Policies for Skipton and Craven

The national Green Party policies  are at policy.greenparty.org.uk

But we also have local policies, just for Craven. See our Mini-Manifesto below.

If you are interested in helping us to form local policies for Craven, whether on one particular issue or one place, or on a range of issues, then contact us on skipton.greens@btinternet.com  From June-December 2015 we will be talking to local people across Craven to update our local manifesto and form 'bottom-up' local policies that are in harmony with the Green Party Philosophical Basis.

For our campaigns see Campaigns

Our mini-manifesto for Craven (agreed 2013)

 

OUR MINI-MANIFESTO FOR SKIPTON & CRAVEN

 

We want Skipton and Settle to be ‘Transition Towns’ preparing for global challenges.  Climate change, peak oil, fresh water shortages, emissions and increased virus transfer are major threats to our future. So are poverty and inequality. A sustainable economy will have a narrowed gap between rich and poor and greater equality between men and women.

 

GOOD JOBS with a LIVING WAGE

People in Craven to have good access to worthwhile jobs, with fair pay rates and conditions.  Young people are forced to leave Craven to seek jobs and affordable housing elsewhere.  The Green Party would prioritise jobs, skills, training and accommodation for young people and ensuring that all those who work full time earn a living wage.

 

LOCAL ECONOMY

Craven's local economy to be promoted. Supermarkets and chain stores can damage our high streets and reduce choice. Local products and services support local jobs. Fair tax regimes are needed at all levels - corporation tax, VAT, business rates and others - that do not favour multi-nationals and large companies over small local businesses.

 

GREENER LEISURE

Craven to become a greener Gateway to the Dales. Local tourist businesses are already reducing their use of water and chemicals, but need help to become greener.  Craven should encourage eco-tourism and access by bus, train and cycle. Craven to become a greener Gateway to the Dales.

 

SAFE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

We would work for 20 m.p.h speeds in urban areas to reduce road deaths and injuries and more investment in off-road cycling and walking provision. We support the reopening of the Skipton to Colne railway, and rail renationalisation.

 

WILDLIFE

Craven’s parks and public green spaces to be saved as habitats for wildlife and recreation space for humans.  We support public ownership which safeguards land for humans or wildlife and oppose the destruction of meadows, woodlands, wildlife sites and  farmland for private profit. Studies show how vital access to green space can be for mental and physical health. Many more trees should be planted.  

 

FUEL POVERTY

Craven to have well-insulated homes with access to renewable energy and  no person living in fuel poverty. We support schemes that truly help farmers and others in Craven’s rural areas improve insulation and install solar, methane, heat-pump or other systems to reduce their dependence on costly heating oil.

 

CHILDHOOD

Every child in Craven  should have the opportunity for a good start in life. Support for early learning and for low-income parents should be maintained.  Opportunities for safe exercise such as public playgrounds, and chances to develop creativity, are as important as opportunities for acquiring knowledge.

 

CRUELTY FREE

Craven  to prioritise animal welfare. 

 

CELEBRATING OUR HUMANITY

The people of Craven to have opportunities to celebrate their common humanity and the contributions they make to those who are less fortunate. We should celebrate welfare, charity, neighbourliness and our willingness to help each other.

 

FOOD SECURITY

Craven and Skipton to have sustainable food supplies. We are seeing the effects of climate change on world food supplies. Flooding and ruined crops in recent years have affected many countries including Pakistan, Australia, US, Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa. Price hikes will persist because of  seed shortages and erosion of precious soil. We will work with farmers, growers, allotment holders, market traders, beekeepers, consumers and others for affordable, fresh, locally-produced food and to mitigate the impacts of  climate change.

               

WASTE LESS, WANT FOR LESS

Craven to produce less waste. Wastage is inefficient and waste collection and disposal is a heavy cost on council tax. Businesses, households and public bodies could drastically reduce waste.  A 30% reduction in waste and 70% recycling of waste is feasible if both government and councils show determination.  We oppose incineration.

 

HOUSING FOR ALL

Craven to have enough new housing to meet the needs of those who are homeless or poorly housed. We support home-sharing and housing co-ops, charitable housing ventures and the building of more units suitable for those with infirmities or disabilities. We support new low-carbon social housing. Supporting people to remain in relationships reduces housing demand.

 

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

Residents to have greater power to make decisions for their neighbourhood and to influence how public money is spent. Young people in particular need more opportunities as they cannot yet vote. Public money needs to be spent wisely not on badly-conceived projects like Skipton Bus Station. We favour open-book budgeting to avoid corruption.

 

SMEs

Craven to have a supply of affordable workspace and to support new entrepreneurs, especially women because they are under-represented in business.  We would encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to reduce waste, promote equal opportunities, and produce environmentally-friendly goods and services. Craven's empty and decaying buildings and degraded land to be brought back into use. 

 

CREDIT UNIONS

Craven to help build up local credit unions to reduce reliance on big banks.

 

FAIR TRADE

Craven to be a Fair Trade district. We would build on the work already done to make some of its towns and villages Fair Trade areas.

 

Skipton and Craven Green Party, 2013.