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
Marcus Graham
Party
Independent (CO:RE)
City/Borough
Salford
Area
Cadishead (Irlam)

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 agree with the principle of biodiversity net gain in future developments, investment in green infrastructure, aswell as reducing carbon emissions in transport

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?

Don't know

When there is so much suffering from severe cuts in council budgets, i don't think it is fair to invest so much. Although i do agree there is much room for improvement in infrastructure.

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

Don't know

There are many congestion issues around peak school run times, which cause safety issues as well as pollution, i think families need to be educated better about the dangers of pollution and the benefits of that short walk to school, instead of driving. I think people should change habits through choice, not through enforcement.

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 also think GM should support the UK initiative converting waste plastics into road surfaces, to reduce the costs of road maintenance and reduce waste.

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