Dartford and Gravesham Meeting Minutes – 13th March 2016

By   March 21, 2016

Dartford and Gravesham Green Party monthly meeting minutes

The local branch met on the 13th march at the Rum Puncheon. The full minutes are available here (login required).

Officer updates

  • Andy Blatchford (chair) and Marna Gilligan (Campaigns) attended the national party conference in February in Harrogate.
  • Two articles have been published in local newspapers (response to Jeremy Corbyn’s ascendancy in the Labour Party in Gravesend Messenger and an opinion piece about the EU in the Darford Messenger)

 

Thames Crossing

The subject of much of the meeting was the newly-proposed Thames Crossing.

Our position remains unchanged:

Our policy (decided at the meeting after debate) is that we reject​both proposals (Dartford or Gravesham to be the Southern terminus of the new bridge/tunnel), and favour instead ways to decrease the amount of traffic needing to cross the Thames in the first place. Ideas include levying freight coming into Dover to encourage other ports in the UK (Felixstowe, Tilbury) closer to eventual destination to be used, investigating air quality concerns around Dartford, and crucially investing the rail network to encourage more freight to use that medium.

This position will be expressed in the form of a letter for local and national newspapers to print.

We encourage everyone to fill in the consultation document, and for a “guide” to be published on the website.

 

Next meeting/social

Next social will be  Wednesday 4th May at China Garden in Gravesend.

Next monthly meeting will be Sunday 3rdth April, 4pm at the Rum Punchoen.

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