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Operation Stack lorry park victory!

November 15, 2017

Shepway Green Party is delighted at today’s news that the Operation Stack lorry park, planned for 250 acres of farmland near the village of Stanford, has been scrapped. The Department of Transport (DfT) has said it will not contest the imminent judicial review. This is a massive u-turn and a great victory for everyone...
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Pressure grows on KCC to divest

November 12, 2017

If you care about climate change and believe in the urgent need to reduce our reliance on carbon then please join us to increase the pressure on Kent County Council (KCC) and the Kent Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels. Shepway Green Party is wholly supportive of Fossil Free UK’s current campaign to...
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Residents urged to respond to KCC Budget consultation

October 26, 2017

Residents across the county are urged to respond to Kent County Council’s budget consultation. With yet more sweeping cuts to councils’ Revenue Support Grants, the likelihood is that KCC will have some extremely difficult decisions to make about which front-line services will suffer. More job losses are on the way and the consultation also...
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Breastfeeding friendly campaign kicks off

October 16, 2017

At Shepway Green Party’s AGM it was agreed to organise a breastfeeding friendly campaign. We are looking for volunteers to approach local cafés etc to ask them to display breast feeding friendly stickers and leaflets. It will only take an hour or two and you can visit the cafés when it is convenient for...
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Shepway Green Party urges KCC rethink on breastfeeding

August 3, 2017

Shepway Green Party is urging people to tell KCC to rethink proposals to cut services to support breastfeeding across the county. The council has recently gone out with a consultation, that runs to 2nd September, about a radical change to the way breastfeeding is supported in Kent. It would move the focus onto already...
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Tories vote themselves a 15% hike in allowances

July 14, 2017

At yesterday’s full council meeting, the Tory group brought and passed a motion to award themselves a colossal 15% increase in allowances. In doing so, they ignored the recommended modest increase of 1.5% from the Independent Member Remuneration Panel. Our KCC member, Martin Whybrow (right), who will be donating his increase to charity via...
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Thanks after a long night and a long few months… now, what’s next?!

June 9, 2017

It’s hard not to be despondent today having witnessed last night our share of the vote fall somewhat compared to 2015, albeit still gaining 2,498 votes. That said, we are confident that our green voters switched their support to Labour, believing that Labour stood the best chance against Damian Collins. That in itself is...
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Election issues #5: The Environment

June 6, 2017

There has been a woeful lack of discussion at this election about the biggest threat to our planet: Climate Change. Other parties’ manifestos are either silent on the topic or give it a cursory nod but, of course, it is part of the DNA of the Green Party. It is also interlinked to so many...
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Election issues #4: Housing and homelessness

June 5, 2017

Our current housing crisis takes different but connected forms: increasing homelessness; a lack of truly affordable homes for first-time buyers and renters; sub-standard existing rented accommodation. We see this across Shepway. None of these issues are being addressed by the District Council’s pursuit of Otterpool ‘garden town’ on agricultural land near Westenhanger nor its quest to fill in...
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Election issues #3: Human rights and foreign aid

June 3, 2017

In our third daily look at issues at this election, we consider the worrying potential erosion of fundamental human rights. In part, these are under threat from our planned departure from the EU. We believe that the Human Rights Act and UK membership of the European Convention on Human Rights must be maintained and defended. Meanwhile, the...
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