Nottingham City Transport has launched its new line of 9 bio-gas double deckers on the Lime 58 line, emitting 84% less CO2 emissions compared to the ones they are replacing – reducing Nottingham’s carbon footprint and improving air quality.
Overall Nottingham City Transport is investing £42 million to reduce its emissions. By the end of the year the entire fleet of buses will have a Euro VI emissions standard are better – making NCT the cleanest fleet in the UK. In total Nottingham will have 120 bio-gas buses, the largest fleet of bio-gas buses in the world, an impressive achievement that we should all be proud of.
Currently, bio-gas buses operate on the following routes:
Green 6to West Bridgford and Edwalton
Green 10 to Wilford Hill and Ruddington
Brown 17 to City Hospital and Bulwell
Lilac 24, 25 to Carlton, Westdale Lane and
Lilac 27 to Carlton
Orange 36 to QMC, Beeston and Chilwell
Red 44to Colwick, Netherfield and
Navy 49 to Queens Drive Park and Ride and
Sky Blue 45 to Mapperley and Gedling
Purple 89 to Sherwood, City Hospital and Rise
Bio-gas helps to reduce the amount of food, farm and sewage waste which goes to landfill or is not reused by capturing methane emitted from the digestion process. As the gas does not need to be transported by tanker, unlike diesel buses, emissions are cut even during the fuel supply process.
In addition to the environmental benefits gained, customers can access free superfast 4G Wi-Fi, USB charging points integrated into seating, enjoy bright interiors and high quality seating.
The introduction of bio-gas buses to Nottingham has been an exciting development in line with our commitment to ensure we reduce CO2 emissions. These shining new buses are a testament to how seriously Nottingham is taking the challenges presented by climate change, leading the world in taking the bold and necessary actions.
Construction of the new Broadmarsh Library, Car Park
and Bus Station has reached a significant milestone this week, as installation
of building foundations begins and I was proud to visit the construction site
with Steve Merrin, Operations Director of Galliford Try and David Williams,
Deputy Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership D2N2.
Now construction work is visibly underway both here and at intu Broadmarsh,
local people will start to benefit from the new construction jobs and training
in the city, and subsequently when the developments are complete. We can look
forward to a fantastic new area, bringing a variety of new jobs, the best
children’s library in the country and a welcoming Broadmarsh area Nottingham
can be proud of.
The development of Nottingham’s Southside area is ambitious, providing new
spaces for people to work, live, play and learn with new Grade A office space,
housing, retail and leisure opportunities and the new Nottingham College City
Hub. It’s an exciting time for Nottingham as these unprecedented developments
get underway. This does mean there will be some disruption, but we intend to
keep this to an absolute minimum while we transform the Southside area of the
It’s important to note that this redevelopment
is not at the cost of council services people expect such as street cleaning,
bin collection or Community Protection Officers. The money the council is
investing in this is not council tax – instead the council has secured external
funding and loans, supported by increasing car parking, advertising and rental
income so council services aren’t affected.
The people of Nottingham have shown a lot of patience by waiting for the
forthcoming redevelopment of the area and it’s about to be rewarded. This
redevelopment is about the future of our city and will bring jobs, growth, more
visitors and greater confidence in the city centre. Already the redevelopment
is inspiring private sector investment around the area, at Unity Square, City
Buildings and the Island Site to name a few, meaning there will be better
opportunities for those who live and work here and more prosperity for local
As with many other housing developments in the city, Waterside is creating a new residential community with its own identity and character, but the full potential of this can only be achieved by ensuring the proper infrastructure comes along with it – which is why I was pleased last week that a 420-place school with a 60-place nursery had been approved in the Waterside area.
The Waterside development is in my ward and one of my local promises for Dales ward during the election was to campaign for a new primary school to address the shortage of places and provide for new families moving into the area. We have long wanted to develop the Waterside area into a new sustainable community and Greenwood Academy Trust have worked well with the council to develop their proposals, which will provide much-needed extra school places and a high-quality learning environment for local children.
In addition to additional school place Executive Board this week also approved which gave further guidance for the next phase of the development, leading to:
A new Riverside Path
New facilities to complement the residential development
New streets and routes
New high quality open space and public realm
Provision of parking appropriate to the scale, layout and design of new development
It is so important that new housing developments are accompanied with these sorts of infrastructure so the standard of life does not suffer. In our 2019 manifesto that’s why we committed to making sure that new housing developments are fully served with jobs, shops and services for local people.
We are succeeding in achieving this with Waterside and must make sure this practise takes place in other upcoming housing developments such as Clifton.
Two weeks ago I was
honored to be formally elected as the Leader of Nottingham City Council and I
am proud to share the responsibility of leading our city with a new team that
reflects and represents our city. The
new intake of councillors brings with it new ideas and experiences and I am
ready to lead and work with the talented group of councillors to achieve the
ambitious and exciting pledges that we have set out to the public.
I recognise that the City Council has a role to play in leading by example on
equalities. That’s why we included an equalities section in our manifesto for
the first time and included a pledge to make sure that at least half of the
Council’s Executive and one of the Leader and Deputy Leader are women. Having
elected Cllr Sally Longford as the Council’s new Deputy Leader, I am pleased to
confirm that the Group have now elected the following members to the Council’s
Councillor Cheryl Barnard
Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark
Councillor Neghat Khan
Councillor Rebecca Langton
Councillor Dave Trimble
Councillor Sam Webster
Councillor Adele Williams
Councillor Linda Woodings
is also great to welcome councillors Merlita Bryan, Angela Kandola, Zafran
Khan, Leslie Ayoola and Chantal Lee as our new Executive Assistants. The new
intake of councillors has seen the number of women increase to 29 out of 55 and
the Cabinet becoming predominantly female for the first time ever, while all
the executive assistants from a black and minority ethnic background.
At a time of great cynicism towards government, I want Nottingham City Council to stand out as a group of people who do what they say they will do. Setting out our plans and reporting back on the progress of these policies is essential to being accountable to the people we are here to serve. Over the next 4 years, our top 5 priorities for the city are:
Build or buy 1000 Council or social homes for rent
Create 15,000 new jobs for Nottingham people
Build a new Central Library, making it the best children’s library in the UK
Cut crime, and reduce anti-social behaviour by a quarter
Ensure Nottingham is the cleanest big city in England and keep neighbourhoods as clean as the city centre
In May, the Council adopted Labour’s 2019 manifesto which will form the basis of council policies over the next four years. The Council has transformed dramatically and we’re having to find creative ways to manage cuts to vital services. Despite these challenges over the last 4 years we’ve delivered in full on 178 out of the 202 commitments in the Council Plan. The message is clear – funding cuts don’t mean we can’t afford to be ambitious, they mean we can’t afford not to be.
As we move forward, partnership working will be crucial to meet the challenges ahead. We will need to refresh and where necessary, reset our relationship with our traditional partners across the city, and beyond, and develop new ones where we can. During the last 2 weeks I have been meeting with partners across the city to explore new and creative ways to deliver vital services to the people of Nottingham and will continue to do this in the weeks and months ahead.
Nottingham City Council has long led the way in green technology and has already done lots of work to create a more sustainable city. The latest project will see 150 Nottingham City Homes upgraded with innovative energy-saving and energy-generating measures, which will lead to warmer homes, cheaper energy bills for local residents and reduce our carbon footprint by ensuring all energy needs come from low carbon sources.
The £5 million project called Energiesprong is a ground-breaking whole-house renovation approach, pioneered in the Netherlands. It upgrades a home with innovative energy-saving and energy-generating measures, which include new highly insulated outside walls and windows, a solar roof, and a state of the art heating system. The programme is also entirely funded through an EU grant.
This work builds on the Greener HousiNG programme which has already seen the council working with Nottingham City Homes to connect 94 new households to the city’s energy-from-waste, low carbon, district heating network. Likewise the REMOURBAN project has already provided funding to make 400 homes in Sneinton more energy efficient and has led to a significant improvement in the external appears of homes adding to the regeneration of the local area.
The Energiesprong project is complemented by a number of other initiatives taken by Nottingham City council to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, including:
· £15 million investment in one of the UK’s largest electric bus fleets
· Investment in biogas and retrofitted buses
· Developing and expanding the electric tram network
· Improving cycling facilities, including bike hubs and a cycle hire scheme
· Significant investment in cycle corridors
· Introduction of the Workplace Parking Levy – tackling congestion and containing traffic growth, while generating funds to invest in public transport
· ·Installing solar panels on 4500 domestic properties across the city
I look forward to the completion of this work on the NCH homes and hope we can continue to get the funding needed to ensure every Nottingham home gets similar improvements.