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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!

Heather Rylance
Westhoughton North & Chew Moor

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?


I believe we need to aim for a much more ambitious target; 2038 is too far away.

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?


It is unethical to invest people's pensions in such schemes; largely without their knowledge or approval.

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?


There are far too few cycle routes in Greater Manchester and Britain in general. It is made accessible that people will take up alternative forms of transport

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


Parking around schools and colleges is not only harmful to health but dangerous to pedestrians. Motorists can frequently be seen leaving their engines idling; this is damaging our children's health.

Question 5
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?


I believe pesticides should be banned completely and organic farming promoted.

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


Yes but we need to do more; Bolton Council needs to drastically improve recycling facilities which are sadly lacking in this area.

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


I would also like to see a ban an internal flights in the UK and other forms of transport such as trains to be made more accessible.

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 we need more homes that are both affordable and energy efficient

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