A GREEN VOTE IS A VOTE FOR A FUTURE THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE
Thank you for voting Green in the last County elections. The Greens stood a full slate in Tonbridge and Malling and three candidates in Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks respectively.
The Green Party is dedicated to delivering environmental and social justice while ensuring we live in a prosperous society that puts the wellbeing of all its members at the heart of the economy.
All the other parties just promise more of the same and they all support the neoliberal economic ideology that insists the majority of people have to make sacrifices to pay for the greed of the few.
As the only UK party that has a fully worked out anti-austerity strategy, we won't trash the countryside in the name of "growth" that only benefits a few but we will build affordable housing and provide better transport, worthwhile jobs and sustainable industry that doesn't pollute and waste resources.
In West Kent, and throughout the county, we have a range of practical policies that are designed to address the very real problems we face.
We want to build resilient and self-reliant communities that support all their members and invest in the future to ensure that our children inherit a world worth living in. We don't promise quick fixes, we don't blame scapegoats and we don't attempt to divide and rule by stigmatising the most vulnerable in society. Neither do we look back to a golden age or seek to turn the clock back. Instead, we have a vision of an inclusive and caring society that works within the limitations and possibilities of the natural world to help every individual to become the best they can be.
ENDING POVERTY, INCREASING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES & IMPROVING SERVICES...
Britain has become the most unequal society amongst the rich industrialised countries. Kent County Council must help to reduce poverty by:
- Bringing empty homes into use and replacing long-term empty shops and derelict industrial units with social housing.
- Reducing class sizes and expanding services to young people and the elderly; employing enough staff to meet the needs of the vulnerable and poor in our county.
- Reintroducing the Community Programme, to provide employment and training to long-term unemployed people throughout Kent.
- Stepping up all schemes to improve energy efficiency in homes and other buildings to help reduce energy costs for all.
- Better support for forming cooperatives as new businesses. Everyone should benefit from a thriving business community.
MAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT, WALKING & CYCLING THE MOST POPULAR MEANS OF TRANSPORT...
Our County could be a quieter, cleaner place but this cannot happen without policies to reduce traffic congestion. Above all, we need cheaper bus and rail services with improved frequency to provide a viable alternative to car use. Kent County Council has wasted money expanding a road system that quickly gets clogged up again but has devoted completely inadequate resources to walking, cycling and public transport. If elected to Kent County Council, Greens would:
- Fight for lower rail and bus fares.
- Allocate resources away from road building and widening towards improving cycling and walking routes and creating a joined up, integrated transport system.
- Require improved Green Travel Plans for all workplaces.
- Support a rapid increase in the number of charging points for electric vehicles.
- Promote higher Air Passenger Duty to encourage more use of rail for getting to Europe instead of more aircraft polluting our environment and making more noise.
CONSERVING THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR TOURISM, AGRICULTURE, BIODIVERSITY & FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS...
We are extremely lucky to have a rich, diverse countryside in Kent but over a hundred years of nearly uninterrupted Conservative rule has also led to many unwanted developments that have destroyed and degraded the countryside. To protect our potential to grow food, develop tourism, encourage a larger forestry industry and conserve the natural world, we will campaign to:
- Protect the countryside and green belts, defend rural footpaths, and place new protective designations on the landscape.
- Create new allotments on the edge of urban areas and support sustainable agriculture to boost farm incomes and increase the provision of local produce.
- Provide increased financial support to farmers and voluntary and commercial groups working to plant sustainable woodlands and extend natural habitats.
- Designate more areas as unsuitable or inappropriate for development to protect public open space, allotments, habitats and current and future walking and cycling routes.
- Increase water conservation by everyone, for example by making water butts available to homes and businesses at low prices.
Read more about our policies for Kent HERE>