Update on the refuse service and outline of recovery plan

The following communication has been passed to your local Green Councillors:

8th March

As promised here is an update on the service and to outline the recovery plan:

Whilst the thaw has been fast this afternoon, conditions this morning were really atrocious, and unfortunately collections have been significantly disrupted again today. As I said this morning, we were still working behind on collections due to the disruption last week, so clearly this has been a set-back to our recovery schedule.

With that in mind, we’ve taken the difficult decision to suspend green bin collections for the rest of the week, so that we can focus on the recovery of black bins. Feedback from Elected Members and the public (mainly via Social Media) has been that we should prioritise recovering missed black bins over scheduled green bin collections.

If all goes well this should get us to the position where the service can return to normal scheduled collections from Monday. It will also enable us to recover any black bins from last week that have still not been collected.

Key messages to the public are therefore:

  • If your black bin has been missed today, or last week, please leave it out for collection and we will empty it as soon as possible.
  • If your green bin has not been emptied, please put it away, and present it for collection on your next scheduled collection day with any extra recycling at the side of the bin.
  • Take your garden waste bin back in. The service is suspended until 12th March, and we will not be recovering collections so that we can concentrate on black bins.

These messages will be cascaded via Social Media, the website and Customer Services. Any help you can give us to get the message out would be welcomed.

I hope this is helpful.

Thanks,

Tom.

Tom Smith – Chief Officer (Waste Management) Leeds City Council

Latest news on refuse and recycling collections

The following communication has been passed to your local Councillors:

5th March 2018

A further brief update on the situation with refuse and recycling collections this morning.

The weather improved significantly on Saturday and yesterday which means that most residential streets are now accessible to our crews. Given the suspension of service last Thursday, the majority of the service is currently working one day behind on collections. We have some additional resources in place every day undertaking recovery and hope to have collections back on schedule by the end of the week.

Whilst we have recovered the vast majority of missed black bin collections from last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and many of the green bins, we unfortunately do not have enough staffing/vehicle resources available to undertake any further recovery collections from those days.

Key messages to residents are therefore:
· If your black or green bin was due on Wednesday 28th February, Thursday 1st March, or Friday 2nd March and has still not been emptied – please put it away and we will collect it on your next scheduled collection. We will take side waste at the next scheduled collection.
· We are currently working a day behind on scheduled collections since Saturday 3rd March, so please leave your black or green bins out.
· Take your garden waste bin back in. The service is suspended until 12th March, and we will not be recovering collections so that we can concentrate on black and green bins.

These messages will be cascaded via Social Media, the website and Customer Services. Any help you can give us to get the message out would be welcomed.

I hope this is helpful.

Thanks,

Tom Smith
Chief Officer (Waste Management)
Leeds City Council

Our Green Guarantee

This is the Green Guarantee: A set of commitments that Green MPs will deliver to create a confident and caring Britain.Our Green Guarantee

The Green Party has big, bold ideas to create a confident and caring Britain that we can all be proud of. We aren’t afraid to hope for a better future or to be honest about how we get there. We believe in being brave, in speaking our minds, and in standing up for what matters. We are proud to do politics differently.

Imagine a government that trusts in our common humanity and our capacity to govern ourselves. Imagine a government that believes that the best way forward is by working with each other, rather than against each other. Imagine a government that prioritises the rights of citizens and the environment over those of corporations. Imagine a government that gives everyone a chance and leaves nobody behind in a confident and caring Britain. That’s the kind of government we would work for.

This is what Green MPs promise to do for you and the people and places that you love.

-We will campaign for your right to vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal, including an option to stay in the EU.
-We will push for genuinely affordable, warm homes for everyone and a public health system free for all.
-We will fight for equality, and for a society where nobody is left behind.
-We will always act strongly on climate change and to protect the natural world we love.
-We will stand up for what matters. This is our Green Guarantee to you.

The Green Guarantee contains 10 key pledges:

  • An economy for everyone
  • Protecting our environment
  • Membership of the EU
  • A truly public NHS
  • Education for all
  • Our promise to young people
  • Safe, secure, and affordable homes
  • A safer world
  • A citizen’s democracy
  • A people’s transport system

Read the The Green Guarantee in full

The Green Party’s Environment Manifesto – Key Policies


A LONG-TERM GOAL FOR NATURE

The Green Party will push for a new Act of Parliament to protect important EU regulations, and enshrine long-term goals for the environment into law. With almost 60% of species in the UK in long-term decline, and 15% are at risk of disappearing altogether, the need for a generational plan to restore our natural world is clearer than ever.

  • A Green Guarantee in Brexit negotiations and Trade Deals to ensure that all EU-derived legislation, including the Precautionary and Polluter-Pays principles, are maintained and strengthened.
  • Create a new Office for Environmental Protection and an Environmental Court that would monitor and enforce new long-term goals for biodiversity, water and air quality.
  • Build a network of inter-linking local ecological spaces on both land and sea, ensuring that both our wildest places and urban green spaces are protected and allowed to flourish.
  • Establish a right for every person in the UK to have access to a healthy and safe green space promoting good mental health, physical exercise, and building community.

INNOVATE AND INVEST IN THE LOW-CARBON ECONOMY

Our energy system is broken and is not delivering what households and businesses need – fuelled by dirty energy that belongs in the past, it is failing us both as customers and as citizens. The Green Party will harness the dramatically falling costs of renewable energy, and reverse the uncertainty created by years of government neglect.

  • Create a new Green Investment and Innovation Centre with borrowing powers to  finance the transition to a zero-carbon economy, creating a government owned hub for innovation and investment in our low-carbon economy. Without decisive action, investment in renewable energy is set to drop by 95% over next two years.
  • Keep fossil fuels where they belong: in the ground. We will introduce a ban on fracking, phase-out the £6bn-a-year fossil fuel subsidies, bring forward the coal phaseout date to 2023 (at the latest), divest public funds from the fossil fuel industry, and ensure a just transition for those communities dependent on fossil fuel jobs.

TAKE BACK CONTROL OF OUR ENERGY SYSTEM

  • End the monopoly of the Big Six by building democratic, locally owned alternatives – reaching at least 42 gigawatts by 2025. We will require grid operators to give priority access to community energy projects, and pioneer a new Community Energy Toolkit to empower local communities to create energy and municipal heating projects in every town and city.
  • Democratise energy ownership by reforming tax-relief for smaller-scale projects, introducing Green ISAs, promoting Green Bonds by allowing tax-free bonds for green projects, and issuing government backed Green Bonds.
  • Introduce progressive energy tariffs so that small consumers pay less per unit than large ones, special needs are recognised, people are not cut off when they can’t afford to pay, and nobody is forced to have pre-payment meters.

Green Party Election Broadcasts show a different better way

Politics doesn’t have to be how it is as our latest election broadcasts show. For a different, fairer way look to the Green Party…

Green Party General Election Broadcast for 8th June 2017 – Change The Game

 Election Broadcast 2017

 

Green Party General Election Priorities

We get that right now the world seems a pretty scary place. And what makes it worse is the feeling we all have that events are completely out of our control.

We get that. We get that politics is off-putting. We get that voting sometimes seems pointless and that it’s not always easy to tell one politician from the next.

And we understand that after you’ve been told you can’t change anything about politics well, you’re going to start believing it.

At times like these we have to dig deep.

The Green Party is the only party committed to stepping outside that box with the “Old Politics” sign on it.

The moment the election was announced we reached out to other progressive parties and asked to talk about an alliance that could prevent the Conservatives being returned to power. Stuck with a vision of a political reality that no longer exists, that invitation was rejected.

We were disappointed but not deterred. We don’t believe in playing games. We believe that progress, prosperity, and people’s rights are more important than party politics. Our values are what drive us and guide us.

Which means that at this election – in fact, at any election – if you vote Green you know what you are getting.

Our Co-Leader Caroline Lucas has, on multiple occasions, been named MP of the year. Jonathan Bartley stood with residents of his home borough of Lambeth and stopped the demolition of an historic social housing estate. Our Assembly Members in London introduced the first living wage. Our MEPs secured the introduction of a Europe-wide cap on bankers’ bonuses following the financial crash. Our councillors in Sheffield took the courageous step of increasing council tax in order to pay for increased support for the poorest 30,000 families in the city.

So while the government is convinced that it’s either May’s way or the highway, we want Britain to take a new direction.

We want to create a confident and caring Britain. One that spends its wealth on our health; that inspires children, supports students, and listens to parents; that stands by teachers; and stands up for what it believes in.

If you share that vision, please vote for us on June 8th and together we will change politics and change Britain.

  • Stand up for renters
  • Stand up for our NHS
  • Stand up for young people
  • Stand up for our rights
  • Stand up for our environment

Read about our election priorities in more detail here:

 Green Party General Election Priorities

Green Party candidate secures best ever result in Leeds West

Andrew (left) at the count

Andrew (left) at the declaration of the result

In the 2015 General Electcion Andrew Pointon, the Green Party candidate for Leeds West, returned the best ever result the party had achieved in the constituency. Andrew polled 3,217 votes (8.4%) and finished fourth. David Blackburn had previously polled the highest Leeds West Green tally in 2001 with 2,573 votes (8%). Labour’s Rachel Reeves was re-elected as the MP for Leeds West.

Andrew said of the result:

“Today is a day of mixed emotions. I was proud to stand as the Green candidate in Leeds West, and I am very pleased to have achieved the best result the Greens have managed in Leeds West. It is great to be able to see Green Party policies becoming attractive to more people in this area. Nationally the Green Party has made advancements and it was wonderful to see Caroline Lucas deservedly re-elected in Brighton Pavilion with an increased majority. But my personal satisfaction is somewhat negated by the return of a Conservative majority government which I fear will be disastrous for this country. That result makes it more essential that the Green Party continues to grow in influence to stand up for people and planet alike. 

I would like to thank all the people of Leeds West who voted for me, and contacted me during the campaign. I would also like to thank all the people that helped me, especially the local council candidates whose work in the four wards no doubt increased the vote I received. I’d like to thank my agent Nick, but most of all my wonderful wife Tina who put up with hardly seeing me over the last year as I was out campaigning.”

The full results for Leeds West follow below:

Surname Forename Votes Elected Description
COYLE Laura 1495 Liberal Democrats
MAYOR Ben 205 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
MURGATROYD Anne 7104 UK Independence Party (UKIP)
PIERRE-TRAVES Alex 7729 The Conservative Party
POINTON Andrew Mark 3217 Green Party
REEVES Rachel Jane 18456 ELECTED Labour Party
WEST Matthew Graeme 217 Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol
Andrew listens to the victor's speech after the announcement of the result

Andrew listens to the victor’s speech after the announcement of the result of the Leeds West poll