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 the General Election, the Local Elections, our Colchester meetings, how to contact us and our Twitter feed.
New members and supporters are more than welcome to get involved in our campaigns or just to come along to our open meetings.
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.
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.