Wealden Green Party News

Get your inhaler ready: bonfires ahead

17 August 2019

As asthma deaths increase, especially in the South East of England, Wealden District Council has introduced charges for garden waste collection. How will residents dispose of their cuttings this autumn? We strongly expect they'll go back to lighting bonfires - the asthma sufferer's nightmare.

Gatwick flights to almost double - what price the climate emergency?

17 August 2019

Climate emergency? What climate emergency? When the government enquiry said that Gatwick Airport was the wrong place for a second runway, we all knew Gatwick wouldn't take that sitting down. But their new plans are breathtaking in their arrogance - they're pretending that their emergency runway is a second runway so they can increase airplane movements by 40%, by 2025. That's huge increase in greenhouse emissions, purely to fill Gatwick's owners' pockets.

East Sussex climate emergency petition launched

01 August 2019

Green Parties across East Sussex have come together to press the county council to declare a climate emergency when it meets in October. We have launched a petition reminding East Sussex County Council that this is an emergency, and calling on it to commit to urgent action to bring greenhouse emissions to zero by 2030.

Climate Emergency declared in Wealden

25 July 2019

Following a proposed motion to declare a Climate Emergency submitted by new Green Councillor, Patricia Patterson-Vanegas, Wealden District Council has declared a Climate Emergency and committed to reaching zero carbon emissions by 2050 or earlier. Despite persuasive arguments from Green and other Councillors, the Conservative-led council rejected our calls for a target date of 2030. Planning to take effective action starts immediately, and our Green Councillors will be involved form the start.

It's time to declare a Climate Emergency!

20 July 2019

On Wednesday 24 July, Wealden District Council votes on whether to declare a Climate Emergency. Following motions from Green Councillors, Patricia Patterson-Vanegas and Keith Obbard, the cabinet has proposed declaring an Emergency, with a target of zero greenhouse emissions by 2050. We say that 2050 is too late - this is an emergency, after all! Patricia will propose a target of 2030. Keith will propose including ecological protection in the declaration. Come and support them!

Exceptional Green Party candidates for EU election 23 May

14 May 2019

On 23 May we all get the chance to elect new MEPs. The Green Party has always said we should remain in the EU, and our MEPs have done amazing work to support our environment and social and workers' rights. Here's our opportunity to make it clear that we want positive change, committed MEPs, and a strong Europe.

Green wins in Wealden in local elections!

03 May 2019

Voters across Wealden supported Green candidates in large numbers, and in a landslide victory, Patricia Patterson-Vanegas won a District Council seat in Forest Row from the Conservatives. She is joined by Keith Obbard, who won a first seat for the Greens in Withyham. And in Crowborough, Green Colin Stocks won a seat on the Town Council.

BBC finds Forest Row looking mighty Green!

29 April 2019

The BBC came to Forest Row on Saturday to find out if - in a Conservative-dominated District - the village is about to turn Green. Listen to the interview to hear Patricia's optimism and the word from the doorsteps.

Find your Wealden Green candidate for the District Council on 2 May 2019

12 April 2019

We're excited to announce our candidates from across Wealden for seats on Wealden District Council. Read our manifesto for positive change, and find out who you can vote for on 2 May 2019.

Austerity threatens Wealden's nature

04 April 2019

Wealden has an incredible 32 SSSIs - Sites of Special Scientific Interest - where the habitat, wildlife and plantlike are so exceptional that they are given special protection. But the national organisation that oversees them is being torn apart by government cuts. Natural England's cutbacks mean they're struggling to protect our most precious places like the Ashdown Forest and the Pevensey Levels.

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