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Greens offer alternative to break deadlock of two party rule in Redditch

Ross Crawford 14th Jul, 2018

THE TOWN’S Green Party members say they are upping their game in a bid to end the ‘tit for tat’ politics in Redditch.

And with local elections now less than ten months away they say it is time the people of Redditch were offered a viable alternative to the two traditional parties.

“There are 55 Green councillors across the West Midlands and they see things in a slightly different way and bring a more creative approach to finding solutions,” said local representative Claire Davies.

“It’s not a case of them and us as we are more than happy to take a collaborative approach – and I think this is something Redditch is crying out for.”

Claire, a support worker at the Old Needle Works, uses the example of regeneration.

“We all want Redditch to be the best it can be and the only way that can be done is if we all sit down together like grown ups and work things out – it’s not about party politics, it’s about using the skills everyone can bring to the table.

“Have you seen the town centre from on high? Have you seen how much roof space there is? If we had solar panels there it really could be a sustainable regeneraiton,” she said.

The Greens have been steadily growing as a third voice in the town and their ideas and ability to ‘think outside the box’ have developed a growing following too.

“The bus service is an ongoing issue, we want a fully funded NHS and social care needs to be taken seriously because social services have been cut so much and for so long,” said the mother of four who stood in Crabbs Cross at the last election.

Traffic levels and pollution are also an issue, particularly around schools and with HGVs accessing the Eastern Gateway: “I’d like to see us open up a discussion with schools and residents,” she said. “What can be done to make life better?”

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