Greg Barker, Minster of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and MP for Bexhill and Battle, visited the Brighton Kemptown Constituency on 9th May. Mr Barker’s visit included a tour of an eco-home in the city, followed by a roundtable discussion at the University of Brighton, where he met representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and important members of the sustainable energy community.
He discussed the Green Deal at the meeting – the government’s plan to radically overhaul to energy efficiency of the nation’s homes. He then proceeded to visit Telscombe Civic Centre to meet Telscombe Town Councillors to discuss the recent retrofitting of the Civic Centre to make it more energy efficient.
Mr Barker’s visit comes at the invitation of Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown, and it demonstrated the significant strides being made in the Brighton Kemptown area to promote green businesses, encourage better energy use and to find environmentally friendly solutions to local problems.
Mr Kirby said: ‘I am delighted that the Minster of State visited on Monday so that he could see the great progress that is being made locally to build on the vision of the environmentally sustainable United Kingdom. Brighton and the surrounding area is a national leader in embracing new technologies based on sound science to create practical applications to improve people’s lives in an environmentally friendly way.'
'Greg Barker’s visit will give a terrific boost to the eco home movement in the city. The visit to Brighton University demonstrated the link between business and the University in developing cutting edge ideas and hearing the Government’s own proposals. The visit to Telscombe Civic Centre will highlight the practical implications of solar technology and other initiates the Town Council is pursuing.’