22 April 2019
This May, voters in Macclesfield, Crewe, Poynton, Knutsford and many other parts of Cheshire East have a real choice - let the same old parties continue running Cheshire East Council, or vote for real change.
Green councillors will fight for:-
“20 is plenty”:- reduced 20mph speed limits in towns would make our narrow crowded streets much safer for pedestrians - including children and disabled people - as well as drivers and passengers. Less stopping and starting, speeding up and slowing down would also mean less fuel emissions polluting the air we breathe.
Safer cycling:- many more people would cycle rather than drive if they felt safe doing so. With few, poorly-maintained cycle lanes and the roads badly potholed, cyclists can feel like they are taking their lives in their hands. We need a usable network of safe cycleways - as a start, how about making the path alongside the River Bollin accessible to cyclists to create a safe & pleasant route from Macclesfield to Prestbury?
Recycling:- all residents - including those living in flats - should be allowed to recycle. Cheshire East Council should work with landlords and building managers to make sure recycling facilities are available for everyone.
Protect green spaces:- instead of building shops and luxury houses all over our open spaces, we should make far more use of underused, empty and derelict buildings and other “brownfield” sites to provide affordable housing in town, near to shops, jobs and public transport.
Green councillors are not “whipped” like those of other parties - they are free to speak out and act on behalf of their constituents.
Greens challenge Energy Secretary after shock revelation from frackers Cuadrilla
Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Jonathan Bartley has today (21 June) sent a letter (below) to Greg Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to highlight the Party’s far-reaching concerns for the safety of the local community in the vicinity of Cuadrilla’s exploratory fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.
The letter follows a meeting between Bartley and two directors from Cuadrilla, where he put questions from the community to them. Bartley is concerned both by the lack of information about emergency plans provided to the residents and by significant questions over whether or not there is even an evacuation plan in the event of a well blow out or other accident.
“We’re calling on the Secretary not to make a decision over whether to grant a licence to frack until the matter has been investigated thoroughly and safety concerns are addressed. The fact that local residents don’t even know if there’s even a proper plan in place for emergencies - let alone evacuation - is deeply concerning.
“It would be completely unacceptable and be playing fast and loose with people’s safety to ignore these issues. The Secretary of State clearly shouldn’t make a decision on whether Cuadrilla should be allowed to frack until these serious questions are answered and the concerns of local people are addressed.”
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