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.

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

Ending Live animal exports

New Zealand has banned the export of live animals for slaughter since 2003 without any problems.

We can do the same. We support KAALE and other groups campaigning to stop this terrible trade passing through our port of Dover.

The Conservatives have taken the view that nothing can be done because it is against EU rules – although now with Brexit they say it is against WTO rules – on free trade. This seems complete hypocrisy.

Our local Green MEP, Keith Taylor, has actually done something about the problem – he has persuaded the EU parliament to limit journey times for live animals to 8 hours and for unweaned animals to 4 hours.

There are restrictions on the transport of many goods so what has transporting live animals got to do with free trade?

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

A Plastics Free Council

There is a general awareness across the country that plastics are damaging our environment – especially our oceans.

Groups like ‘Deal With It’ are showing a brilliant example with cleaning our local beaches.

How can DDC help?

Deal and Dover Green Party will do what we can. As a start we will make DDC a plastics free council and extend this to council subcontractors.  We are working with Transition Dover that tackling plastic pollution is discussed by Dover Town Council followed by action.

Recycling in our area can be improved and we also would introduce bulk collections and reduce fly tipping.

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