Policies for 2022 Council Elections

Apr 5, 2022News

The Green Party: for the common good. 

  • A green economy that works for all
  • Protecting our environment
  • Our NHS and public services
  • Education for all
  • A positive future for young people
  • Decent homes
  • A safer world
  • A people’s democracy
  • A people’s transport system

Covid

As we come out of lockdown we must ensure that there is a Green Recovery, not going back to a ‘business as usual’ scenario that just makes the climate emergency worse. Green jobs must be at the heart of the Green Recovery.

Covid is thought by many to be connected with biodiversity/habitat loss so something similar may happen again if biodiversity/habitat loss continues. So MK Council should have robust contingency plans in place for future pandemics.

During the pandemic, green spaces have been of huge benefit to peoples’ physical and mental health. Given the possibility of future lockdowns, we must preserve existing green spaces and ensure that there are plenty of green spaces in any new MK developments.

Climate Emergency and Environment

MK Council has declared a Climate Emergency and committed to be carbon neutral by 2030. But the council’s current policies will not deliver that. Its policies need to be more radical to reach that target. 

We would create a Green New Deal and encourage:

Carbon neutral housing

Provide better insulation for every dwelling in Milton Keynes over the next five years to reduce energy consumption and energy bills

Community energy, solar panels

Generating more electricity locally from renewable sources, including solar and wind power

Solar panels on all suitable council-owned buildings

Community-owned energy company

Rainwater harvesting, greywater systems

Reduce waste and encourage and support recycling

More public transport, promote electric vehicle use, including buses and taxis, no new major roads to reduce air pollution

Council to procure its electricity from renewable sources

Protecting wildlife habitats and enhancing Biodiversity. 

Plant more trees in streets, parks and green spaces.

Housing and planning

Provide more affordable social housing to reduce waiting lists and homelessness.

Zpods (zero energy prefabricated dwellings) over car parks

Push for more secure tenancies for renters and smart controls to stabilise rents.

Ensure that residents have the final say over any regeneration proposals.

Protect greenfield sites around MK from building development. 

Oppose government plans for 1 million more houses in CAMKOX (Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford) Arc.

Insist that any enlargement of MK is matched by supporting infrastructure, such as schools, surgeries, dentists, transport, green spaces

Provide land for local food production

Transport

Provide more bus services, including more evening and weekend services, and better facilities for bus users

More bus lanes and other bus priority measures for faster and more punctual and reliable services

Make roads safer by introducing 20mph speed limits in residential areas and reducing speed limits on grid roads

Promote more people cycling and walking in MK. New estates to have Redways accessed by bridges and underpasses across grid roads.

More Redways in old towns and rural areas

Improve maintenance of footpaths, Redways and street lighting to encourage more pedestrians and cyclists.

Support East West Rail from MKC to both Oxford and Cambridge and ensure the line is electrified. Support Eastern entrance at Bletchley station. Oppose any re-introduction of an East West Expressway through Milton Keynes

Encourage more children and parents to walk or cycle to school to decrease problems with parking outside schools and make children healthier. Stop engine idling outside schools.

Install Electric Car charge points in new build housing and more on-street charging points

Young people and Health

Children should be able to attend the nearest school to their home

Offer to provide a free lunch in all state schools every school day to every pupil

Improve public health by more information about diet and exercise

Provide more youth services

Support MK University

Give more support to services countering domestic abuse, forced marriage and FGM

Provide mental health support for young people, including positive activities to aid mental health such as sports, arts, clubs, access to outdoor spaces, and facilities

Community

Protect public services that are under threat from the government’s austerity programme

Challenge the reduction in central government funding for MKC which has led to cuts in services

Oppose privatisation of NHS and fund it properly

Protect schools, libraries, post offices and other local services from cuts, closures and privatisation

Where wheelie bins cannot be accommodated, eg terraced housing and flats, offer residents an alternative system

Fight for social justice, offering support and advice to those who are being affected by benefit cuts and Universal Credit

Continue to fight for equal rights for disadvantaged and minority groups.

Support the voluntary sector

Encourage Grassroots/local democracy

Encourage and support MK’s thriving arts scene and seek to protect live performance venues from threats of closure due to nearby developments

Economy

Support smaller, local businesses and a growing localised economy. 

Encourage local employers and council contractors to pay the Living Wage.

Support the introduction of UBI (Universal Basic Income)

Champion local food production and farmers markets.

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