The last time Sheffield had an all-out council election, it was a new start for Sheffield. The city’s first Green councillor, Jillian Creasy, was elected in 2004. This year we aim to increase our councillors and create a strong council group.
The Green Party stands up for the environment – challenging the Government and local authorities to act on the reality of climate change.
But the environment means everything around us – our families, our streets, our communities, our city. We believe in looking after it, responsibly and fairly. That’s why our councillors work hard all year round, listening to people when we knock on their doors.
We stand for better, more attractive streets to live in and a council that listens to residents, whether they want to keep their trees, park outside their own homes or have their say over local schools. We listen to what residents have to say because the best decisions are often made at a very local level, with different solutions in different streets.
As well as listening, we want answers to the questions that Sheffielders rightly ask of their council. We will open up council meetings to the public by online webcasting, like other authorities do.
We stand for good quality housing and lower bills. We will insulate homes to stop wasting energy. We will improve the state of private rented housing and deal with derelict empty homes. We will create more jobs in energy-saving measures, public transport and renewable energy – like our balanced budget proposal to install solar panels on the roofs of council housing. Our win-win policies will bring jobs and money to the city and cut fuel bills.
We will put more resources into the care of older and disabled people. This means improving the lot of care workers and reducing privatisation and zero-hours contracts.
Our practical actions improve people’s lives, whether that means sorting out parking spaces or improving air quality at a city-wide level. We promote attractive routes for walking and cycling, reopening local rail stations and getting a grip on bus services. We want a proper system of 20mph zones in residential areas across the whole city.
Our hard work improves peoples’ lives. We are standing for election in every ward in Sheffield, for a council that listens.