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What would Green councillors do for Enfield?
Unemployment is now at 7.1%, up from 5.3% in January 2009. Enfield has a strong industrial heritage, once making cookers, electric fires and light bulbs. Its time for Enfield to become a hub of green industries, manufacturing eco-light bulbs, insulation, solar panels and wind turbines.
Jack Johnson, Bowes ward candidate, says: We do not accept the
Labour-Tory-Lib Dem commitment to cut public spending while cutting national
debt. We believe that we need to invest in our communities to reduce
Thatcher-like levels of unemployment. Our aim is to create an economy based
on green manufacturing and sustainable production, not the boom and bust
of the last thirty years.
We need to reduce both our C02 emissions and our fuel bills. Insulation is
the obvious way forward. Green councillors in Kirklees have established a
far-reaching grant system that all local authorities could implement if they
had the political will. For more details of their scheme that we would look
If we want more people to walk and cycle then we need to make the streets calmer. The council does have a policy of implementing 20mph schemes on roads next to a school but surely if we want more children walking to school then every road that they cross needs to be made safer, not just the last one they cross before they reach their destination. Slower traffic brings communities together.
A pedestrian hit by a car at 40 mph only has a 10% chance of surviving, at
30mph 50%, but at 20mph the chance of survival increases to 95%. If Portsmouth
can slow down traffic why can't Enfield?
What is an important part of any community? It's a place where everyone and anyone can meet up with people from the local and surrounding area. Communities need community centres. A local community centre could offer:
Enfield is a beautiful borough, the north west being predominantly farm land
and country park but the more densely populated parts of the borough need
a huge variety of trees. Trees do a variety of jobs. As we know, they soak
up C02 - great for the planet; they pump out oxygen - great for
our lungs; they absorb noise from highways and they make people feel differently
about where they live. If we planted hundreds of trees along the North Circular
Road, filling up all the empty plots with broadleaf trees, then people currently
treating the road and the area like a motorway would begin to treat the area
with more respect, slowing their speed, being aware of pedestrians.
Enfield Council fails time and again to consult the right people in the right way. They failed to ask Palmers Green library users their views, they consulted with the wrong people regarding a playground in New Southgate, they have failed to discuss properly the relocation of New Southgate businesses. Incompetence or indifference? Green councillors will keep you up to date with regular newsletters, hold surgeries and public meetings where you can come and talk to them about your concerns.
Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ