04 October 2020
In the first ‘State of Nature Report’ in 2013, Sir David Attenborough said that the report provided all of us with a stark warning that; ‘far more species are declining than increasing in the UK, including many of our most treasured species. Alarmingly, a large number of them are threatened with extinction. The causes are varied, but most are ultimately due to the way we are using our land and seas and their natural resources, often with little regard for the wildlife with which we share them. The impact on plants and animals has been profound’.
03 October 2020
According to Theo Clarke, ‘The UK has played a world leading role in tackling climate change and the transition to clean growth’. It is interesting to note that, according to, TheyWorkForYou.com, our MP voted against the bill to eliminate the substantial majority of emission from transport by 2030.
06 September 2020
At the second full council meeting of last year Tony Pearce, our Stafford Borough Green Councillor put forward a motion on the reduction of single use plastic. Council meetings will resume in November, I for one will be submitting a question regarding the progress that has been made towards the reduction of the use of plastic and what targets in place to ensure that year upon year single use plastic is reduced and the percent of plastic collected for recycling is increasing.
30 August 2020
I have been fortunate that, despite not being a member of any political group on the Council, having a good relationship with the Labour Group and its leader, Aidan Godfrey, has enabled me to put forward a motion at each of the Council meetings. I have also been fortunate in being a member of the Planning Committee which is one of the few committees that actually takes decisions and is not run on Party lines. From the time when Covid reared its head, there have been no full Council meetings, apart from one online one which was only held in order that they could say we had had a meeting and therefore we would not all be disqualified for not attending a meeting within six months. It is clear that meetings can be held online, as have the Planning Committee meetings, so there is no excuse for not holding them.
20 February 2020
George Eustace is the newly appointed Secretary of State for the Environment. At one time he was climate change adviser to David Cameron and advised him to totally dispense with offshore wind farms. About the same time, 106 Conservative MPs, including Matt Hancock, Priti Patel, Stephen Barclay and Jacob Rees-Mogg, wrote to David Cameron asking him to scrap the subsidies for onshore wind farms, which he did. They are now all senior ministers.
29 November 2019
Keeping you up to date with what your Green Councillor has been up to. Hopefully some useful information and if you would like to get involved in anything mentioned below, or if you have any other areas you would like for us to be more involved in just let us know.
03 November 2019
Stafford and Stone Green Party have selected their candidates for the up coming General Election.
30 September 2019
Keeping you up to date with what your Green Councillor has been up to. Hopefully some useful information and if you would like to get involved in anything mentioned below, or if you have any other areas you would like for us to be more involved in just let us know
06 July 2019
The problem with Natural England is that it is too closely linked to DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs). Natural England is independent of government but the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has the legal power to issue guidance to Natural England on various matters, a constraint that was not placed on its predecessor.
23 June 2019
Why are so many houses being built in Stafford? As a newly elected councillor, I am beginning to find out. Of course, it is a nice place to live, and people want to live here, but the major increases in housing are taking away many of our green spaces, putting extra traffic on the roads, removing wildlife habitat, including many trees and in short, making it a worse environment for people and wildlife.
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