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 https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/canterburyairpollution/

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:  https://www.canterbury.gov.uk/stationroadwest  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: canterburygpsecretary@gmail.com
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 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/election-priorities.html

County council election results

The Green Party was the only nationwide opposition party with an increase in its number of seats in the 2017 local elections.

In our District there was a 25% increase in our vote from 8% to 10% in Canterbury City North, which was considered good in the current political climate. The Lib Dems did well: their vote was up from 8% to 24%, while Labour’s results were down by vote share, as were the Conservatives, from 43% to 36%, although they won 67 seats out of the 81 (Lib Dems 6, Labour 5 and Greens 1 – Martin Whybrow in Hythe retained his seat). Overall, though, the Lib Dem share across the county was not spectacular, nor was it across the country.
However, the local Lib Dems were guilty of underhand actions. Some voters in Canterbury City North and South received personally addressed letters on the eve of polling day, apparently aware of their intention to vote Green or Labour, urging them to vote Lib Dem instead as the only real opposition to the Tories.
Judging by the KCC election results, a large number of these voters appear to have fallen for the Lib Dems’ overtures. This was particularly galling in Canterbury City North, where loyal Green supporters spent many hours of their free time winning over voters on the doorstep with never a yellow rosette in sight. When it came to the election, the Lib Dems failed to win the seat in that division, having had little chance of doing so despite their claims, and yet they increased their vote substantially.
Canterbury District Green Party offered the Lib Dems a pact for the May elections last December, precisely in order to defeat the Tories in Canterbury. The idea was rejected without so much as a meeting to discuss it.
local Lib Dems should, however, reflect that their dirty tricks might not work on the electorate again. For those wanting to vote tactically in the General Election in June to defeat our Tory MP but without the time to research the 2015 results, it may be useful to know that the Lib Dems received just 11% of the vote.

The only chance we have of returning a non-Tory Canterbury MP to Westminster is to form a progressive alliance to stand one single candidate to represent the three local parties. As this proposal from the Greens has been rejected by both the Lib Dems and Labour, the only choice local progressives have is to vote for the party which most closely represents what they believe in and to build up that party’s strength to stand up for those beliefs in the future.