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
John McCann
Party
Liberal Democrats
City/Borough
Oldham
Area
Saddleworth South

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

May have to be exemptions for particular cases and events

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

A managed withdrawal is appropriate as many pension depend on this fund

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

Practical difficulties in Saddleworth due to narrow roads there long before cars etc

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

Yes

This should be a 'quick win' priority: children's lungs are especially vulnerable

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

Bees & pollinators are vital to all of us (my parents kept bees and never had the problems experienced nowadays)

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

Yes

Many plastic uses could be easily replaced: government needs to legislate to force change

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?

Yes

Standards for new builds are if anything declining re 'future proofing' and space after years of slow progress