BELLE MONT reports on how the LibDems in Sutton have been exposed once again for their incompetence on environmental issues
The incinerating LibDems in Sutton have managed to miss out on a share of a multi-million-pound fund to encourage environmentally friendly electric car use because… they didn’t know about it.
Christopher Woolmer, a Labour candidate at the upcoming local elections, asked a question at the most recent meeting of Sutton Council, to try to discover why the authority had not made an application to a £4.5million fund for installing additional electric car charging points.
Jill Whitehead, the LibDem councillor who chairs the environment and neighbourhood committee, responded by saying that the fund was “not for London boroughs”.
But five other local authorities, including Kensington and Chelsea (which, when we last checked, was somewhere in London) had all applied for the money.
When Woolmer provided confirmation from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles to finger-on-the-pulse Whitehead, the senior LibDem councillor was forced to apologise for her previous, “misleading” answer, and to admit “we do now understand that this funding is available to London boroughs”.
Today, Woolmer told Inside Croydon, “I was shocked to discover that the Liberal Democrats had dropped the ball on applying for this important money.
“Environmental issues are ever more important to Sutton’s residents, and the Liberal Democrats ought to pay more attention when financial matters are at stake.
“Labour councillors are needed in Sutton to sharpen up the council, and act effectively on environmental issues.”
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