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Welcome!

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.

 

 

Kent County Council Elections 

Swale Green Party is working to win seats on Kent County Council in the 2021 elections. 

Rich Lehmann is standing, we are planning a big push to get him elected, so please join our campaign team! Let's do this!

 

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 rich.lehmann@swale.greenparty.org.uk 

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, commited and hard-working candidates! We are particularly keen to ensure diversity amongst our candidates, so please consider standing!

 

Making a difference in Swale

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, but a 'Cooperative Alliance' has been formed which includes Greens, Labour, Swale Independents, Liberal Democrats and the Independent Group. 

Tim & Alastair campaigned on three main issues:

  • Oppose inappropriate housing developments in the countryside;
  • Oppose industrial-scale solar power station on Graveney Marshes;
  • Zero tolerance of racism on the Council.

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.

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 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.

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

 

Swale's Cooperative Alliance:

 

Monique Bonney (Ind), Tim Valentine (Green), Roger Truelove (Lab), Ben J Martin (Lib Dem), Mike Baldock (Swale Ind)