Dartford and Gravesham Meeting Minutes – 23rd June 2016

By   July 10, 2016

Dartford and Gravesham Green Party monthly meeting minutes

The local branch met on the 23rd June at the Rum Puncheon. The full minutes are available here (login required).

Officer updates

  • We have had a mini Green Surge during the run up to the EU referendum with our membership base increasing by around 10%!
  • Current campaigns include:
    • Thames Crossing
    • Air Quality
    • Gravesend Heritage Quarter
    • Crossrail
  • Speaker series has started, a session on Positive Money planned for September.

Thames Crossing

We agreed to await the results of the consultation and present our response to that when it’s out. In the meantime, 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.

Next meeting/social

Next social will be in August (venue/exact date TBD).

Next monthly meeting will be in August (venue/exact date TBD).

Please keep an eye on the website for more details.

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