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:
To achieve our objectives we will:
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.
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 17th February. 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.