Category Archives: Action Plan 2019

We’re fielding more district and town council candidates than ever before

The local Green Party in Dover District are standing 13 candidates for Dover District Council (DDC) in 11 Wards; and 13 candidates for town/parish seats in the district.

With some Green Party voices on Dover Town Council, Green councillors would work on:

  • improving local toilets
  • reducing litter
  • lobbying for improved air quality
  • cutting single-use plastics
  • support for allotment holders
  • improved access for walkers, cyclists and the disabled across Dover.

The Green Party speaks truth to power and a strong Green voice on the Town Council will make sure that the people of Dover are heard clearly by District and County councils and by government ministers at Westminster.

We say carbon cuts not climate chaos, and we’d like clean electric rapid transit buses and electric charging points too.

What some of your Green candidates are saying

Mike Eddy, candidate in Mill Hill:

Which he has represented since 1995:

“Huge wealth inequality damages the whole of society. More local Green councillors means more independent, principled, local people rolling up their sleeves for people and planet without an elite in London breathing down their necks.

“Our NHS is better if it is publicly owned and profiteering health care companies are stopped. District Councils don’t control the future of the NHS but can speak up for a fairer future for all.

“Greens want regeneration plans that help small, local, tax-paying businesses flourish, rather than international chains.”

Christine Oliver, candidate in Mill Hill:

“The whole population of the district from Maxton to Preston deserve to be able to enjoy the woods, fields, parks and allotments that bring with them healthy well-being, and local farm food, so we save on the costs of ill-health.

“Our rural, coastal assets are also the secret to attracting national and European tourists to spend their money in local businesses AND to carbon capture and the fight against climate emergency.”

Beccy Sawbridge, candidate in Town and Castle -Dover

“We Greens speak truth to power, we stand up to the political elite, because we need homes that are cheap-to-rent and cheap-to-heat; a fairer, low-carbon future for all.

“The poorest 19% in UK don’t own cars, and don’t fly; we have the lowest carbon footprint. DDC and Kent County Council must prioritise us non-car owners and deliver better, cheaper bus services, new pavements and cycle paths.

“We are an anti-austerity party and we say the Universal Credit system is broken and must be replaced, fast.”

There are now five times as many Green party councillors at district level or higher, than there were a few years ago. More people nationally vote Green Party in LOCAL elections now, even if they vote for a bigger party in parliamentary elections.

The 11 Dover District wards where people can vote Green Party:

  • Mill Hill, Deal
  • Eastry Rural
  • Town and Castle, Dover
  • Guston Kingsdown and St Margarets
  • Middle Deal
  • Little Stour and Ashstone
  • Tower Hamlets, Dover
  • Walmer
  • Sandwich
  • Whitfield
  • St Radigunds, Dover.

Find out who is standing in each area

The 9 Town and Parish wards where people can vote Green Party:

  • Mill Hill
  • Maxton and Elms Vale
  • Walmer
  • St Radigunds
  • Middle Deal
  • Town + Castle
  • Ringwould with Kingsdown
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North Deal.

Find out who is standing in each area.

Read our 2019 Action Plan for more about what change we can make locally, to create real change that affects the lives of the people of Dover district.

Action on Climate Emergency

Theme 1 of our Action Plan 2019

Dover District Council needs to take steps to ensure our district is carbon neutral by 2030.

On current trends, world temperatures will overshoot the global target of restricting temperate rises to 2 degrees centigrade, which will already have extremely serious effects.

Not enough is being done.

Kent County Council and Dover District Council can do much more.

We will:

  • make sure DDC use information provided by the Association of Green Councillors so that best practice is adopted by DDC.
  • work cross-party for radical change that will impact all areas of KCC/DDC activities.

This article covered one of the 14 Themes of Dover and Deal Geen Party Action Plan:

  1. Action on Climate Emergency
  2. Open Government
  3. Improving Democracy
  4. Value for Money
  5. Policies to Support Local Business
  6. Planning Policy that Works
  7. No to Fracking
  8. Yes to support for electric cars
  9. A Plastics Free Council
  10. Ending Live animal exports
  11. Better Air Quality
  12. Support for Bus Transport
  13. Better Amenities – Especially For Young People
  14. Universal Credit and Other Benefits