Green MEP speaks at Redhill event

Keith Taylor MEPThe Greens are very good at thinking globally and acting locally, MEP Keith Taylor told members of East Surrey Green Party at a fundraising dinner last night.

“Taking action at a local level and working hard for the community is a brilliant first step,” said Keith.

That’s why Jonathan (Essex), Sarah (Finch) and Bryn (Truscott) [current or former councillors] have done such a good job, and why we need to get Steve (McKenna, this year’s candidate for Redhill East) elected.”

Keith, a former long-serving Brighton & Hove councillor, gave an interesting insight into his work at the European Parliament, where his work includes a particular interest in air pollution, sustainable transport and tourism, pesticides and animal welfare.

In his South East England constituency, he supports residents on issues including planning and housing and campaigns on climate change.

“I’ve never worked as hard as I am now,” he said.

Keith said that on the issue of the EU referendum he supported the Green Party’s ‘stay in’ policy. In that sense the party shares the view of business and Tory leaders but for different reasons, he says.

“Cameron wants to get rid of the ‘Green crap’ and Osborne wants to stop directives that are there to make our common lives better. I want to create a sustainable Europe, based on equality, fairness and a vision of hope.”

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Come dine with… Keith!

Mela dinner event V2Keith Taylor, our hardworking Green MEP, is guest speaker at our fundraising dinner on Thursday 7 April.  Read More »

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Redhill commuters pay fares more than four times higher than European counterparts

[This article was edited on 21 January to add fares including London travel, as suggested by Reigate, Redhill and District Rail Users Association.]

As the campaign to bring the railways back into public hands is back in the spotlight [1], Reigate and Banstead Green Party highlighted that Redhill commuters are not just paying over the odds compared to travellers from Gatwick but fares more than four times higher than for comparable journeys in mainland Europe.

A commuter with an annual season ticket from Redhill to London terminals pays £2,696.00 a year for their 19-mile journey. For an annual season ticket including London Zones 1-6, the fare from Redhill is £3,464.00.

For similar length journeys and also for annual tickets, their European counterparts pay [2]:

  • in France, from the commuter town of Ballancourt-sur-Essonne to Paris (24 miles), £566.89
  • in Spain, from Collado-Villalba to Madrid (22 miles), £603.70
  • in Germany, from Strausberg to Berlin (21 miles), £714.13.

All of these examples are less than a quarter of the Redhill to London equivalent. And all these tickets allow for travel in the capital, as well as to the mainline terminal.

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All welcome at New Year Pub Quiz

quizOur first social event for 2016 will be a pub quiz, at the Marquis of Granby in Redhill on 28 January.

All members, supporters and friends are welcome.  Read More »

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Government must walk the talk on climate change and reduce, not expand, flights

TGatwick-X-sky-smallhe government announced last night that it will expand runway capacity in south east England, while putting off the difficult decision of whether the new runway will be at Heathrow or Gatwick.

To make this announce-ment while ‘talking the talk’ with world leaders, gathered in Paris to finalise a global agreement on climate change is simply irresponsible.

While our government gives the impression of backing an ambitious climate deal in Paris – where over 100 countries have been pushing for strengthening the limits we place on global warming – it continues to ignore the part it plays in the problem. As well as undermining renewable energy at home, it is pushing forward with investments in new roads, forcing through fracking, and now planning another runway – all of which will increase carbon emissions.

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Local, national and international voices raised: calling for #ClimateSense at COP21

World calls for #ClimateSense

We have been let down. By successive governments, at successive international negotiations. But as Amelia Womack reminded us at our joint meeting with Mole Valley Greens last week in Dorking; the COP21 talks taking place this week are important, but just as important are the voices being raised outside.

Peter Sims of People & Planet showed us how much we could burn to be in with a 'reasonable chance' of avoiding dangerous climate change

Peter Sims of People & Planet showed us how much we could burn to be in with a ‘reasonable chance’ of avoiding dangerous climate change

Across the UK, and the world, peoples’ campaigns are growing. Peter Sims, local Green, and co-ordinator of People & Planet Society at the University of Surrey, gave a presentation at our Climate Sense meeting on their fantastic campaign to get their University to divest from fossil fuels.  Similar is happening at Universities across the UK.

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Talking #ClimateSense

 

Green Party members in Reigate and Banstead are campaigning for a strong agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December. And we’re also campaigning on issues in our area which impact on the global climate.

Please join us!

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Changes in store for Community Recycling Centres

IMG-20150916-02017Surrey County Council is currently consulting on the future of Community Recycling Centres across the County, with proposals including reduced opening hours, and complete closure of some centres (though this has not been proposed for the Earlswood depot).

Councillor Jonathan Essex comments on the proposals: ‘We should be encouraging waste reduction and proper waste disposal. Reduced opening hours could make recycling more difficult for some, when we should be making it as easy as possible to re-use, re-purpose, and recycle everything we use.’

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Joining forces to oppose airport expansion

LondonMeetingPhotoRedhill Green Councillor Jonathan Essex shared the stage with representatives from local campaign groups and Green Party activists at a public meeting in London on Saturday (12 September). The meeting brought together experts and campaign groups who oppose airport expansion in the South East.

Jonathan, said: “Instead of the false choice between expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, we must show leadership on climate change and build no new runways. We can’t make a fair contribution to keeping global warming within safe limits if we increase flying.

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No new runways – time to get active

Green Party Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali

Green Party Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali

This autumn, the Government will decide whether to build a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow.

The Commission it appointed to advise on this difficult question concluded that the new runway should go at Heathrow – but also said that Gatwick presents a “plausible case for expansion”.

Expansion at either airport would be a disaster – in terms of climate change, noise, air pollution and community blight.

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