Green View April 2015 Skerton East Ward - Election Special Help us to turn Skerton East Green! On Thursday 7th May, voters will have 2 ballot papers. One is for the General Election, to elect an MP to represent Morecambe & Lunesdale in Parliament. The other is to elect 3 Councillors to represent Skerton East Ward on Lancaster City Council for the next 4 years. The Green Party is standing candidates in both elections – you can find out more about them in this newsletter. You don’t have to vote for the same party in both elections, and you can vote for candidates from different parties in the City Council election if you wish to. Register to vote The deadline for voter registration is 5pm on Monday 20th April. Go to: www.gov.uk/register-tovote or tel: 01524 582905. Cleaning up Skerton Skerton East Green Party candidate David Fleet (pictured sitting at the front) has been organising and helping with litter picks in different parts of Skerton. David said “On one recent litter pick we filled 22 bin bags in a couple of hours!” Which party has the best policies? Not sure who to vote for? An independent website could help you to decide. At www.voteforpolicies.org.uk you can compare policies on the national issues that are most important to you, then find out which party you most agree with. As Green View went to print, the Green Party was neck-and-neck with Labour as the two most popular parties in Morecambe & Lunesdale. Green MP candidate against NHS privatisation Green Parliamentary candidate Phil Chandler (pictured) joined local NHS campaigners in Morecambe last month. The group called ‘38 Degrees’ was collecting signatures for a petition to give to all parliamentary candidates, to stop further privatisation of the NHS. Phil says “Clearly people feel very strongly about this issue. Almost everyone wanted to sign the petition, and many people came over and brought their friends and family over specially to sign it. We all know that the NHS isn't perfect, but a well-funded health service for the common good represents how we want our society to work. There is no place for the profit motive in the NHS.” Meanwhile Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton, has been leading the fight in Parliament to stop the break-up of the NHS. Supporting Skerton Community Centre Skerton Community Centre is a valuable resource for local people, offering a range of activities for young and older people which help to foster wellbeing and pride in the community. Find out more at www.skertoncommunitycentre.co.uk, tel: 01524 380818 or email: [email protected] Green Party candidate David Fleet says: “We need to ensure that funding for Skerton Community Centre is secured so that all local people can continue to benefit from the fantastic work they do for people of all ages”. How to save money and stay warm LESS is a local not-for-profit organisation that offers free home energy surveys. Skerton resident Brian said “the people from LESS were very helpful and gave us excellent advice on how to save money and make the house warmer.” Find out more at www.lessuk.org, tel: 01524 66100 or email: [email protected] Greens on the City Council … For the past 4 years, the Green Party has had 2 of the 8 members of the City Council’s cabinet, in a shared administration with Labour. Despite not been in overall control of the Council, Greens have been able to get lots done! … Our track record of achievement Council Tax support for those in need. We argued successfully to not charge Council Tax to the poorest households. Living wage for Council employees. Greens successfully pushed for the Council to pay its workers a wage they can live on. Income from renewable energy. Greens pushed for solar panels on Council buildings, earning the Council £55,000 per year. Bus services protected. Greens successfully campaigned with residents’ groups to keep evening and weekend bus services. Maintaining funding for the arts and voluntary sector. We worked hard to save vital grant funding for local organisations. New allotments. Cinder Lane allotments opened in Scotforth in 2014, prompted by a Green-led review of allotments provision. A thriving city centre. We lobbied strongly to keep Lancaster’s outdoor market in its present location. Get involved in Ryelands Park The Green Party fully supports the Friends of Ryelands Park, which has been doing excellent work to create a community garden and involve local people in shaping the park's future. For more details on how to get involved, contact Helen Ryan on 01524 582822 or email: [email protected] For more about our local achievements and policies: Website: www.northlancs.greenparty.org.uk Facebook: North Lancashire Green Party Twitter: @NorthLancsGreen YOUR GREEN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES Feel free to contact us about any local issues. More info at: www.facebook.com/skertoneastgreencandidates/ David Fleet (lead candidate) [email protected] 07954 625 494 David has lived in Lancaster for 20 years and served two PTA governor terms at Skerton High School, which his daughter attended. He has worked as a website designer, and is currently self-employed teaching martial arts. David says "I want to help strengthen pride in the area, and develop the social infrastructure that makes Skerton thrive." Stephen Riley [email protected] 07877 024 992 Stephen grew up in Lancaster, attending St. Luke's Primary in Skerton before Ripley High. For the last 10 years Stephen has been a carer for his disabled mother. He also does voluntary work with a local not-for-profit organisation called XEED, supporting people with long term health conditions. He says “I want to ensure that people with disabilities and their carers have their voices heard in the City Council.” Jean O'Neill [email protected] 01524 382 488 Skerton resident Jean has recently retired, after 20 years as a head teacher in Greater Manchester. She has worked across Lancashire as an adviser and school governor, and has been a volunteer and trustee for projects promoting environmental and citizenship education. Jean says “I am keen to improve facilities for young people, and determined to ensure that decisions on the future of the Skerton High School site are made in full consultation with local residents.” Promoted by Andrew Brennand on behalf of North Lancashire Green Party, both of 49 Wingate-Saul Road, Lancaster LA1 5DW. Printed on recycled paper by Pagefast Print & Publishing Ltd, 4-6 Lansil Way, Caton Road, Lancaster LA1 3QY.
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