Worcester Green Party policies

2021 Manifesto

The Worcester Green Party manifesto for 2021 covers six areas: Local democracy, decent homes, better transport, women, destination Worcester, and healthy residents. You can view the six different areas by clicking on the links below, or you can view the full manifesto.

Local Democracy Decent Homes Better Transport

Worcester Women Destination Worcester Healthy Residents

Green Party vision to tackle congestion in Worcester

Worcester Green Party has a vision for tackling the root causes of traffic congestion in Worcester.

High levels of traffic congestion are leading to a frustrating waste of time waiting in traffic. But it also negatively affects our local economy, while the poor air quality associated with congestion also causes a significant number of premature deaths.

Congestion costs local businesses dearly in terms of lost opportunities. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (October 2014) the cost of traffic congestion in the UK is over £12 billion a year. By population size, Worcester’s share of the UK cost equates to approximately £18 million a year.

Poor air quality causes 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK (Royal College of Physicians - Feb 2016). We can expect Worcester’s share of national premature deaths to be approximately 60 every year. Cars and lorries stuck in traffic cause a significant amount of air pollution.


The Green Party believes that tinkering with traffic light sequencing will not be enough to significantly reduce the amount of congestion. The Green Party has created a transport vision which centres on creating viable alternatives to the car to reduce demand on the road system and so free up space so that those who really need to use their cars can do so without being stuck in traffic jams.

Our objectives are:

  • Observe the national target for 'net zero' emissions by 2050, but work towards an earlier target of 2035.
  • Campaign for a rapid reduction in fossil fuel consumption.
  • Create an environment in which the public, consensually, adopt sustainable life styles and reduce their dependence on cars.
  • Promote walking, cycling and public transport.
  • Reduce congestion and air pollution.
  • Boost economic growth by improving the ambience and accessibility of the city centre.

To achieve our objectives we will:

  • Adopt sustainable transport policies from other towns and cities
  • Establish a joint working group led by a "Congestion Champion" to formulate air quality, public transport and car parking policies.
  • Improve and extend Active Travel routes for cyclists and walkers.
  • Promote bus travel via the Bus User's Forum.
  • Reduce the cost of bus services and raise peak parking charges.
  • Consider extending concessionary bus travel schemes.
  • Address bus service punctuality and reliability.
  • Review bus routes and the frequency and times of operation
  • Improve management of on-street parking.
  • Encourage electric vehicles and more public charging points.
  • Restrain the growth in vehicle numbers in the City's historic centre.
  • Increase infrastructure capacity to eliminate congestion.

A copy of the report can be downloaded from here.

Green Party vision to tackle congestion

Manifesto For Supporting Local Independent Businesses

Manifesto For Supporting Local Independent Businesses

What will the Greens do in Worcester?

The Green Party offers a different approach to the other main political parties. At the heart of all Green Party policies is **SUSTAINABILITY**. This means ... meeting everyone's basic needs (for safe food and water, clean air, housing, energy, education, work and play, caring for each other) without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

This won't be easy, but it can be achieved if people and their Governments work together. Locally, nationally and globally, other parties have allowed public services to deteriorate, the gap between rich and poor to increase massively, and the natural environment to be ruined in pursuit of profits and economic growth. The Green Party aims to address the root causes of these problems, rather than simply tinkering with the symptoms.

Their approach looks beyond the short term and single issues, to offer a coherent long-term strategy for a sustainable future.

**COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT** in decision-making stands at the very heart of Green politics. In today's globalised society, too much power lies in the hands of big business, financial institutions and central governments. Greens believe that if local people have control over what happens in and to their own communities, then decisions will be made which are fairer and more sustainable.

The Green Party believes that economic activity should be **LOCALLY BASED**. As far as possible, companies should be locally owned and run, and goods and services should be traded locally. Benefits will include cleaner production processes, less need for long-distance transport of goods, more local jobs, and more money circulating locally instead of being sucked away by multinational companies.

What will the Greens do in Worcester?

Explore the links between the economy, energy and the environment

For more about our policies across all areas see the Green Party Policy Pages.


Green Party Meetings

All Green Party members are welcome to come along to our monthly meeting to discuss our plans for Worcester and Worcestershire.

Our next meeting starts at 7:30pm on Wednesday 19th January. Our monthly business meetings will now be online via Zoom. Please contact Nick Weeks by email if you would like to attend. If you need any help setting up Zoom, please get in touch.

For more information, contact Nick via email or telephone 07586 814499.