Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Green Party obtains Councillor in Thanet

The Green Party has acquired another principal authority councillor in Kent, after the success of Martin Whybrow in being elected to Kent County Council for Hythe in the recent County Elections.
Ian Driver, independent councillor for Northwood Ward on Thanet District Council, has joined the Green Party. Ian has a long experience of working for Citizens’ Advice and as a campaigner against Live Exports from Ramsgate and Dover. Ian will now be working with the Thanet branch of Kent Green Party to promote Green policies in Thanet.
Ian has already been a vigorous campaigner in Thanet, trying repeatedly to improve the quality of decision making on Thanet District Council, as his Blog makes clear: https://plus.google.com/112920699360246198166/posts
Ian says:
“I welcome the opportunity to join with the Green Party in promoting messages of hope in Thanet. Green policies(1) can deliver more employment than relentless austerity and declining incomes in over half of all households. The Green Party has repeatedly suggested two key initiatives for Thanet:
·       Moving a Government department from London to Thanet to change employment opportunities on the Isle permanently;
·       Converting the economically unsuccessful, noisy and polluting Manston Airport into an all-weather leisure development(2).

“Combining these with rational levels of spending on public services resulting from a fair system of taxation would reverse decades of economic difficulties in Thanet.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Councillor Ian Driver, 45 Sea View Road, Broadstairs CT10 1BX Email: ianddriver@yahoo.co.uk Phone: 07866 588766. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
1.      See Kent Green Party manifesto at www.kentgreenparty.org in the Manifesto section for many examples.
2.      Combined with the remarkably successful Turner Centre and the prospect of a revived Dreamland, Thanet’s tourism offer could be radically increased.

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