#1. Hull is among the highest for youth unemployment in the country.
The Lib-Dem Council is making the problem worse by making Council workers redundant and cutting young people’s services. A Green Councillor would do their utmost to challenge the government, the present Council response, and work with all committed parties to protect jobs and services. Young people should not be let down.
#2. The Con-Lib Coalition is unpicking the Planning system which has protected our environment since 1945.
The tool for this is the ‘Localism Bill’ currently in Parliament. This gives more power to big businesses and volume housebuilders. As usual with governments, they are focussed on the supposed housing shortages in the South East. Hull doesn’t so much have a shortage of houses, rather too many of its houses and flats are in poor condition.
Greens will work for a programme of repairing and refurbishing houses and improving insulation would:
– Improve living conditions for Hull people
– Reduce energy use and fuel poverty
– Make the best use of resources such as building materials
– Create work for small local building firms
– Create job and training opportunities in building trades.
– Improve the appearance of our city.
#3. The Localism Bill…
The Localism Bill currently allows developers to avoid legal agreements which require housebuilders to provide funding for public facilities for the people who will live in their houses (Section 106 Agreements). Hull City Council depends on such payments to provide and maintain parks, open spaces and children’s playgrounds. Your Green Councillor will do their best to ensure that developers pay their fair share towards the maintenance of Pearson Park and other open spaces.
#4. Zero Waste City
Hull Green Party welcomes the ending of the waste contract with WRG which would have involved building a waste incinerator. After the fantastic growth in recycling in the city, your Green Councillor will promote alternatives to waste such as the repair and reuse of furniture and household goods, more local recycling, and anaerobic digestion, while at national level seeking to reduce wasteful packaging.
Hull has a significant waiting list for allotments. On Newland Allotments there are disused and underused plots which are too big. It should be relatively easy to sub-divide plots to make them more manageable. (Technically this is Newland area but some of the occupiers are Avenue residents. By comparison, Richmond Street Allotments are full).
#6. Make unused land productive
Green Party Councillors will help and support community groups who want to take over the maintenance of areas of land, especially derelict or under-used land, eg for growing fruit or vegetables.
#7. Grow your own!
Greens will encourage and help home growers to set to and grow their own, for greater ownership, self-sufficiency and to combat increasing food prices.
#8. Green spaces
A Green councillor will work to maintain and improve parks, gardens and public utilities. They will work to stop the erosion of green space. Pearson Park: Your Green Councillor will work to bring together all interested parties to seek funding for improvements to Pearson Park. The park is a central green hub for the area and could benefit from a serious bid for Heritage Lottery Funding.
#9 What would a Hull Green Councillor do?
Your green Councillor will look to gain Council support for applications for funding for the preservation of Britain’s last remaining civilian bomb site on Beverley Road and its interpretation to remind people of the effect of wars on civilians.
#10. Bike it!
Green councillors will fight to make city roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists (cycling is booming in Hull), work on providing more facilities and better, safer, integrated cycle lanes. Public transport is good in the city but still needs improvement to make it increasingly attractive, easy and affordable. Greens will work with providers on this.