I am an experienced Green Party campaigner having stood for the Party in elections at every level since 1989. I am one of two Cowley Cluster organisers and have been leafleting, canvassing and doing case work in the ward since I stood in the by-election in summer 2014. I am active on the Oxford City Farm steering group and attend the Cowley Neighbourhood Action Group meetings.
What will you do if you are elected?
Many of you have responded to our surveys in Cowley and Cowley Marsh wards over the last two years. This means our priorities in these local elections, voting on Thursday 5th May, are YOUR priorities. This is what I will try to deliver if you elect me:
Protecting public services; opposing the cuts: Only Green Party Councillors voted for a budget which would keep children’s centres open, reverse cuts in adult social care and keep homeless hostels open. Every other political party voted for these appalling cuts.
Housing for everyone: Rents are too high. Housing costs too much. Our Labour City Council has failed on housing. Greens want homes not hotels. We would insist developers include social housing and key worker housing as half of all new homes. We want rent controls and fair regulation of Houses in Multiple Occupation.
Developing better transport for all: Air pollution is still bad in our City. We want to give cyclists and pedestrians priority over cars. We want to open the Witney-Cowley-Wheatley line to increase rail journeys and cut traffic. People need alternatives to using cars in the City to cut traffic congestion.
Green jobs and a sustainable future: We have one million ‘Green Economy’ jobs in the country already. Oxford could have far more green jobs in sectors like food production, electric vehicles; community energy projects to provide safe, clean energy; and more employment in the National Health Service for our growing and ageing population.
The Council needs to listen to local people: Thousands of residents signed the petitions to keep Temple Cowley Pools but they were ignored. Greens support consulting local people and listening to them. Living in a democracy should mean our elected councillors take more notice of our views.