In the local elections, the York Green Party wants to protect York’s future as a small, sustainable and historic city.
Fishergate ward candidate Dave Taylor said:
"We have produced a manifesto focused on protecting York’s future. Green Party members are at the forefront of the campaign opposing the excessive Government cuts, but we also believe a new Council should be investing in a long-term vision for York as a green, sustainable historic city."
Part of this focus is on positive policies to provide the city with affordable, sustainably-built housing with a view to future requirements. Greens have already been instrumental in one project to provide this kind of housing – a new housing association development replacing the old Discus bungalows.
York Green Group Leader Cllr Andy D’Agorne said:
"It is important that we are able to provide the affordable housing York’s citizens need. We believe we should do this without relying on massive housing developments which can encroach on our green spaces and jeopardise York’s future as a small, sustainable, historic city.
"This project was developed with strong support from local councillors in response to local residents’ wishes, hence the provision of bungalows rather than flats. It also incorporates the high levels of sustainable design (insulation, solar panels etc) we are working to encourage city wide, as a way of preparing for a future with high energy prices, reducing energy bills and carbon emissions and investing in the green jobs which could help to lift us out of recession."
With two seats in the city’s Fishergate ward, the York Green Group have worked hard to influence key council decisions and have worked co-operatively with other parties to achieve results for local residents.
Fielding 42 candidates out of a possible 47 candidates, and building on good second place results in 2007 in Heslington and Clifton, and an extremely close race in Micklegate where Andy Chase only missed out by 64 votes, the party are well-placed to see several gains on May 5th, ensbling them to have even greater influence in a council where it is likely no party will have overall countrol.