SHROPSHIRE GREEN PARTY SUPPORTS……
…A strong local democracy, where decisions are made close to the people who are affected by them, and is opposed to privatisation of Council Services.
…A living wage for all contract workers. Green Party run Brighton Council already operates this policy.
…Opposition to the waste collection contract with Veolia, and would seek restore doorstep collection of cardboard, and restart the use of Ludlow’s anaerobic digester. We intend that at least 70% of household waste is recycled in the short term and zero waste generation for Shropshire in the long-term.
…Open government, and will push for all Council meetings and the Executive to be held in public, all papers to be publicly available, except those requiring commercial or employee confidentiality. Where feasible and requested, services, their management and budgets should be decentralised to town or parish councils.
…The role of the Local Education Authority and oppose the drive to make schools into Academies directly funded by Central Government.
…The retention of village schools and the sharing of expertise and resources between these schools, also the continued need for hot meals in all schools.
…A strong and thriving rural economy, agricultural employment and vigorous rural communities, and reversal of the trend towards increased urbanisation.
…Sustainable agriculture and farming practices helping conserve and enhance land and other agricultural resources for future generations, the network of farmers’ markets and other forms of local marketing such as food box schemes. We consider that smallholder farmers should be able to make a reasonable living from the land, and oppose monopoly buying by supermarket chains.
…The revival of small-scale craft industries to provide high quality products both for local needs and the tourist industry. And that where possible tourism should be based on walking, cycling or public transport, rather than car.
…Local economic initiatives such as Local Exchange Trading Schemes and Credit Unions.
…Better tactics for public transport, both for those without cars, and to encourage people to leave their cars at home, including a better bus network and more frequent, stopping train services. Overall reduction in road traffic should be introduced to decrease congestion and pollution.
…Sustainable planning objectives benefiting the environment. New housing built to be constructed to the highest standards of energy conservation, of renewable materials, be near employment and services, and the proportion of affordable housing retained or increased.