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!
Yes, and I will be looking into what we are doing in Oldham to meet the targets.
Divestment from Fossil Fuels
I agree 100% and that it should have been done by now. If it can be done in less than 5 years it should be.
Walking and Cycling
It's hard to change transport behaviours without the infrastructure there to encourage walking and cycling. Last year I frequently cycled into Manchester from Oldham along the Rochdale Canal Towpath in early hours of the morning to get to work, but with poor lighting, inconsistent surfaces and a number of steps it definitely wasn't encouraging. We will need a lot of upgrades to our infrastructure to make cycling and walking a viable option for significant numbers of people. My only concern would be for each of the councils to find room in their budgets to allocate this level of funds given the cuts they have faced.
If we can make reduce air pollution by implementing simple policies such as this then we should. It also would help to mitigate some of the complaints of residents who live in close proximity to schools and have the streets lined with cars on a daily basis. Making the areas a pedestrian and cycling only zone might however be a step too far given the number of schools on major routes into the area and having the cars drive further to get to their destination might actually negate any positive effects created.
In principle yes, I want to take steps to protect our bee population. However this is one that I am not too sure on nor aware of what the current regulation allows and would have to look at further to be 100%. My concern is that in the short term a ban could lead farmers towards using pesticides that cause more damage to bees than the neonicotinoid ones. It may be more appropriate to encourage reductions in use and increase crop rotation.
An easy YES, we can start by getting rid of all the single-use plastic cups at council meetings.
If it is part of a worldwide emission reduction strategy. Capping at one airport will not force greater research and development of new lower emission aircraft. All we will see is a reduction in the supply of flights in Manchester and increase at another such as Liverpool or Birmingham. I do not believe cap and trade will be an effective force of reducing aircraft emissions, by design it is meant to offset not reduce. If a true cap on emissions at Manchester Airport was part of a UN ICAO deal it would have my full support.
As long as these standards can be met while still providing truly affordable housing it's a yes from me.