Local Campaigns

Stop the Trolley Bus

 A group of handsome people protesting against the trolley bus

The Green Party is opposed to the unsustainable and expensive trolley bus scheme which the Labour council seems determined to push ahead with, despite massive public opposition and a lack of tangible benefits for the city.

The trolleybus running from Holt Park in the north to Stourton in the south of the city over a distance of 9.1 kilometres (5.6 miles) hardly offers any reduction in journey times. Even its proponents admit that many large mature trees, recently valued by one study at £14 million will be cut down to make way for the poles and wires.

The scheme will provide only a tiny stretch of dedicated space for cyclists. Along the rest of the route cyclists will have to share space with buses or general traffic. This does nothing to encourage cycling.

All this would be bad enough in normal times. But the as we speak the council’s funds are desperately short. Yet they are happy to waste roughly £250 million on bus technology that will be obsolete before it’s even built. With £75 million coming direct from Leeds council and the remaining £175 million from central government this is a project we cannot afford to see forced through by an irresponsible administration.

 

A New Station in Arthington

 Picture of a lamp infront of a train

The Green Party supports the proposal for a new railway station at Arthington on the Harrogate - Leeds line as part of the solution to increasing traffic flow into N W Leeds and as an environmentally sound proposal. Leeds Green Party is confident that public money will be better spent improving the local rail network rather than on HS2 or the NGT.

 

One Million Climate Jobs

 green jobs

Nationally the Green Party wants to create one million climate jobs. These are jobs in "green" technology industries like the manufacture of wind turbines and solar panels, or energy saving devices. But it's much more than that. By building new energy efficient well insulated affordable homes, jobs will be created for builders, plumbers, electricians, joiners, plasterers, roofers and so on. Similarly there will be jobs created by improving the insulation and energy efficiency in the existing housing stock. By improving and investing in public transport there will jobs in construction, and jobs on buses and trains, and in creating dedicated cycle lanes separate from the roads. Locally in Leeds the Green Party want to see lots of these sorts of jobs being created to give decent secure employment to people, and to develop a green local economy. 

Green Local Transport

 transport poster

The Greens in Leeds campaign for a 21st Century balanced, integrated transport policy that includes a priority for public transport, walking and cycling. As well as developing a planning process that reduces the need for travel, we campaign for more control over public transport like the re-regulation of buses to improve punctuality, reliability and reduce fares. 

Keep the NHS public 

 NHS demonstration Leeds

Leeds Green Party support the campaign Keep Our NHS Public. For 60 years Britain has enjoyed a National Health Service that strives to be comprehensive, accessible and high value for money. Now government reforms threaten both the ethos of the NHS, and the planned and equitable way in which it delivers care to patients. At the heart of the changes is the creation of a market that welcomes profit-driven international corporations who answer to shareholders, not patients. This market will compel hospitals and health professionals, who have traditionally cooperated to deliver healthcare, to compete with each other and with the private sector. Far from supporting the NHS, the private sector is in competition with it, and is already draining away resources and staffThe value of the NHS is immense and cannot be mirrored by the private sector. The KONP therefore call on organisations, healthcare workers, patients and the public to campaign to protect the NHS from further privatisation and fragmentation, and to keep our NHS public.

Support Leeds Kirkgate Market and Local Businesses

 Leeds Kirkgate Marketkeep it local

Despite being a historical landmark, Kirkgate Market has been suffering from decline and neglect for the last decade with rising rents forcing many traders to leave. Yet shopping at the Market is considerably cheaper, more ethical and more environmentally friendly than shopping in big supermarkets. And supporting the Market benefits everyone as the annual profit – over £1million a year – is reinvested by the Council across the City. Leeds Green Party supports the aims of Friends of Kirkgate Market and believe that choosing to use local independent businesses should be encouraged.

   
 

20's Plenty 

 20's plenty where people live

More than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits (Transport Statistics for Great Britain). Britain has the highest percentage of pedestrian road fatalities in Europe 22.5%. (EU European Road Safety Observatory). Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe. British parents consistently cite traffic speed as the main reason why their children are not allowed to cycle or walk to school. Lowering urban and residential speed limits to 20 mph has been found to increase a urban journeys by just 40 seconds maximum. Lowering urban and residential speed limits to 20 mph has been found to decrease child pedestrian accidents by up to 70% (Transport Research Laboratory). Leeds Greens want to make our streets safer. That's why we support the 20's Plenty campaign to introduce more 20mph speed limit zones.

Standing Up Against Airport Expansion 

 No to Leeds Bradford Airport Expansion

Headingley Green Party supports the work of the "No LBA Expansion" Campaign. 

Unfortunately Leeds City Council agreed in July 2009 to the proposed £28 million expansion of the airport. Headingley Green Party opposed this idea because we believe that the expansion of the aviation industry reduces the UK's chances of cutting its Carbon emissions. We are also very concerned about increased noise and pollution, including the threat of night flights. The "No LBA Expansion" Campaign is currently reviewing its position - more details can be found at http://www.leedstidal.org/nolbaexpansion/  

TINWOLF (Transition Inner North-West of Leeds Forum)

  Transition City Leeds

Headingley Green Party also supports the activities of TINWOLF (Transition Inner North-West of Leeds Forum) which is a grass roots local action based model for a Transition Town to make the necessary changes in community and personal lifestyle to help move towards a more sustainable lower carbon society.

More information from http://transition-city-leeds.wikispaces.com/North+West+Inner