Swale Green Party is your local Green Party for the Faversham, Sittingbourne and Sheppey areas.
Members of Swale Green Party believe in a positive vision for Swale, rejecting austerity and working instead for the common good: high-quality housing we can all afford, a living wage, affordable and reliable public transport, our railways in public hands, an end to the scandal of families being driven to food banks and real action on the environmental crisis.
We are continuing to welcome new members - if you would like to join the party, click on the box at the top of this page. We would love to welcome you at one of our regular local meetings.
Swale Green Party is working to win seats on Kent County Council in the 2021 elections.
We need help with all aspects of the campaign, even if your just delivering leaflets to your street or village. We rely solely on volunteers and every action helps. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Could you be a candidate? In 2019 we stood more candidates for Swale Borough Council than ever before, and won our best ever result. We are now represented on Swale District Council and aim to win more representation on Kent County Council in 2021, so we need lots of enthusiastic, committed and hard-working candidates! We are particularly keen to ensure diversity amongst our candidates, so please consider standing!
The local elections on 2nd May 2019 brought political change across Swale. Green Party candidates Tim Valentine & Alastair Gould were elected in Boughton & Courtenay. No political party has overall control of Swale Borough Council, so a 'Rainbow Coalition' Council has been formed which includes Greens, Labour, Swale Independents, Liberal Democrats and the Independent Group.
Tim & Alastair campaigned on three main issues:
They will deliver all of these promises.
At the June 2019 Swale Borough Council meeting, Tim Valentine proposed a motion to Declare a Climate & Ecological Emergency. The motion was passed and council staff will now work towards making the council's operations carbon neutral by 2025. Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Faversham intend to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. The council aims to be free of single use plastics by 2021.
The Council now have an action plan, prioritising the improvement of energy efficiency and making space for nature. They will pursue the Swale Strategic Air Quality Action Plan and call on the Borough's MPs to support the motion.
When we stood for election, we called for more affordable homes in the towns, close to transport links, where people could meet their daily needs without having to use a car every time they left home. This vision has taken a great leap forward; the Rainbow Coalition is setting up a Local Housing Company to meet the need for Affordable Housing that is not being provided by the market.
The decision to approve the solar power station has now been made by the planning Inspectorate, rather than Swale Borough Council. We are extremely dissapointed about this, however, Tim and Alastair will continue to work with the Rainbow Coalition Council to ensure that the solar power station is as safe as possible and to ensure that the environment is protected as much as possible from this development.
Since being elected, Swale Borough Council have made significant moves towards making the council's operations carbon neutral by 2025, including actions such as replacing their fleet of deisel vans with zero-emission electric vehicles to improve air quality, saving more than 30 tonnes of carbon every year and installing electric chargers in council carparks throughout Swale.
When we stood for election, we called for more affordable homes in the towns, close to transport links, where people could meet their daily needs without having to use a car every time they left home.
This vision has taken a great leap forward; the Rainbow Coalition running Swale Borough Council is setting up a local housing company to meet the need for affordable housing that is not being provided by the market.
The housing company, Swale Rainbow Homes Ltd, will be wholly-owned by the council. It will not place any financial burden on the council or the taxpayer. Council-owned land at the old bus depot in East Street, Sittingbourne, and the car parks at Fountain Street and Cockleshell Walk, also in Sittingbourne, will be transferred in exchange for equity in the company. The sites will be used to provide around 139 new homes. The development will provide an income from assets that will appreciate over time.
Setting up a local housing company will enable the council to intervene directly in the local housing market to provide decent affordable housing. It will give the council control of the number, location and energy efficiency of affordable homes, meaning that the council will not be at the mercy of developers trying to maximise profit.
The number of local people in need of affordable housing is rising. The company will enable us to build affordable housing in addition to those provided through the planning system, enabling Swale Borough Council to begin to meet that need.
The Green Party do politics differently. We believe decisions should be taken as locally as possible. Politics is not restricted to the council chamber but happens through actions in the community. From picking up a piece of plastic waste to running a group like the Brownies, positive actions make our villages the great places they are to live. We want to support positive action by everybody. So get in touch. Let us know your priorities, and what we can do to help.
You can contact Alastair at AlastairGould@swale.gov.uk
and Tim at TimValentine@swale.gov.uk