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Green New Deal launch at Dover Technical College

Dover Technical College hosted a Green New Deal for Dover event on 29 October.

Vehicle mechanics students were keen to find out about the all-electric bus which is one of a fleet of Brighton buses of the Big Lemon. The college building department were interested in ideas on low and zero-carbon homes.

Student from Dover Technical College alongside local Green Party members

Alex Phillips, Green MEP, visited Dover to launch her Green New Deal Report, as part of a tour of South-East England.

The report focuses on Dover as an example of a district that would do a lot better with climate-friendly, socially-inclusive regeneration instead of the volume-developer-led regeneration that planning departments in East Kent are looking at.

Alex Phillips and Beccy Sawbridge of Dover and Deal Green Party, in front of the electric bus

Alex said:

Like it says on the bus my husband is driving, the Green New Deal means a safe climate and social justice and green jobs.

Jobs refitting homes in our towns so they are energy efficient, or in the renewables sector or building zero-carbon social housing.

It has been great to hear from Dover Technical College people. They are producing the craftspeople of the future. I’ve had an amazing welcome in Dover, and really enjoyed discussing with people of East Kent what we can do to implement plans in the gateway to England.”

Community groups Transition Dover and East Kent Climate Action also hosted a public meeting on the Green New Deal the same evening.

Sarah Gleave one of the organisers said, “We had a great audience at St Mary’s Parish Centre, and a great discussion about this plan for wildlife-friendly, climate-friendly, socially-inclusive regeneration.

We heard three great speakers; Colin Hines (who advised USA Democrats in 2018, and who founded GND 10 years ago); SE England Green MEP Alex Phillips launching her report on GND 4 SE England (focusing on Dover); and Rob Yates, new Thanet DC Labour councillor and renewables professional.

We can make changes this winter, changes that will give our youngsters something to hope for. Let’s do it“

Sarah Gleave is campaigns coordinator for Dover and Deal Green Party.
View the Green New Deal Report

SE Green Party EU campaign bus visit 22 May

At 5pm on wed 22 May a bunch of tired, determined campaigners welcomed one of our 3 key MEP candidates to Dover, who arrived in our electric Green campaign bus.

Local Greens stand with banners outside the electric campaign bus on Dover seafront

Dover district will really be on the sharp end of the CHAOS Conservatives continue to inflict on the country we love.

Results of EU parliamentary elections

In Dover District EU elections, we Greens were 3rd with 11% of the vote, on a turnout that was 39%, the same as EUPE 2014; less than half of the Ref turnout.

Brexit Party came top with 46%, LibDems came 2nd with 16%, Labour and Conservative 4th and 5th with 9% each. ChangeUK 6th on 3%.

46% of 39% = 18% of dover district electorate by Brexit party.

Nationally LD + Grn + ChUK + PC + SNP = 40% // Brexit + UKIP =35%.

A VERY BIG thank you from Dover and Deal Greens, for all the support we’ve received in April and May.

You’ll see elsewhere how well the Greens did in EU27 – this bodes well for our remain/ reform agenda!

Dover district will really be on the sharp end of the CHAOS Conservatives continue to inflict on the country we love.

We want truthful elections / refs, a strong electoral commission in the UK to rid us of dodgy funding, decisions made democratically at appropriate levels ; local, more + national 85% + European 15%.

  • Yes to Europe (that we’ve been waving to across the water since our bronze age boat was built)
  • NO to CLIMATE CHANGE.

Results of the local elections

We have 8 people elected to serve in 10 parish /town council seats in Dover District.

THANK YOU to everyone who voted for our candidates and / or who helped with our campaigns. We went to celebrate with the 1300 year old yew tree at Ringwould.

We promise to ACT for the long-term protection of people, planet, animals and wildlife (and persuade other councillors to do the same).

These are the first Green Party seats ever won in the Dover District. The closest we came to a District Council seat was Eastry Rural that we missed by 5 votes (after recount). If we’d had more than 4 people leafletting and £60 to spend in that ward on leaflets we could have taken the seat of the Conservative incumbant.

The seats and councillors won

  • Ringwould w/ Kingsdown PC – elected unopposed Mike Eddy
  • Walmer Parish Council – elected unopposed John Lonsdale and Dan Symons – elected Mike Eddy
  • Dover Town Council – elected Beccy Sawbridge and Jackie Garnett
  • Deal Town Council – elected Christine Oliver, Simon Phillips, Mike Eddy and Anne Farrington

Of the 15 district seats won in Kent, 11 were taken from Conservatives 4 were taken from UKIP.

Find out who’s standing in your area in May

Photo of candidates: 5 women and 5 men holding campaign banner for Dover and Deal

Green Party candidates for the local elections in Dover District

Local government affects all of our daily lives.

Our promise to you is that nobody will work harder than these dedicated and passionate people, on the issues that matter to you.

Mill Hill, Deal

  • District and Town Council: Mike Eddy
  • District and Town Council: Christine Oliver

Eastry Rural

  • District Council: Simon Phillips

Town & Castle Dover

  • District and Town Council: Beccy Sawbridge

Middle Deal

  • District and Town Council: Anne Farrington
  • Town Council: Dan Symons

Guston and St Margarets

  • District Council: Nick Shread

Sandwich

  • District Council: Peter Cutler

Walmer

  • District and Parish Council: John Lonsdale
  • District and Parish Council: Dan Symons
  • Parish Council: Mike Eddy

Little Stour and Ashstone

  • District Council: Caroline Mason

St Radiguns

  • District and Dover Town Council: Jackie Garnett

Whitfield

  • District Council: Sarah Gleave

Tower Hamlets

  • District and Dover Town Council: Brian Murphy

Maxton and Elms Vale

  • Dover Town Council: Nick Shread

More about what we stand for

3 of 4 green party candidates dover tc cropped

Dover candidates, left to right: Beccy Sawbridge (standing in Town and Castle ward), Nick Shread (standing in Maxton and Elms Vale) and Brian Murphy (standing in Tower Hamlets).

 

Universal Credit and Other Benefits

The recent introduction of Universal Credit in the DDC area saw a rise in the use of food banks – as in other parts of the country.

DDGP will continue to work closely with Kent Unite Community and Disability rights groups to campaign for support for the many local people affected.  DDC should do what it can to help.

It could for example arrange for Thanet Community Transport to provide reduced cost bus travel or make sure that concessionary tariffs for sports facilities were set so they were affordable by people receiving Universal Credit.

Austerity is based on a wrong economic model – what is needed is more investment in creating green jobs, infrastructure and public services.

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

Better Amenities – Especially For Young People

Here a little spending can go a long way. DDC should spend more on youth clubs etc.

Young people need buses to visit friends attend after school clubs in our area and this should be subsidised.

This is especially true for the new state of the art leisure facility at Whitefield, supposedly for the entire district. This needs to be available for people throughout the district – especially the young. Concessionary tariffs for sport facilities need to be set at rates that allow older people and young people to use them. 

We have many local artists, writers and musicians in our area and they should have more support from DDC. This would also help encourage year round tourism and bring income into our area.

There has been a catastrophic fall in insect numbers (including bees) in recent years.  75 percent of flying insects in German Nature reserves.  DDC could help by planting more insect friendly species in its open spaces and parks and encouraging rewilding and wildlife.

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

Support for Bus Transport

The 2017 Bus Services Act would allow KCC to franchise routes (with the agreement of the Transport Minister). We will lobby for this.

KCC needs an integrated transport policy and research on bus need to back up their route franchises.

KCC also needs to abolish the Dover Quality Bus Partnership (DBQP) and replace it with an enhanced bus quality partnership which will have more powers of oversight.

The new DQBP should contain genuine stakeholders representing real interests not just councillors and representatives of the local private bus monopoly. The meeting’s minutes should be made public.

More bus travel would improve air quality as well as improving our quality of life. A restoration of KCC subsidy is not enough. We need a policy of bus franchising so routes are set by KCC.

The problems with bus services were caused by bus privatisation and the creation of a completely free market in bus transport introduced in 1985. Since then bus journeys outside of London have declined by 37 percent whilst prices have increased by more than 45 percent in real terms.

We now have a patchwork of private monopolies. Private bus companies have no need to consult or even inform either KCC or DDC. 

The truth is that KCC has no integrated transport policy.

They discuss subsidies when the bus company tells them a service is making a loss.

Recently Stagecoach has cut profitable routes to make overall journey times faster, leaving many communities without a bus.

It is an accepted axiom by economists that monopolies have an interest in restricting supply to increase prices. By contrast in London buses are franchised by London Buses Ltd. and fares are controlled by the Mayor.  Here bus travel has more than doubled since 1985.

This is the model DDGP would like to see KCC adopting in Kent – London has Transport for London (TfL) and we need a similar transport authority in Kent.

We would use these powers to ensure buses are hybrid/pure EV with wifi, phone charging points etc,  and introduce display panels giving information about bus arrivals.

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

Better Air Quality

Our Green Councillor – Mike Eddy is working with local schools to stop engine idling – damaging children’s health – within 100 meters of any school. We need to raise public awareness as ‘unnecessary engine idling’ is already unlawful.

We will also get DDC to adopt the ‘Kent and Medway Air Quality Partnership’ so that air quality assessments are part of the planning process and developers take practical measures not to worsen air quality.

DDC should plant more trees and work to ensure there are more electric car points and car clubs.

DDGP will also work for a better local bus service with buses using less polluting fuel.  We would extend air quality monitoring throughout our area. Poor air quality kills 50,000 people per year in the U.K.

Poor air quality means more greenhouse gas emissions.

The local Green Party has tested air quality and found that 4 schools in our area have pollution levels exceeding WHO standards.

Children are especially affected by air pollution.

We would introduce solar canopies in many council parking areas and direct income to providing electric charging points and replacing council vehicles with electric cars.

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