Local Election Survey 2018 – Candidates

We’re surveying candidates in Greater Manchester for the 2018 election. Find out more about the survey.

Below is a summary of the responses across the areas of Greater Manchester. Where a candidate has already responded, you can see their response. If your candidates haven’t yet responded, follow the Twitter link to ask them to!

Name
Kevin McKeon
Party
Labour Party
City/Borough
Bolton
Area
Horwich North East

Question 1
Climate Change
Do you agree that Greater Manchester should adopt the Tyndall Centre’s science-based carbon budgets, set targets to halve the region’s emissions in the next five years and become carbon neutral by 2038?

Yes

Limiting carbon emissions is one of the greatest challenges facing our communities.

Question 2
Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Do you agree that the Greater Manchester Pension Fund should fully divest from fossil fuels in the next five years?

Yes

Yes. Investment in renewables must be the way forward.

Question 3
Walking and Cycling
Will you support your local council allocating funding to implement the walking and cycling (active travel) measures contained in Chris Boardman's ‘Made to Move’ report?

Yes



Question 4
Air Quality
Will you call on your local council to introduce ‘parking exclusion zones’ around local schools at peak times?

Yes

I would ask officers to look into the practicality of this. I think it’s an ideal but it may not be practical given the overall problems of congestion and parking.

Question 5
Biodiversity
Will you support a ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in your local council area and work to phase out the use of other pollinator-harming pesticides?

Yes

I’m very much in favour of this although it may be that only national legislation can bring this about.

Question 6
Plastics
Will you support the phase-out of single-use plastics in your local authority by 2020?

Yes



Question 7
Aviation
Will you support the introduction of a cap on emissions from flights to and from Manchester Airport?

Don't know

I don’t know enough about this issue. Of course air emissions must be reduced but do we have the technology to do it and maintain business and leisure air travel?

Question 8
Energy Efficiency
Do you support the introduction of a GM-wide building standard for all new developments to be zero-carbon and climate resilient?

Yes

I do support this but I think it will require national government legislation to achieve it. I don’t think the National Planning Policy Framework currently out for consultation encourages it.