The Green party says it is giving voters in Macclesfield, Crewe, Poynton, Knutsford and many other parts of Cheshire East a ‘real choice’ at local council elections on Thursday 2nd May.
Their campaign priorities include:
’20 is plenty’
The Greens argue that 20mph speed limits in town centres would make narrow, crowded streets much safer for pedestrians – including children and disabled people – as well as drivers and passengers.
Less stopping and starting, speeding up and slowing down, would also mean less fuel emissions polluting the air we breathe.
Greens say that many more people would prefer to cycle than to drive, if they felt safe doing so.
With few cycle lanes – and many roads badly potholed – they suggest that cyclists can feel like they are taking their lives in their hands.
A Green Party spokesperson said: “We need a usable network of safe cycleways – as a start, how about making the path alongside the River Bollin accessible to cyclists to create a safe and pleasant route from Macclesfield to Prestbury?”
All residents – including those living in flats – should be allowed to recycle, say Green candidates.
They want Cheshire East Council to work with landlords and building managers to make sure recycling facilities are available for everyone.
Protect green spaces
Instead of building shops and luxury houses on open spaces, Green Party candidates would like to see more use of underused, empty and derelict buildings and other “brownfield” sites.
They’d aim to provide affordable housing in towns – near to shops, jobs and public transport.
Free to speak
Green councillors are not ‘whipped’ like those of other parties. The party’s press information states that they are free to speak out and act on behalf of their constituents.