The Pirate Party in Manchester. Looking forward to the Ancoats and Clayton By-election, December 2013

Environment

Manifesto Environment thumbnail✔ Protect Open Spaces
✔ Save Resources
✔ Tackle Litter
✔ Affordable Transport
✔ Safe to Cycle

We need smart policy to improve our environment. Bringing in a bottle return scheme, paying for a deposit on bottles and cans which is given back when they are returned. This would reduce litter and the burden on recycling facilities, as well as changing attitudes towards our precious resources.

The environmental challenges, from climate change to dealing with ‘grotspots’, are monumental. They require changes in all parts of our economy and in our behaviour, but if we work together we can deal with both. Litter is more than a blight on our landscape, it is an indication of wasted resources.

We can work together to improve the areas where we live and at the same time deal with a threat to our world. Using new technologies for power  generation and to fuel our cars will help a great deal too; I want to see investment in British engineering to bring about the changes and technology that we need.

Open spaces must be protected, land ownership must be transparent, our common heritage maintained and developers made to act responsibly. It is time for a fair environment policy. There should be a new focus on “problem” littered and polluted areas and a more proactive Environment Agency.

Cycling should be seen as part of our transport system, not just a token effort. To get more people in to the saddle, we should separate cyclists from other traffic where possible and ensure that cycling directions are part of transport information. Adult and child cycling classes should be available. Walking should also be seen as part of transport strategy, particularly as pedestrians are most at risk in traffic accidents here in Manchester.

Part of looking after our environment and having a dynamic economy is having a well functioning public transport system. On our railways there must  be no more private profit at public expense. If tax payers invest, investment must be matched by rail operators and we need to see a return. When assessing rail performance, overcrowding and affordability should be taken in to proper consideration. Ticket pricing needs to be transparent, easy to understand, and work between different forms of transport. We can get Manchester moving.

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