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The East Hampshire Green Party's geographic area is the same as the East Hampshire District Council
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East Hampshire candidate Zoe Parker surrounded by campaigners at our first strategy meeting.
East Hampshire District Council debated a motion tabled by the Lib Dem Ginny Boxall and support by all the Lib Dem, Labour and Independent councillors that would declare a climate emergency. The first 2 paragraphs (of a ten paragraph) read: 1 Declare a Climate Emergency. 2 Pledge to make East Hampshire District Council carbon neutral by 2030. A cross party group led by the Greens turned up at the council offices to encourage the tories to support it too as there were rumours that they would sabotage it.
That is exactly what they did. Using a sly procedural trick they submitted an “amendment” (it reality a completely new motion) at the very last second before the motion was debated. It retained just the first paragraph of Ginny’s original motion. It removed all targets and any onus on the council to do anything about a climate emergency. Read to full text of the two motions (here.)
Local Council Elections 2019
5 Green Party councillors were elected to Town/Parish councils in the 2019 elections
Petersfield St Peters
Petersfield Rams Hill
Petersfield Bell Hill
Plastics Recycle Challenge
We had five different types of waste plastic items on a table. The people of Petersfield were challenged to say which types could be put into their black recycling bin. They were then asked to put a a coloured dot in the appropriate Yes / No column for each type.
In fact EHDC does not take of any of our sample types of plastic for recycling. The left hand column for each type should be blank.
West Sussex takes all these types of plastics for recycling, in fact they take almost all types of plastics for recycling.
Our council must end the black bin confusion and adopt the same policy of our neighbour so all domestic plastic waste goes into the recycling bin.
Simon Downs, the Green Party candidate for Clanfield in May’s Council elections, and his supporters, conducted a doorstep canvass of local opinion on Saturday, 9th February. He found the most common issue was the inadequacy of infrastructure support for new housing developments.
Most residents questioned raised this issue in one form or another. For some it was inadequate surface water drainage leading to potential flooding. Others found public transport services not keeping up with the demands of the growing population. Many thought that there were not enough shops or professional services, such as dentists. Additionally, poorly planned and insufficient parking capacity was identified by many as a real problem. The area around Petersgate the infant school on Green Lane raised particular concern, with chaotic parking increasing the risk of serious accidents. This increase in traffic and engines left idling also increases local levels of air pollution, especially harmful to children.
A large number of those questioned believed that the current traffic calming measure were ineffective. Some residents living on Green Lane believed them counterproductive because of the disturbance caused by heavy lorries making deliveries to the shops early in the morning, moving over speed humps.
Thanks goodness it's finished!
Highlights from the 2019 AGM
20 members attended.
One of them – John Palmer, a Petersfield town councillor - has recently left the Tories and joined us.
The rest of the evening was taken up in a free ranging round table discussion lead off on the subject of animal rights. A wide range of topics were covered. There was much about the forthcoming town and district council elections and the sort of campaigns and strategies that may be adopted. Other ideas that may be developed included the proposed meat tax and giving presentations to sympathetic groups such as the local churches.
Doorstep opinion survey - Petersfield
Our doorstep opinion survey of Petersfield’s Rother ward revealed a near unanimous desire that the East Hampshire District Council accept all plastics for cycling. The District Council was also criticised for not recycling other common waste products, including tin foil and food. Many were puzzled by why waste food was not taken away, composted and turned into soil conditioner that then could be sold at a profit.
We also found that the idea of erecting “switch off your engine” signs at approaches to railway level was also very popular. Other common topics that people raised were parking, especially near schools, the poor state of roads and lack of cycle lanes.
The generally positive response on the doorstep and the extended debriefing session over refreshments lead the canvassers to pronounce the day a great success.
style="font-size: 125%;">Brexit street survey in Petersfield
The Green Party’s policy on Brexit:
Now that the exit deal is known we should be given the opportunity to either accept it or remain in the Union by a People’s Vote.
On Saturday 13th October the people of Petersfield were polled on their attitude to Brexit. They were approached at random as they passed through The Square.
Three question were asked:
Question1 - Do you think the Brexit negotiations are going well?
Question 2 - Do think that the final Brexit deal will be the one that you wanted at the time of the referendum?
Question 3 – Would you like a final say (People’s Vote) on the final Brexit deal?
The results were:
Yes18% No 79%
Yes 12% No 83%
Yes 70% No 28%
So a huge majority were pessimistic about the outcome of the Brexit deal.
Very close to three quarters want a People’s Vote on the deal.
And just look at what young people think:
100% of the under 30s thought the negotiations were not going well
100% of the under 30s not do expect a good outcome
100% of the under 30s wanted a People's Vote