Colchester and District Green Party

Welcome to the Colchester and District Green Party web site. We are a rapidly growing party; both locally and nationally Green Party membership has doubled within the last year. Below is some information about our local policies, our parliamentary election candidate, our Colchester meetings and how to contact us.

New members and supporters are more than welcome to get involved in our campaigns or just to come along to our open meetings.

A Local Manifesto for Colchester

  • Housing and Planning
    We will seek to retain the town’s historic character, preserve greenbelt areas and end urban sprawl. Housing should be affordable and built on brownfield, not greenfield sites, with fewer huge developments. Retail developments should include nearby housing. We would seek to cap rents and abolish the ‘bedroom tax’.
  • Health and Wellbeing
    Centralised funding should be diverted to community health centres offering self-help solutions for preventing illness and promoting health. The health benefits of natural environments are well documented. We would thus ensure that all children and young people have access to outdoor play and learning.
  • Transport
    The new bus station must be expanded. We oppose rail fare price hikes that disadvantage commuters. We support 20mph default speed limits and programmes to encourage car sharing, walking and cycling.
  • Community Safety
    Our approach to crime reduction focuses on the social causes of crime. We oppose the proliferation of nightclubs in the St Botolph's area of town, and propose revoking the licences of any venues linked to incidents of violent crime.
  • Energy
    All Council-owned facilities would be audited and given energy reduction targets. We would generate locally sourced, affordable renewable energy to tackle fuel poverty. Solar arrays in suitable locations can be combined with ‘green gas’ produced from food waste. We would make it easier for residents across town to obtain replacement green bins and garden waste bags.
  • Business
    We favour socially responsible companies that respect the environment and pay a living wage to their employees.
  • Read the Colchester Green Party Leaflet (288 kB)

General Election May 2015

Read our election leaflet.

Vote Green Party: Make the difference

 

 

Your Colchester Parliamentary Election Candidate: Mark Goacher

 Mark Goacher

I've lived in Colchester for twenty-four years during which time I have taught History at Colchester VI Form College.

I was born in Leicester and grew up in rural Leicestershire before studying History at Lancaster University. Before joining the teaching profession I worked for the NHS in the Finance Department of Leicester Royal Infirmary. I am currently the NUT (National Union of Teachers) representative at the College and have worked as a volunteer for the Outhouse East charity in Colchester for fifteen years.

I have been a member of the Green Party for over two years and joined because I believe it to be the only major political party in the UK to be genuinely committed to protecting our countryside and planet as well as fighting for social justice and the common good. I believe that we have a real chance in the upcoming election to significantly increase our share of the vote in Colchester and we would fully welcome any support whatsoever that you could give us in our campaign.

Meetings


We hold regular monthly meetings  You do not need to be a party member to attend a meeting - everyone is welcome. Meetings are informal and typically include: details of forthcoming events, discussion of environmental or social justice issues, and planning of future events.

Meettings are held at 7:30pm on the first Monday of the month at the New Inn, 36 Chapel Street (corner of South Street) Colchester CO2 7AX. The meeting room is at the back of the pub and can be accessed through the pub or via the small car park to the side. There is a map here.

Contact Details

  • Tel: 07812 209862
  • Email: Click here.
  • Post: 14 Castle Road, Colchester, CO1 1UW
  • Twitter: @ColcGreenParty
  • To join the Colchester Green Party email newsletter for members and supporters to keep in touch click here.


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