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Means ‘10 key commitments’.
Green Means ‘addressing climate breakdown’.
Green Means ‘a thriving and just economy’.
Green Means ‘creating healthy and happy communities’.
Means ‘genuine peace & inclusivity’.
Means ‘planning for sustainability’.
Green Means ‘leisure, recreation and arts for all’.
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I’m proud to present the Green Party Northern Ireland’s manifesto for the Local Council Elections 2019 – my first election as leader of the party. It’s a plain-speaking manifesto, explaining what green means across everyday life. It doesn’t lecture on complex political theory or throw out empty promises. At the heart of this manifesto is a commitment to the power of good ideas and the courage to harness the power of disruption. Green means speaking truth to power acknowledging the need to reconnect communities with their Councils. Green means climate action. We must listen to voices such as that of Greta Thunberg when they warn that ‘our house is on fire’ and appreciate that our environment has limits. Green Councillors will be the first line of defence against catastrophic climate change – particularly as Brexit threatens our environmental protections. Councils are disproportionately dominated by men – only one out of four Councillors across Northern Ireland are women. Green Councillors will disrupt the old boys’ club mentality and reflect the lived experiences of people right across society. Twenty-one years on from the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement, we demand a shared present rather than asking for a shared future. Green means celebrating diversity and difference across our communities. Our children may be growing up in relative peace, but their lives continue to be blighted by sectarianism and the legacy of the conflict. Green Councillors will disrupt the politics of the past and work towards genuine peace and sustainable long term prosperity across communities.
Green means protecting public services and rejecting austerity. Green Councillors will ensure that vital facilities like leisure centres and parks are accessible and affordable. Austerity is a political choice, not a necessity. Our economic vision is about nurturing the creative and entrepreneurial capabilities of people across communities. People deserve decent, fulfilling and well-paid jobs. Green councillors will move towards a sustainable economy that addresses climate breakdown as well as economic inequality. Our vision is for healthier, happier communities. With your support, our Green Councillors will deliver for you, your family and everyone who calls this place home.
Clare Bailey MLA Leader, Green Party Northern Ireland
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Ensure that all Council premises are single-use plastic free.
Divest fully the pension schemes of Council staff and Councillors away from fossil fuel companies.
Support community buy-outs and increase the availability of grants, loans and financial advice for training and equipment to start a small business.
Support communities to move away from the coercive control of so called paramilitary style criminal gangs and ensure that Council funding does not directly or indirectly support these gangs.
Provide free sanitary products in all Council premises to reduce period poverty and encourage others to do likewise.
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Improve air quality standards through increased pollution monitoring and reporting in line with World Health Organisation standards.
Work as part of Policing and Community Safety Partnerships to address all Hate Crime by campaigning for increased awareness and reporting of incidents.
Ensure that communities take the lead on planning and development of our towns and cities, reforming the current model where private developers lead.
Create Exercise on Prescription programmes in collaboration with the Department of Health to help people recovering from illness or injury.
Make space available for permanent and temporary public art projects in partnership with arts and youth organisations.
addressing climate breakdown. Climate scientists warn that we have 11 years to deal with global warming before we significantly worsen the risk of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for millions of people. Our environment has limits. We must begin to consume in an ethical way, thoughtfully and locally. We must use less, reuse and recycle and at the same time hold corporations to account for their wanton environmental destruction. Climate breakdown can be addressed at a local level through Climate Emergency Declarations across Councils and the production of implementation plans backed up with the requisite resources and effort. Green means a Just Transition beyond a carbon based economy, creating sustainable jobs, ambitious community leadership and environmental resilience.
“Make the change.”
pro ject 03. Green Councillors will... Ensure that all Council premises are free from single-use plastics. Encourage active and environmentally friendly travel like cycling and walking through the growth and development of schemes like Belfast Bikes and the provision of good cycling and walking infrastructure. Support local and organic food production through food growing initiatives, allotment provision, community gardens and urban vegetable growing. Promote energy justice to ensure that each Council area eradicates energy injustice. Commit Councils to a carbon reduction strategy with tougher yearly targets for reductions in energy use, and a staged increase in renewable energy generation. Oppose fracking and mining and commit to leaving fossil fuels in the ground and transitioning to clean energy sources. Improve air quality standards through increased pollution monitoring and reporting in line with World Heath Organisation standards. Improve the quantity and quality of recycling through a target of 70% for household recycling and composting by 2025. Improve our infrastructure to boost the circular economy model and allow for a greater range and volume of recycling to be processed in Northern Ireland. Protect wildlife sites and local green spaces from development by ensuring enforcement of the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act to protect habitats. Manage flood risk on public land in sustainable ways that benefit people and nature. Transform and re-wild derelict and brown field sites to open spaces, seeking opportunities for new forestry planting which will help soak up carbon from the atmosphere.
a thriving and just economy. A thriving local economy is one based on whatâ€™s good for people across communities not just corporations grinding out profit for themselves. We want to see town and city centres buzzing again, with a healthy crop of independent retailers, businesses and service providers meeting community needs. Green means working with businesses, trades unions, and local governmentÂ to foster a sustainable and creative business environment which is thriving and just.
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Green Councillors will... Ensure that Councils pay a real living wage to all staff, including agency workers, and encourage Council funded organisations to do likewise. Divest the pension schemes of Council staff and Councillors away from fossil fuel companies and into ethical pension provision. Support social enterprises, cooperatives, and employee-owned businesses through public procurement and access to publicly owned property, through the Community Asset Transfer scheme. Resist further privatisation and ensure Councils procure local goods and services where possible to benefit the local economy. Encourage regeneration of local town centres, promoting independent retailers ahead of chain stores or out-of-town developments. Support credit unions and local banks, offering alternatives to high-interest payday lending and the â€œtoo-big-to-failâ€? banks. Support community buy-outs and increase the availability of grants, loans and financial advice for training and equipment to start a small business. Retain the Fairtrade status achieved by every Council area across Northern Ireland and promote Fairtrade where possible.
creating healthy & happy communities. Communities across Northern Ireland have been affected by decades of conflict. The environmental, physical, economic and psychological consequences of the conflict remain, even after 21 years of relative peace. Green means working at Council level to create happier, healthier communities by redressing historic inequalities and meeting the emerging challenges of climate breakdown, austerity and Brexit.
Green Councillors will... Set aside a portion of the community development funding within Councils for participatory budgeting so that people can have a greater say on projects within their communities. Introduce a transparent process for alley gating where residents can participate in an open application for the installation of alley gates in their community. Establish poverty working groups on council with an aim to support the work of community food banks and address holiday hunger across Council areas. Provide free sanitary products in every Council premises to reduce period poverty and encourage others to adopt the same measure. Facilitate the use of citizensâ€™ petitions, so that if enough signatures are gathered a motion is tabled, and councillors must vote on the issue. Increase opening hours of Council managed green spaces and public parks alongside the use of smart lighting systems to increase safety while managing cost and environmental impact. Support the One Million Trees Project to ensure that people can enjoy trees planted across urban areas as well as protecting trees and green spaces in place at present. Support youth and community groups with appropriate funding and early intervention initiatives. Promote on an equal basis the needs of children and young people in all activities and include them in decision making where appropriate.
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genuine peace & inclusivity.
Northern Ireland must be a safe and welcoming place for everyone. The legacy of the conflict is felt across communities. Rather than delivering a genuine peace process, weâ€™ve been offered a faltering political process. The influence of so-called paramilitary style criminal gangs remains and many minority groups are still denied the basic rights enjoyed by other sections of society. Green means genuine rights and equality for all and a commitment to true conflict transformation. 12.
Green Councillors will... Support communities to move away from the coercive control of paramilitary-criminal gangs and ensure that Council funding does not directly or indirectly support these gangs. Create an open, welcoming and reflective sense of shared cultural space and work with communities to re-image paramilitary murals. Deliver a public campaign to highlight gender based violence and improve the safety of women across communities. Ensure that all Council activities promote diversity and equality of opportunity by ensuring compliance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act. Initiate an audit of Council facilities to determine level of access for those with disabilities and ensure that groups funded by council are working towards improved accessibility. Work within Policing and Community Safety Partnerships to address Hate Crime by campaigning for increased awareness and reporting of incidents and completing project work with vulnerable groups. Work with communities for greater understanding and agreement around bonfires, flags and community contested parades. Continue to support and promote integrated education as a peace-building and inclusive way of educating our children. Ensure that Council funding for social and local investment is inclusive of communities of interest and not just geographically focused.
planning for sustainability. The Green Party believes in maintaining healthy, sustainable communities. Our planning system must do better in achieving quality development that meets the needs of communities. Green means a planning system that prioritises community spaces and services for all, ensures good quality, affordable housing and promotes the social, economic and environmental well-being of a place and its people.
Green Councillors will... Ensure that communities take the lead on planning and development in our towns and cities, reforming the current model where private developers lead. Require all new builds to meet the highest environmental standards, minimising carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency. Integrate a sustainable construction strategy as a condition of all planning applications. This covers recycling and reuse of materials, reduction of waste materials, energy generation, energy conservation, landscaping and sustainable transport facilities. Require Local Development Plans to be co-designed with communities and stakeholders to ensure that they provide for sustainable and inclusive development. Implement Developer Contribution Schemes to bring wider community benefit in areas where significant development is taking place. Oppose the high densification of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in a single area. Ensure that HMO landlords are held to account for the safety and welfare of tenants and the impact of their property and its tenants on their surrounding environment. Support the introduction of third party rights of planning appeal to balance the rights of communities with developers. Tackle homelessness by supporting essential crisis services, planning for and promoting affordable public housing while rejecting austerity measures such as the bedroom tax. Develop a scheme to incentivise developers and landowners to redevelop and protect buildings from falling into dereliction.
leisure, recreation & arts for all. People can connect and have their lives enriched through Council services such as community centres, swimming pools, outdoor pitches and provision of the arts. Public events and festivals which are accessible and inclusive help us to celebrate our local area. Councils should support our special blend of culture and identity. Green means affordable and broad access to leisure, recreation and the arts, meaning quality down time, health, well being and enjoyment for everyone.
Green Councillors will... Promote the full range of arts and ensure access for all, attempt to achieve greater social cohesion and improve mental and physical health. Ensure the provision of community-use facilities for hire at affordable rates and oppose the closure or privatisation of any facility. Â Enable access to affordable high quality arts and cultural activities by offering free or subsidised tickets to performances and workshops. Through direct funding we will support and promote community-run festivals, arts, cultural and sporting events and activities, which promote equality and inclusivenes. Ensure that all Council-run facilities are fully accessible for those with disability or mobility issues. Work with the Department for Communities to protect and enhance libraries as community meeting and event spaces. Create Exercise on Prescription programmes in collaboration with the Department of Health to help people recovering from illness or injury. Make space available for permanent and temporary street art projects in partnership with arts and youth organisations. Improve animal welfare and safety standards at Belfast Zoo and ensure that all animals are kept for genuine conservation purposes. Refuse licenses for circuses using animals and ensure that every Council has at least one animal welfare officer.
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Lisburn Luke Robinson
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Holywood & Clandeboye Rachel Woods
Castle Mal O’Hara
Bangor Central Stephen Dunlop
Ormiston Anthony Flynn
Bangor East Barry McKee
Old Park Lesley Veronica
Bangor East & Donaghadee Hannah McNamara
Court Sinead Magner
Ards Peninsula Michele Strong
Black Mountain Stephen Maginn
Comber Ricky Bamford
GO Collin Ellen Murray
Newtonards Maurice McCartney
Balmoral Caoimhe O’Connell
Downpatrick Jamie Kennedy
Botanic Áine Groogan
Rowallan Emma Cairns
Lisnasharragh Brian Smyth
Omagh Town Susan Glass
Titanic Ben Smylie
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