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
David Figgins
Party
Green Party
City/Borough
Bolton
Area
Great Lever

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



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



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 support this for a number of reasons: traffic safety, road congestion, air pollution and child road safety. Too often I've seen many cars parked or stationary in areas around schools that are of an increasing risk to children and residents.

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

As an animal rights activist, I will support any legislation that protects wildlife.

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

Yes

Single-use plastics are a needless waste of expenditure, resources and an environmental risk. The sooner we phase them out, the better.

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

Yes



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?

Don't know

I would have to look at this issue closer, as the cost-effectiveness in comparison to the environmental impact may not be pragmatic for prospective new home owners.