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.
20 June 2019
The Corporate Business Plan has been the subject of three briefings. It was apparently agreed a year ago and is intended to last another 2 years. The main problem is that it is all about growth. The introduction states that ‘Growth, wellbeing and financial sustainability are the council’s key objectives over the next three years. No mention of environmental issues there. When we had the financial briefing, all became clear. Government grant to the Council has been reduced by over 70% - but the Council has been able to offset most of this by securing Government growth funding – grants linked to the number of new houses and businesses being built.
08 June 2019
Stafford is full of generous, hardworking people who are making a difference. Many reject the over-consumption of food and the waste of food resulting in the first ‘social café’ opening in Stafford thanks to the efforts of community groups. This year’s ‘Repair Café’ held at the Littleworth Community Centre illustrates the potential for repairing goods rather than replacing them. When I do the Park Run along the Isabel Trail on a Saturday morning the marshals, all voluntary, wave us off. Along the route we pass a group of Stafford Litter Heroes clutching bulging black bin bags full of litter keeping the trail free of rubbish for walkers, runners and wildlife.
08 June 2019
The intensive nature of fish farming necessitates overcrowding of sea ‘cages’, which results in excrement and waste escaping into the surrounding sea, contaminating the area. There are continuing problems tackling parasitic sea lice which attach themselves to the skin of the fish and can be transferred to passing wild salmon and little progress has been made in tackling environmental problems since 2002, that is 16 years ago.
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