4 April 2019
Announcing a team of 21 candidates contesting seats across the District, the Green Party hope to increase their team of six councillors despite the available seats shrinking from 40 to 34. Almost 3 in 4 voters will have the opportunity to vote Green.
The Green Party’s 2nd May election campaign centres on the need to bring the Council back to its District in terms of finance, geography and planning.
Rachel Eburne, District Councillor, says:
“The ruling Conservatives have borrowed £50 million (that’s £625 per adult resident across the District) to invest it in potentially risky commercial property, mostly outside Suffolk. We do not see acting as a speculative property landlord as a suitable role for the District Council - this money could be better used by investing in housing and business within our District.”
“The Greens will ensure where possible that District Council meetings are once again held within the communities directly affected by them and will campaign to bring the Council HQ back to Mid Suffolk following its unpopular and costly move to Ipswich last year.”
The Council’s lack of a 5-year housing land supply for most of its four-year term has led to a lack of community control over local housing developments.
Andrew Stringer, cabinet member, says:
“We will support the development of Local Plans so that houses can be built how and where communities want them. If the Greens become lead group on the District Council we will prioritise maintenance of a 5-year land supply and regain control of the planning system. As the official opposition, the Greens will continue to challenge poor decision-making by the District and to bring this to the public’s attention, but as the ruling group on the Council we could do so much more – tackling potential issues head-on and working tirelessly to support the best interests of local communities across the District.”
Meetings & Events
Café 52. Stowmarket
Refreshments from 7pm
Speaker 8.15pm - Catherine Rowett MEP
She will be visiting Stowmarket at the end of a busy session in Strasbourg. She will be talking about what it is like to be an MEP, how we can work with Greens in Europe in the future and how we can cut through the Brexit mess and take some positive messages from the EU.
All Green members and supporters are welcome.
- Mid Suffolk meetings generally held at Cafe 52, Crowe Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL
- Meetings occasionally held in Woolpit, Eye, Walsham le Willows, Stowupland, Needham Market and other villages.
All Members and well-wishers welcome.