'Make Normal Better' say Green Party ahead of local elections

    The Green Party has pledged that every elected councillor will work to ensure local councils put the Climate Emergency and fairness at the forefront of efforts to rebuild the economy following the Covid-19 pandemic. They have launched their campaign for the local elections and as the country emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown, the Party say they will fight the City and County Council elections under a banner of ‘Make Normal Better,’ pledging to back policies that ‘create a more just society, a cleaner environment and a fairer economy in Exeter and Devon’.

    GREEN PARTY MANIFESTO

    The Green Party has pledged that every elected councillor will work to ensure local councils put the Climate Emergency and fairness at the forefront of efforts to rebuild the economy following the Covid-19 pandemic.
    They have launched their campaign for the local elections and as the country emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown, the Party say they will fight the City and County Council elections under a banner of ‘Make Normal Better,’ pledging to back policies that ‘create a more just society, a cleaner environment and a fairer economy in Exeter and Devon’.
    The Green Party say elected Green councillors will prioritise real action to ensure Exeter meets its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030, support the creation of local jobs in social enterprises and small businesses which help with the COVID recovery, and push for communities to have a better say in future development.
    Their manifesto says: “During the pandemic we have seen communities provide extraordinary help for one another. We truly valued our essential workers – in health, social care, education, our shops and of course, our local councils.
    “The lockdowns have also given a glimpse of how our neighbourhoods could be better, with
    cleaner air, safer streets for walking and cycling and the sound of bird song. And the carbon
    emissions that are causing instability to our climate also dropped by a record amount in
    2020.
    “With the mass roll out of the vaccination programme, there is hope – and the expectation
    that in 2021 life will ‘return to normal.’ This offers a chance to make normal better –
    developing connected solutions that create a more just society, a cleaner environment and a
    fairer economy in Exeter and Devon.”
    Cllr Diana Moore, existing Green Party councillor for St David’s ward on Exeter City Council, said: Greens want to ensure that the Climate Emergency and fairness are at the forefront of efforts to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus pandemic. Green councillors will work hard for a greener and better future for everybody.
    “This means affordable low carbon homes to rent. It means supporting the creation of local jobs in small businesses and social enterprises while helping the city meet its climate goals. And it means ensuring low carbon, active and healthy travel options – especially walking, cycling and public transport – are safe, convenient and affordable. As a sense of normality returns to our lives, now is the time to Make Normal Better.”  
    Greens have been working collaboratively cross-party in both Exeter City and Devon County councils, and in Exeter, on the City Council, Greens are part of the Progressive Group and have an agreement with the Lib Dems to each stand candidates uncontested in six wards in the city.
    Specific proposals from the Greens include new zero carbon housing with low running costs and affordable to rent; a permanent modern market in the city centre focussing on promoting local affordable food; and cleaning up the city’s air by making walking, cycling and public transport safe, convenient and affordable options.
    The manifesto adds: “Real action is needed to ensure Exeter meets its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030 – including a citywide carbon reduction budget to show progress, engagement with communities on the steps we will all need to take and the creation of a locally owned fund to provide the investment needed to tackle the Climate Emergency.
    “We support the creation of local jobs which contribute to the recovery from COVID and help the city meet its climate goals – especially those in the social enterprise and small business sectors.”
    Elections will take place for all 60 seats on Devon County Council on Thursday, May 6, with voters going to the polls to elect their representatives for the next four years.
    The entirety of the 60-strong council will be up for re-election, with 56 ‘single-member’ Electoral Divisions and 2 ‘two-member’ Divisions’.
    The current composition of the council consists of 41 Conservatives, 7 Labour, 6 Liberal Democrats, 3 Independents, 1 Green Party, 1 East Devon Alliance and 1 North Devon Liberal.
    All elected councillors will serve their usual four year term upon their election.
    The Conservatives and Labour are the only parties who are fielding the maximum of 60 candidates, with the Liberal Democrats fielding 55.
    The Green Party are fielding 45 candidates, with one from UKIP, five from Reform UK, and 20 from the Freedom Alliance, who are standing on a platform of ‘no lockdowns, no curfews’.
    The East Devon Alliance have three candidates, the Trade Unionist and Social Coalition have six, while there are 28 Independent candidates.
     

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