The Green Party in Suffolk Coastal on April 3rd launched its local election campaign with a pledge to build a vision for a fairer and more sustainable way of life in our towns, villages and countryside.
Ahead of the local elections on 6 May, the Greens nationally are looking to build on their record results from the last local elections in 2019, which saw the party more than double their national number of councillors. This included a local win for Rachel Smith-Lyte who took the Melton seat on East Suffolk District Council with 60% of the votes cast. Melton provides nearly 40% of the electorate in the Wickham Division where Rachel is standing for the County Council.
This year the Greens in Suffolk Coastal are also standing for the County Council in Carlford, Felixstowe Coastal, Kesgrave and Rushmere and Wilford. They are also contesting the East Suffolk Council by-election in Framlingham.
Ahead of the launch, Rachel said:
“ East Suffolk faces unprecedented pressure on our traditional way of life. As well as climate chaos, we are also faced with the prospect of Sizewell C, other intrusive energy infrastructure and ill-considered housing developments. Social Care is reeling from the Covid crisis and Suffolk County Council is set to run out of money in two years.”
” Greens on Suffolk Councils have led the way in drawing attention to the climate and ecological challenges we all face. Greens would go further and faster to transform housing to make all homes warmer and more energy efficient, revolutionise our transport systems and create more space for the recovery of nature.”
Julian Cusack, Chair of Suffolk Coastal Greens said, “We are calling for the early publication of the Suffolk County Council Climate Emergency Plan which was due for publication in ‘early 2021’. The earlier Ricardo report shows just how much needs to be done to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and draws attention to the leadership role required of the County and District Councils.”
Greens in Suffolk Coastal also stand with local Parish and Town Councils, campaign groups and thousands of local people who are making a strong case against Sizewell C and other intrusive infrastructure projects.
The Green Party is also studying the impact on traffic and flood risk of excessive concentrations of new housing and will campaign for more affordable housing and higher energy efficiency standards for all new buildings.
Suffolk County Council is facing a crisis in its Social Care budget with rising costs for adult care services and stresses placed on child placements and vulnerable families due to Covid-19. Despite this the Conservative majority voted to oppose a proposal by the GLI Group to take the full increase in the Social Care precept allowed by the Government. Greens on the Council will work to restore the financial resources needed to support and improve Care Services to all who need them.
 The Wickham Division also includes Rendlesham, Wickham Market, Campsea Ashe, Pettistree and Ufford.
 Cllr Rout in his Cabinet Report to Suffolk Council on 3/12/20
 Suffolk County Council Scrutiny Committee report, 7/1/21 page 35
 Green, Liberal Democrat and Independent Group on Suffolk County Council