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Green PCC Crowdfunder Success!

Congratulations to Chris Briton and to all those who have supported the successful Crowdfunder, which raised the £5k deposit required for Chris to stand as the Green Party candidate in the Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election on Thursday 5th May. Well Done!

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The PCC election will take place on the same day as many local elections across the UK, including the Bristol City Council elections and the Glastonbury St. Benedict’s by-election.  More information about the PCC election can be found HERE.

In response to the recent displays of ‘playground politics’ in the House of Commons, the Green Party has produced an Election Party Broadcast to support the PCC and local election candidates – declaring “It’s time for grown up politics!”

#GrownUpPolitics

Chris Briton selected as Green PCC Candidate

We are delighted to announce that former Green Mayor of Wells, and City Councillor Chris Briton has been selected as the Green Party candidate for the up-and-coming Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election on Thursday, 5th May 2016.

We need to raise a staggering £5000 (!) in order for Chris to be able to stand… which, in Chris’s own words is “an outrageously huge sum of money, and only allows rich individuals or wealthier parties to contest the election… In my view that’s undemocratic!

If you would like to support Chris, please visit our Crowdfunder page HERE

St. Mary’s By-election Results

Thank you everyone who come along to Glastonbury Town Hall on Thursday, February 11th 2016, and voted for Paul Lund – the Green Party candidate in the by-election. #VOTEPAUL2016

The result for the Glastonbury St. Mary’s By-election is as follows:
BROWNE, Laiqa (LibDem) 147
LUND, Paul (Green) 201
NAPPER, Terry (Con) 253 [E]
RATCLIFFE, Jane (Lab) 50

We will all be disappointed that Paul was not elected; however, Green supporters can take some consolation in the fact that we came second in the poll – easily beating both the Liberal Democrats and Labour.

The result means that the Green Party remain in minority-control of Glastonbury Council, with the number of Councillors elected from each party as follows:
GREENS = 7
CONS = 5
LIBDEMS = 3
INDEPENDENT = 1

The Glastonbury GREEN – By-election Special !

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#VOTEPAUL2016 – St. Mary’s By-election update

The Glastonbury St. Mary’s By-election will take place on Thursday, 11th February.  The Polling Station is at Glastonbury Town Hall; it will be open from 7 am to 10 pm.

Your Green Candidate is Paul Lund; the prospective eighth Glastonbury Green Town Councillor – his election giving the Greens a working majority; ensuring that we can continue to improve the way Glastonbury is governed; to make Glastonbury a strong participatory democracy, with more community involvement and engagement.

Paul Lund and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Photo by Jason Bryant

Paul Lund and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Photo by Jason Bryant

Green canvassing is well underway, with local party members drumming up support across the ward. Door knocking is a key part of the process, as we are keen to listen to resident’s concerns, ideas, and thoughts about the future.

One of the things that residents have been telling our canvassers is how they’re particularly impressed that Paul is the only local standing for election – living as he does in the St. Mary’s Ward, on Glastonbury’s Redlands Estate – and, as a result, they know Paul is familiar with many of the important issues that they feel strongly about.

Local Green Party members canvassing in St. Mary’s for the by-election on the 11th February. Left to Right: Tor Webster, Chris Walford, Oliver Dowding, Cllr Emma George, Green Candidate Paul Lund, Penny Collins, and Cllr Alyson Black

Local Green Party members canvassing in St. Mary’s for the by-election on the 11th February. Left to Right: Tor Webster, Chris Walford, Oliver Dowding, Cllr Emma George, Green Candidate Paul Lund, Penny Collins, and Cllr Alyson Black

Paul’s background is as a social entrepreneur and environmentalist; he is the founding director of The Sustainable Environment Company CIC. He is also a seasoned radio producer, and the director of the Glastonbury Festival Sound Archive.

A green activist and campaigner, Paul is an energetic member of our community, and – over the years – he has been involved as a volunteer in many of the Town Council’s projects.

Paul shows Natalie Bennett Glastonbury’s Environmental Charter in Glastonbury Town Hall. Photo by Ewan Jones

Paul shows Natalie Bennett Glastonbury’s Environmental Charter in Glastonbury Town Hall. Photo by Ewan Jones

In 2012, Paul was responsible for the creation of the Council’s pioneering ‘Charter for the Environment’.

In 2015, he played a major role in the successful campaign to revive Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town status.

He is a key member of the Council’s Promoting Glastonbury Committee, and earlier this year made history by becoming the first non-councillor to hold the office of Deputy-chair for a Town Council Committee.

And if that wasn’t enough, Paul is currently developing Glastonbury’s new Tourism Strategy…

Paul with Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and Natalie Bennett

Paul with Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and Natalie Bennett

All these things he does in a voluntary capacity; for the love of Glastonbury – no wonder our South West MEP Molly Scott Cato said: “Paul is just what Glastonbury needs!

That is why we have chosen Paul Lund as the Green candidate for this crucial by-election.

Glastonbury is of national interest; and the Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett came to our town to officially announce Paul’s selection – saying, “I have great pleasure in introducing Paul Lund; we have a fantastic Green councillor group here in Glastonbury – let’s strengthen it”.

With your support, we can; let’s Vote For Real Change! #VOTEPAUL2016

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Some important information concerning Polling Day, 11th February 2016

On Polling Day, the last time a re-issue of spoilt or lost postal vote can happen is at 5 pm;
The deadline for emergency proxy applications is at 5 pm;
Last time to alter the Register of Electors (the ‘Electoral Roll’), due to clerical error or court appeal is at 9 pm.

Promoted by Jon Cousins, West Mendip Green Party on behalf of Paul Lund both at 3 Hood Close, Redlands, Glastonbury, Somerset. BA6 8ES

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part two]

When Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett visited Glastonbury on 26th January, not only did she meet with the Last Bank Standing Campaign, but she also wanted to learn more about ‘Lighten the Load A361’; to hear from residents about the impact of heavy traffic on their lives, and to witness the situation first-hand.

As a result of Green Councillors’ involvement with Lighten the Load – and the creation of the Town Council’s A361 Committee – Natalie was familiar with the petition to remove Glastonbury from the Freight Network; to stop HGVs from travelling through the town.

Natalie discovers just how dangerous the A361 really is! Photo by Denise Michell

Natalie Bennett discovers just how dangerous the A361 really is! Photo by Denise Michell

From reading reports by Glastonbury’s Green Cllr Lindsay MacDougall, Natalie already understood something of the problems facing local residents who live along the A361.  However, she welcomed the opportunity to experience the situation in person – and was visibly shocked at the close proximity of the traffic to pedestrians, the lack of safe crossing places, and the narrow width of the road as it squeezes through Chilkwell Street by Chalice Well.

Natalie Bennett and local Green Candidate Paul Lund witness the impact of HGVs along Chilkwell Street. Photo by Gabriel Avalon

Natalie and local Green Candidate Paul Lund witness the impact of HGVs along Chilkwell Street. Photo by Gabriel Avalon

Natalie listened in amazement to hear that Somerset County Council will not fund traffic surveys, decibel, pollution, and vibration testing for Glastonbury!  She was also surprised to hear that the County’s Highway department have repeatedly failed to meet with Glastonbury Town Council to discuss the issues!

She was deeply concerned to meet a family with young children whose front door opened directly onto the road’s edge – the danger being obvious.

Paul Lund, Glastonbury’s Green Candidate for the forthcoming St. Mary’s By-election, told Natalie that the A361 campaign was a priority issue for the ward. “Young families who live on the A361 – like those we’ve met at Cottle Close – deserve better from the County Council, who appear to consider the needs of HGVs above those of local people!  The Glastonbury Greens fully support Lighten the Load; and we’ll try every opportunity open to us to make this road safe for those who live on it!

meet a family with young children whose front door opened directly onto the road’s edge

Natalie and Paul Lund meet a family with young children whose front door opens directly onto the road’s edge!

More photos from Natalie's visit. Clockwise from the top left: Visiting Cottle Close [photo by Gabriel Avalon]; Watching traffic on Chilkwell Street [photo by Denise Michell]; Talking with local residents [photo by Laura Zaky]; Another HGV on Chilkwell Street! [photo by Gabriel Avalon].

More photos from Natalie’s visit. Clockwise from the top left: Visiting Cottle Close with Paul Lund and Deputy Mayor Cllr Jon Cousins [photo by Gabriel Avalon]; Watching traffic on Chilkwell Street [photo by Denise Michell]; Talking with local residents on the High Street [photo by Laura Zaky]; Yet another HGV on Chilkwell Street! [photo by Gabriel Avalon]

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part one]

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part three]

Jon Cousins – 30 second pitch

jon_cousinsJon Cousins – his 30 second pitch

Jon Cousins is one of Glastonbury’s Green Town Councillors, Chair of Glastonbury Town Hall, and Prospective Green MP for Wells. A seasoned community activist, organiser, and green campaigner, he currently works with the co-operative movement in the UK and Europe.

He has made a 30 second pitch and you can see the video here

Why Vote Green

Jon Cousins was asked by the Weston & Somerset Mercury to make a very short elevator pitch video about ‘why vote Green’.
The video will be on the papers website, and we will update this post when we have a link to that. Meanwhile here is Jon:

It is also available on Youtube.

 

Jon Cousins is one of Glastonbury’s Green Town Councillors, Chair of Glastonbury Town Hall, and Prospective Green MP for Wells. A seasoned community activist, organiser, and green campaigner, he currently works with the co-operative movement in the UK and Europe.