.

This blog, however, contains my own views and not those of the Green Party.

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These are the 15 schools in the county that will be losing their school crossing patrols (Lollipop person). The rationale for this cut is supposedly not cost savings as it only costs about £3000 per year per SCP. Rather, it is because central government policy has changed and it is deemed unnecessary duplication to have a SCP if there is zebra or light controlled crossing.

Two of the schools to lose their SCP are in the St Stephen division, St Barnabas and Perdiswell.

I am very concerned about the negative impact this will have. Losing a SCP will reduce safety, even with a crossing in the area. Certainly many parents will perceive it as being less safe. As a result, some will no longer let their children walk or cycle to school and will instead drive them to school. As a result, we will have more cars, more pollution and more unhealthy children. How can this be squared with the council's responsibility for public health?

If a school wants to keep their SCP, then I will do what I can to ensure that they are retained.

This policy change seems completely pointless to me: Tiny amount of money saved; reduction in safety of children; probable increase in pollution. congestion and childhood obesity.

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The zebra crossing planned for Green Lane near St. Barnabas Primary School is due to be installed during August.

This should make this area far safer, especially for children getting to and from the local schools. I also hope that it will promote more walking and cycling to and from school.

I am helping the school with some money from my divisional fund to install a decent cycle shelter. So not only will the children be safer, they will also be healthier!

"A temporary road closure for Green Lane, Worcester for Worcestershire County Council in order to facilitate removal of raised platform for zebra crossing and lay high friction surface for approx. 22 days 30th July – 2nd September 2018."

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