23 February 2017
Worcester Green Party successfully proposed three budget amendments at Worcester City Council’s meeting of full council at the Guildhall on 21st February.
The Green group leader, Cllr Louis Stephen, said: "We are very pleased. We secured cross party agreement for all three of our budget ideas: to install solar panels and electric car charging points on top of St Martin's Gate Car Park, to invest in energy saving ideas for the Guildhall, and also to plant trees to reduce air pollution in key parts of the city centre."
Solar panels on St Martin's Gate Car Park
The City Council will set aside £80,000 from the 2017/18 City Plan annual £1 million budget and then after proper investigation to structural, technical and commercial feasibility will implement a solar panel installation on top of St Martin's Gate car park. The scheme will be designed to minimise loss of parking spaces and will offer a number of electric car charging points.
Energy conservation in the Guildhall
The City Council will set aside up to £10,000 from the 2017/18 City Plan annual £1 million budget to investigate possible invest-to-save options to reduce the energy costs of running The Guildhall.
Additional tree planting
The City Council will work with the County Council in assessing the feasibility of various sites and provide an initial £20,000 fund to pay for a number of trees to be planted.