Since 2009, the Glastonbury and Street Green Party has steadily and purposefully encroached on the Tory stronghold in our area – gaining seats on Glastonbury Town Council in 2011 and Glastonbury and Street Councils four years later – taking minority control of Glastonbury from the Conservatives in 2015; becoming the majority party on Glastonbury Town Council in 2019!
Since then, we’ve consolidated our position, with the election of Green Mayors of Glastonbury – Denise Michell (2015/16 and again 2019/20), Jon Cousins) (2016/17 and again in 2020/21 and 2021/22) and Emma George (2017/18) – using our strong position to push the Green agenda; becoming the second anti-fracking council in the UK in 2015; declaring a “Climate Emergency” in 2019, becoming an Earth Protector Town in 2020, with the Green-led council employing a Climate Emergency and Resilience Officer in 2021 to help us achieve our pledge to make the operation of council carbon neutral by 2030.
In addition, we hosted the public launch of MEP Molly Scott Cato’s ‘The power to transform the South West’ at Glastonbury Town Hall; reinstated Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town status; instigated Glastonbury’s Neighbourhood Plan; and helped to co-ordinate the re-housing of Syrian refugees in Glastonbury and Street.
Jon Cousins stood as our Green candidate in the 2015 General Election, increasing our vote fourfold! As Mayor of Glastonbury, Jon was actively working with the Police to foster a multi-agency approach to anti-social behaviour and drug dealing; collaborating with Glastonbury Festival and the BBC to promote Glastonbury town nationally. In addition, he has taken an active role in the Last Bank Standing campaign (an attempt to stop the closure of all Glastonbury’s banks in 2016) and helped to bring a new Nationwide Building Society branch to the town!
On Thursday, 2nd May 2019, Jon and fellow Green candidate Lindsay MacDougall became Glastonbury’s first Green Mendip District Councillors! In the Parish elections (held on the same day), the Greens won 9 out of the 16 seats in Glastonbury.
Glastonbury St. Benedict’s Ward – Denise Michell, Ian Mutch, and Brian Outten
Glastonbury St. Edmund’s Ward – Jon Cousins and Serena Roney-Dougal
Glastonbury St. John’s Ward – Sue Barnett and Christine Prior
Glastonbury St. Mary’s Ward – Lindsay MacDougall and Mike Smyth
The Green Party isn't just another political party. Green politics is a new and radical kind of politics guided by Core Values.
We believe that:
A system based on inequality and exploitation is threatening the future of the planet on which we depend, and encouraging reckless and environmentally damaging consumerism.
A world based on cooperation and democracy would prioritise the many, not the few, and would not risk the planet’s future with environmental destruction and unsustainable consumption.
Read more about the Philosophical Basis of the Green Party
The Glastonbury & Street Green Party covers some of the Wells Parliamentary Constituency.
We have two Mendip District and nine Glastonbury Town Councillors.
In Mendip Hills, there are four Green Wells City Councillors.
In East Mendip, there are eight Green District and two Green County Councillors representing Frome at Mendip District and Somerset County Councils respectively.
Current Officers of the Glastonbury & Street Green Party are:
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