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
Linda Dawson
Party
Liberal Democrats
City/Borough
Oldham
Area
Waterhead

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

I think that this would be the ideal but we would have to look into the logistics and effects of meeting these targets. When my grandson was a toddler over 20 years ago, I observed that when waiting to cross a road at a junction, he was on a level with car exhausts, which is worrying and not much has changed on this.

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?

Don't know

There should be a reduction in fossil fuels usage but I don’t know enough about whether the targets to fully divest are possible.

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

Most definitely!

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

Yes



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



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

Yes

I am not sure whether this would be possible by the target date, but we do need to start this phase-out now.

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

The cost of this I presume would be much more expensive and if this impacts on people not being able buying their homes, we would need to overcome this problem.