Emily Grassi – Hobbayne Candidate

Candidate Introduction: Emily Grassi

Emily Grassi

I am standing as candidate of the Green Party for the ward of Hobbayne. 

I’ve been a member of the Green Party since 2017, joining shortly after moving to the UK. I joined the Green Party because it’s the only party that fully and consistently represents my moral and ethical values of climate and social justice, anti-racism, equity, international co-operation and freedom of movement.

I was born in Italy and raised by an Italian father and British mother. As a dual citizen, I am proudly European, and I feel fully represented by the Green Party’s clear position on Brexit. If elected I intend to honour this position by giving voice to all residents regardless of their country of origin, background, faith or gender. 

I work in museum education and public engagement, a sector I’m strongly passionate about. I believe in the crucial role of learning for providing both children and adults with the tools to make a real difference in their society. I believe in education as a lifelong process in which each one of us can improve themselves and grow in empathy and understanding towards people and nature. 

If chosen as the councillor for this ward, I would listen to what the residents need and want to change, and I would do my best to help them achieve this in line with my Green values. 

Your political voice is important, vote Green if like me you believe in a more just and sustainable society.

Meena Hans – Ealing Broadway Candidate

Candidate Introduction: Meena Hans

I am proud to stand as a candidate for the Green Party in the ward of Ealing Broadway.

I have been an active member of the Green Party since 2010 and have stood in local elections three times, as a parliamentary candidate twice and as the borough candidate for the London Assembly.

I am an adult education teacher and have been teaching in and around the borough for over 25 years.

I have lived in Ealing Broadway for eight years now, but I have lived in the borough of Ealing for most of my life. I grew up in Southall and have lived in various parts of the borough throughout my life, so am very familiar with the area and its needs.

If chosen as the councillor for this ward, I would listen to what the residents want changed and do my best to help them achieve this, as well as upholding my Green values of fighting air pollution, which in London kills around 10,000 people a year, fighting to keep our green spaces, which studies have proven are needed for our mental well-being and also help with lessening air pollution, fighting overdevelopment which puts a strain on the current infrastructure.

I believe any housing built should take into consideration the need for space inside and outside, as the mental well-being of people should be the most important factor when thinking of housing. Not the current view of packing in as many people as possible into tiny spaces.

I would also like to see more dedicated cycle lanes in the area, as many people do not cycle because they are afraid of being hit by other motorised vehicles or they cycle on the pavement which in turn puts pedestrians in danger.

Another issue I would like to see tackled is the cleanliness of the streets, or lack thereof! It is vital for streets to be cleaned more often than they currently are.

If you want someone with a positive outlook, who is willing to listen, work hard on your behalf and wants to make life in Ealing Broadway better for all its residents, vote Green.


Thank you!
Meena Hans

Dr Kate Crossland – Hanger Hill Candidate

Candidate Introduction: Dr Kate Crossland

Dr Kate Crossland
Dr Kate Crossland

I am standing as a Green Candidate to represent the ward I live in- Hanger Hill. 

I joined the Green Party because I felt frustrated that while we can all make personal ‘green’ choices, individual change is not enough. A sustainable choice needs to be made the easiest choice; and for that we need our communities, organisations, businesses and all levels of government to act together. Political change is necessary and I believe the Green party has within its members the experience and knowledge to do this most effectively. 

Change to protect the planet (and everything on it) from climate change and loss of biodiversity is not easy. There are difficult decisions to make, and these must be made in a just and fair way. The Green party have always had strong socially just policies- not only on traditional green issues- which make us a necessary part of driving the changes needed now. 

I bring transferable skills from both my day-job as a Palliative Care Doctor and from working voluntarily in my local community, as Chair of the Residents Association, and Chair of the Parent-Teacher Association. I have a particular interest in communication skills, a subject I teach to medical students.

I am honoured to have the privilege of standing for election again. I intend, along with other Green candidates, to keep Green issues firmly in voters and councillors minds. 

If elected, I will work with both councillors and council officers to keep the Climate Emergency at the centre of our local government’s decision making, while making sure of clear and open  communication to all. 

If not elected, I will continue trying to do this too!

Peace descends across London

It’s particularly lovely to be able to walk out of our houses in Ealing to the sound of birdsong, conversations between neighbours, and children playing in their gardens, rather than the sound of ‘planes taking off at Heathrow airport, the constant drone of traffic on the A4, and the nuisance of accelerating cars cutting through the residential streets of Ealing.

It’s particularly lovely that people of all ages and from all walks of life are now taking to their bikes for their daily exercise.  Now that 90% of the road traffic has gone we are no longer faced with the stress of cycling around Ealing, and our families can now take to the roads without the fear of being harmed.

This complete transformation of the streetscapes of Ealing has to ask the question, have more lives been saved across the country thanks to the reduction in air pollution and a reduction in road traffic casualties than have been taken from COVID-19? With air pollution thought to cause 10,000 early deaths a year, and TfL having detailed reports showing road traffic casualties of 25,000 per year then it is very possible.

Putting aside the terrible cost in human lives on our Ealing roads, the transformation back to quiet neighbourly streets where people can chat to each other without shouting and let their children head out without undue worry about their safety has got to be something to all want to promote and to continue after the end of this pandemic. 

The quality of our future lives depends on it.

Our Position on Heathrow Expansion is no way!

Heathrow is already the biggest single source of carbon emissions in the UK and expansion will add an extra 8-9 megatonnes of CO2 per year. A third runway at Heathrow is simply not compatible with the UK’s legally binding climate targets.

Aviation clearly has to contract, not expand, while we need to promote and encourage cleaner options like train travel, which could replace many Heathrow flights.

Not only considering these terrible climate change consequences of the airport, huge numbers of Londoners already suffer from the noise and air pollution from Heathrow, see their transport systems overloaded and their lives disrupted and expansion will only make their lives worse.

Even the Transport Select Committee concluded that 323,684 people will be newly affected by noise from Heathrow. Data from the Civil Aviation Authority reveals that 2.2 MILLION people will experience an increase in noise from an expanded Heathrow. The proposed expansion would result in an additional 285,000 flights each year or over 700 extra flights per day.

There isn’t even a local jobs or economic case for the expansion as there is no explicit job model and no clear job creation analysis included in the Airports National Policy Statement. Many of the few jobs created will be low-skilled and short term.

The Government accepts Heathrow expansion would have a “significant negative” effect on air quality which is already a crisis issue for the residents of Ealing and Southall.

If you are as upset as we are about the plans for Heathrow expansion then please follow and support the No 3rd Runway Coalition.

I hope this makes our and the Green Party’s position clear.

Development Overdrive in Hanwell – Time to Renew Our Battle

We are protesting against The Marshall Development. You will remember that the Ealing Green Party campaigned very hard against this monstrous over-development on Hanwell Broadway and that we were successful. Ealing Council rejected the plan by 12 votes to 1. However, the developers have now appealed against this rejection to the Secretary of State.

So we must now object to the appeal.

Comment online by clicking this link and then clicking save and continue:
https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/MyPortal/Form.aspx?submission=380756

The Appeal Reference number is APP/A5270/W/18/3212646

An alternative way of making your objection is by sending an email outlining your views directly to Holly.Dutton@pins.gsi.gov.uk

Points that you could make in your comments include:

  • Height: 9 storeys is completely out of keeping with the character of the street and the area and will reduce the light for the community.
  • Air pollution: NO2 very bad on Hanwell Broadway – regularly breaks the law. New skyscrapers will make it worse.
  • Affordable housing: offering too little and inappropriate, too ‘ghettoized’.
  • Local resources overstretched already: There is no provision for more local transport. There is no car parking provision which will make the pavements of Old Hanwell even more impassible for pedestrians.

Download our leaflet here.

Dormers Wells By Election 2018 – Green Party Candidate Meena Hans

Dormers Wells by-election candidate Meena HansI am proud to stand as a candidate for the Green Party in the Dormer’s Wells by-election.

I have been an active member of the Green Party since 2010 and have stood in local elections 3 times, as a parliamentary candidate twice and as the borough candidate for the London Assembly.

I am an adult education teacher and have been teaching in and around the borough for over 25 years.   

I grew up in Southall and have lived in various parts of the borough throughout my life, including 10 years in Dormer’s Wells, so am very familiar with the area and its needs.

If chosen as the councillor for this ward, I would listen to what the residents want changed and do my best to help them achieve this, as well as upholding my Green values of fighting air pollution, which in London kills around  10,000 people a year, fighting to keep our green spaces, which studies have proven are needed for our mental well-being and also help with lessening air pollution, fighting overdevelopment which puts a strain on the current infrastructure.  

If you want someone with a positive outlook, who is willing to work hard on your behalf and wants to make life in Dormer’s Wells better for all its residents, vote Green.

Thank you!

Meena Hans

12 Years To Avoid a Climate Change Catastrophe

The IPCC (Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change) released a disturbing report this week outlining that we have just 12 years to avoid a climate change catastrophe.

Hounslow Fire 2018
Hounslow Heath Fire 2018

The report makes it clear that it is man-made climate change that is causing extreme weather events across the country including the heatwaves we experienced this summer in Ealing.

Although councils have the power to make changes to positively impact climate change they appear to be dragging their heels.

In four years time at the end of this current Labour administration in Ealing, we’ll only have 8 years left so they must start taking meaningful action today.

 

‘8 for 2018’ by Stop Killing Cyclists

Stop Killing Cyclists

 

Stop Killing Cyclists

The campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists are asking Londoners to write to political leaders and candidates standing in the local elections in May to incorporate eight demands into their manifestos.

They are not all easy to implement and would need careful consideration and consultation with our fellow Ealing residents.

However, each demand is crucial to the health and safety of people living in Ealing, whether they are cyclists or not.

Ealing Council has been making positive movements in the right direction, but needs a Green voice to push the current initiatives further, and drive for new ones like a CSH quality segregated cycleway along Uxbridge Road, and the Mini Holland already specified in our original 2014 Mini Holland bid.

Therefore, the Ealing Green Party will commit to endeavouring to meet these demands,  and influencing other parties to implement them, should we be elected to the council in May.

Mini Holland and protected cycleways

Demands 1 and 3 refer to the creation of a ‘Mini-Holland’ and newly protected cycleways.

Ealing Council and Ealing Cycling Campaign have already carried out a lot of analysis and planning for their Mini Holland bid in 2014 and we will update and adapt this existing plan. Uxbridge Road is a prime candidate for a properly protected cycleway. We will insist that the current patchwork of substandard cycle route is upgraded to CSH standards.

Demand 7 refers to the danger of left-hand turns. We would fully support the introduction of protected left-hand turns and T-junction bypasses at traffic lights for cyclists where they don’t currently exist and audit the ones that are currently in place. We will push for the publication of the Uxbridge Road safety audit and ensure that its recommendations are actioned quickly and effectively.

If we are successful at implementing demand 1 and 3, we believe the safe left-hand turns should be addressed at the same time. In areas where we have not yet secured protected cycle lanes, we would want protected left-hand turns and bypasses created as soon as possible in consultation with the local community to better understand where these are most needed.

As part of our commitment to safer cycling, we currently support Cycle Superhighway 9 from Brentford to Kensington Olympia via Chiswick. In consultation with Ealing residents, we would also ask TfL for our own Cycle Superhighway for Ealing along Uxbridge Road.

Speed limits and traffic-free high streets

Demand 4 asks for a 20 mile per hour speed limit throughout the borough and Demand 6 asks for a traffic-free high street with a cycleway through it.

Given much of Ealing is currently under 20mph limits we would work to ensure the 20mph limit is implemented Borough-wide. We would also work with the Police to start to enforce this limit.

Driving in London is extremely frustrating as it is so congested, and drivers often forget that everywhere they go there will be people walking and cycling. With the 20 miles per hour speed limit we would greatly reduce the risk of accidents by vehicle collisions. People in Ealing are taking to walking and cycling at an increasing rate, we hope that safer roads will encourage even more people to do so. We believe this will help decrease the number of cars on the road.

Many high streets in other areas of London and throughout the UK have become pedestrianised successfully. We would support pedestrianisation of Ealing high streets in close consultation with local residents and businesses. Since West Ealing has won the Liveable Neighbourhoods funding we will work to ensure it delivers on its initial promise and provides a safe, liveable active travel area for all ages.

Money

Demand 2 of the 8 for 2018 campaign asks that the equivalent of £20 per person per year is spent on protected cycling infrastructure in the borough from the Council’s budget. Promoting cycling is a high priority for the Ealing Green Party in the view of air pollution reduction, health benefits through exercise, and reduction of risk of traffic accidents. We would, therefore, support this demand and commit at least £20 per person per year is spent on protected cycling infrastructure.

Ealing council vehicles

Demand 5 and 8 refer to the vehicles used by the council itself.

Demand 5 asks that the council encourages its staff to go to and from council business by bicycle instead of motor vehicle, where practical. We strongly support this. With the government’s Cycle Scheme in the workplace and initiatives such as the Santander Bikes and the newly introduced Mobikes, we feel people have genuine access to bicycles and therefore have no substantial reason for getting into a car. Especially with the right infrastructure, cycling to and from meetings will be much more time effective than cars or even public transport for short distances, and following their introduction in other councils, Ebikes for longer journeys.

Demand 8 refers to blind-spot equipment in the HGVs owned by Ealing Council, their contractors and their subcontractors. Ealing Council has already installed Cycle Safety Shield System in all its large vehicles and Ealing Green Party will insist that all HGVs that work within the Borough are equipped with the system or similar.

However, we do believe that HGVs and cyclists should not be sharing the same road space in the first place, so this demand would be implemented in parallel our efforts to create segregated and protected cycle paths. We do not want a false sense of security that blind-spot equipment could potentially provide and we do not want this demand to detract from the need of protected cycle paths.

For your information, the demands of the ‘8 for 2018’ campaign are listed below:

8 for 2018

 

  1. MINI-HOLLAND

 

Will you draw up and submit a bid for funding from the London Mayor’s Healthy Neighbourhoods Fund, plans to create a mini-Holland and a linked genuine Quietway route with roads closed to through vehicular traffic and removed parking, in Ealing  (Name locations of proposed Mini-Holland and Quietway route) in the first year of new administration?

 

  1. £20/PERSON/YEAR

 

Will you commit to spend the equivalent of a minimum of £20/person/year on protected cycling infrastructure in the Borough from your Borough’s own funds, to complement the funding committed by the London Mayor?

 

  1. NEW PROTECTED CYCLEWAY

 

Will you commit to creating and completing a fully protected new cycle-lane, connecting with the proposed expanded London’s Mayor’s Protected Cycle Network along a major road maintained by the Borough?  (Name the road/route you will create this on).

  1. 20 MPH BOROUGH WIDE SPEED LIMIT:

Will you implement a 20mph speed limit on all Borough maintained roads?

  1. COUNCIL BUSINESS BY BIKE

Will you initiate a programme to ensure staff vehicular travel on council business will instead be undertaken by bike, where practical?

  1. TRAFFIC FREE HIGH-STREET

Will you create a new vehicular traffic-free high-street with cycle-route through it? (Name which local high-street).

  1. PROTECTED LEFT-HAND TURNS

Will you introduce protected left-hand turns and T-junction bypasses at traffic light controlled junctions where there are low levels of pedestrians, as standard practice on relevant borough controlled junctions?

  1. SAFER HGVs

Will you install blind-spot CCTV equipment in all your EALING council HGVs, sign up your council to the CLOCS HGV safety scheme, to demonstrate a timeline for all your service vehicles (e.g. HGVs) to be FORs Gold within 5 years and make any new vehicle purchases direct vision lorries (in line with above and new 5* direct vision standard) and demand the same of any contractors working for the council or sub-contractors.

 

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