Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Siân and the Giant Peach



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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Observer Leader Encourages Green Vote

From today's Observer Editorial

There is a stronger case to be made for casting 'first preference' votes for Siân Berry, the Green candidate. The party has already used its toehold on the London Assembly to wring green concessions worth millions of pounds out of the mayoral budget. A respectable score for Ms Berry, an intelligent and articulate advocate of her cause, would send a clear signal to whoever wins the mayoralty that London cares about environmental policy.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Green Tory Tactical Voting Tip

Did you know that a vote cast for the Tory Party in the London-wide List is a wasted vote? This is because the Tory Party will inevitably win more than their fair share of constituency members, so none of their list will get elected.

This means that Tory voters can vote both Blue and Green in the same election, by voting Tory in the constituency and voting for the Green Party in the London-wide list.

Meanwhile Real Greens should vote Green Party in the London list and for Green Party candidate Shasha Khan in the constituency vote.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Press release on free insulation


PRESS RELEASE: GREENS PLEDGE TO INSULATE CROYDON FROM THE COST AND THE COLD.

Croydon residents could see their fuels bills slashed under a Green Mayor with Siân Berry's plan to provide free insulation for all homes that need it.


Green Party GLA candidate for Croydon and Sutton Shasha Khan said:

"At a time when Croydon residents are feeling their household incomes squeezed due to fuel price hikes and increased inflation it is clear to me that we need our homes properly insulated in order to save on heating bills and to cut CO2 emissions. Croydon households have the worst ratings for energy efficiency in London (1). Now that we are required to provide Home Information Packs when putting our houses on the market Croydon homeowners could lose out when selling their house.

"There's no excuse in a 21st century city for having widespread fuel poverty, with people having to pay huge chunks of their income just trying to keep warm. There's no excuse for winter deaths of elderly Londoners who could have been saved by something as simple as loft insulation. And there's no excuse for government failure to cut CO2 emissions, or for their willingness to blame ordinary people instead of their own inaction.

"Under our plan, every single home in London that needs insulation will get it, free of charge. This will slash fuel bills, making London living more affordable and healthier. We'll also put a real dent in our carbon footprint and help to ensure a future for our kids."

Siân said:
"As oil and gas get scarcer, we can expect to see more and more rises inthe cost of heating. Londoners have an opportunity on 1 May to insulate themselves from the cold and the cost by voting for my plan to insulate every home that needs it for free"40% of London's CO2 emissions come from housing, and more than 1 in 20 Londoners have to spend over 10 per cent of their income trying to keep warm. Fuel poverty like that belongs in Dickens' London, not ours. That's why, as Mayor, I would provide free insulation to every London home that needs it.
Londoners on benefits qualify for free insulation under measures introduced by the Green Assembly Members as a condition of their support for the Mayor's budget. Siân's scheme will remove this means testing, as well as introducing a comprehensive outreach programme to encourage take-up.

The Green AMs have also secured funding to pilot detailed help with paperwork for householders in Lewisham who wish to insulate their homes and generate their own power; Siân will extend this service city-wide, and make low-cost loans available to pay for small-scale renewable energy generation on homes and businesses.

ENDS

Notes to editors
1. Energy efficiency ratings for private housing in London are listed in the table below. Houses are rated on a scale of 0 – 120, with higher numbers being more efficient. Most new homes receive a score between 75 and 100. Table source: www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

London Election Broadcast


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National Election Broadcast


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Greens deliver on their pledge.

Above: Extract from 2007 leaflet stating pledge to help return the park back to the community.
Below: Family Fun Day at Thornton Heath Rec- 11th April 2008.
Last Friday the Friends of the Park group that I co-founded with local residents put on a Family Fun Day for the local community. The event was a complete success. There was so much to do for youngsters: 3 bouncy castles, Crystal Palace in the community football training, boxing masterclass with a 3 times world champion, basketball skills, face painting etc etc. Back in 2007 I said we should put on an event at the Rec (see above) and thanks to some really committed local residents this was achieved.
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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Green Party Manifesto for London

Key Green policies include:

* 20p off all bus and off-peak tube fares - cancel £500 million east London roadbuilding scheme and invest in public transport instead
* Free insulation available to everyone;
* Insist all employers pay a Living Wage of least £7.20 an hour
* More affordable housing with a 60% target for all new homes
* Cheap loans for renewable energy generation
* Support for small business, against big retailers, with 50% of space in new developments to be small units for local businesses, at affordable rents
* People-friendly speed limits - 20 mph everywhere except a small number of major routes
* Tube PPPs and rail services in London brought back into public control
* No airport expansion
Download the full manifesto (pdf)

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GLA Election Street Stall



Bernice and Shasha out meeting the voters.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

The Big Ask Demo

Hats off to Croydon Friends of the Earth for holding an excellent demo outside Malcolm Wicks' constituency office on Saturday 5th April.
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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Sian for Mayor poster


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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Heathrow Terminal 5 Protest

Times Online TV covered the flashmob protest at the opening of Terminal 5.

Croydon Green Chris Sciberras was one of the interviewees.



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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Letter submitted to consultation

Anita Turner
Network Development Manager
Post Office Ltd
C/O National Consultation team
FREEPOST CONSULTATION TEAM

1st April

Dear Ms Turner,

I am very surprised to hear that as part of the Area Plan for London, Post Office Ltd is proposing to close Bensham Lane (104) Post Office.

This post office (Bensham Lane) provides an essential local service and is very much part of the fabric of our urban community. Closing this post office will leave local residents, including the elderly, disabled and mothers with young children, having to travel around a mile for their postal services. Evidence of the dismay felt by the community can be seen in the local papers. I have given a photocopy of the letters page in the boroughwide local newspaper, Croydon Guardian, to Mr Sunil Patel – the postmaster. I hope he submits this to you. Links for the letters can be read below.

It should be noted that the Broad Green and Bensham Manor wards are experiencing massive growth in population. There are several new housing developments which are just being brought online. The Queensgate development on Pawsons Road has 350 units and this is just yards away from the post office. There are several new housing developments on London Road. I request you take into consideration the increased demand for postal services in the area. It can be argued that we need two Post Office in the London Road/Whitehorse Road area.

On a more environmental note, the closing of the post office on Bensham Lane is likely to increase car journeys as people will choose to drive to the next available Post Office. This will increase pollution, congestion and carbon emissions and will have negative impact on the environment.

I urge you to reconsider your decision.

Yours sincerely

Shasha Khan
Croydon Green Party

PS Sent by snail mail and email.
1) Letter 1
2) Letter 2
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FAIR IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR