Monday, 22 January 2018

Canterbury District Green Party is delighted that our Council has passed a motion stating it will work to reduce the use of single-use plastics to an absolute minimum. Coming in the week when MPs have proposed a 25p charge on disposable coffee cups, the news of our own Council's decision on reducing single-use plastics makes a really positive start to the new year.

8 million metric tonnes of plastic waste pollute the seas each year and by 2050 the weight of plastic in the oceans is predicted to exceed that of fish, posing a risk to marine life and to human health. In 2016, one third of fish surveyed on our south coast contained plastic... How do your fish and chips taste now? 

Those of us who watched albatross chicks being fed plastic by parent birds in Blue Planet II will be fully aware of how serious this worldwide problem is. It is sobering to think that the average time a plastic straw is used, for example, is 20 minutes but it'll stay around as a potential hazard for 600 years. 

We are heartened to find that our Council is taking this problem seriously and planning to reduce its use of single-use plastics, also encouraging local businesses to do the same. We are proud that Canterbury District will be joining the growing number of local authorities all over the world which are taking this action and hope that, when this motion is discussed in the Community Committee, some targets and deadlines can be set for the reduction and eventual banning of single-use plastics usage by the Council and by its service suppliers. 

The Committee could also encourage all organisations in our District to take the Plastic Free Pledge online, to provide an excellent example to their staff and customers. Perhaps it could also advise dog owners that those two plastic bags they need to have when out with their dogs should be biodegradable.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Green MEP Keith Taylor hosts meeting on Canterbury air pollution action

Green Party MEP for the South East, Keith Taylor, was again in Canterbury on 21st September, hosting a meeting about air pollution in the city. Keith has done a lot of work on air quality and earlier this year visited academics at the University of Brighton’s groundbreaking air quality monitoring station to launch his “Polluted Cities” report. 

The meeting gave Keith the opportunity to get an update on Canterbury's air pollution problem, concerns with regard to the new Local Plan, air pollution projects, as well as the legal challenge launched by Emily Shirley. You can help with the crowdfunding for this challenge by going to

Keith brought together a number of groupings working on air quality in the city, including Green Party representatives, and helped them to coordinate their activities. All are pressuring the Council to set up a Sustainable Transport Forum to initiate action on reducing car use and improving air quality.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Caroline Lucas's response to government policy on reducing air pollution

Read our Co-Leader's excellent response to the government's woefully inadequate plans for reducing air pollution, the invisible killer in our communities.

Another unsatisfactory Council consultation

A summary of the comments received on the Station Road West car park consultation is now up on the Council website:  The summary of our response on page 7 of the document is very selective. There are also summaries of responses from other groups.

This seems to have been the usual kind of consultation the Council runs. They appear to have already made up their mind and their "answers" to points raised are just a re-hash of their consultation document. There are no comments about possible changes to the design, retention of trees, reviewing plans for retail units etc. 

Friday, 7 July 2017

Our response to the planned Canterbury West Station multi-story car park

Go to Campaigns to see the Canterbury District Green Party response to the consultation on the plans for a multi-storey car park on Station Road West

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Help your local Greens by donating to our crowdfunder

To help fund our General Election campaign and the fight to win a Westgate ward seat in the by-election, also on 8th June, we need your help. The KCC elections left us low on finances, so please be as generous as you can. Many thanks. Here's the link:

Friday, 12 May 2017

General Election hustings

Our parliamentary candidate, Henry Stanton, with 
Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Amelia Womack.

There will be three hustings events for the General Election in our constituency. Our Green Party candidate, Henry Stanton, will be grateful for your support at these, so do come along if you possibly can.

Thursday, 18th May, 7.30pm-9pm at Whitstable Umbrella Community Support Centre,
St Mary's Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 1DD (arranged by the East Kent European Movement) - especially focussed on Brexit but also covering other current issues. 

The hustings are free to attend, but you will need a ticket. There are none left, but contact Pat Marsh if you'd like one of the four spare ones she has:
Doors open at 7pm, with teas and coffees, with the event starting at 7.30pm finishing for 9pm.

Friday, 26th May, 6.30pm-8pm, Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University (arranged by Christ Church's Politics Matter and The Canterbury Society)

Wednesday, 31st May, 7pm, Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent (arranged by Centre for Health Services Studies) - questions on public health policies

NB The hustings on 17th May at the University of Kent has been cancelled.

To see the Green Party's General Election priorities, go to