Policies for 2019 Council Elections

2 May 2019

MILTON KEYNES GREEN PARTY - Policies for 2019 Council Elections

The Green Party: for the common good

  • A green economy that works for all
  • Protecting our environment
  • Membership of the EU
  • Our NHS and public services
  • Education for all
  • A positive future for young people
  • Decent homes
  • A safer world
  • A people's democracy
  • A people's transport system


Climate Emergency and Environment

We will encourage:

  • Carbon neutral housing
  • Rainwater harvesting, grey water systems
  • Community energy, solar panels
  • Generating more electricity locally from renewable sources, including solar and wind power
  • Solar panels on all suitable council owned buildings
  • Community owned energy company
  • Provide better insulation for every dwelling in Milton Keynes over the next five years to reduce energy consumption and energy bills
  • Reduce waste and encourage and support recycling
  • More public transport, promote electric vehicle use, including buses and taxis, no new major roads to reduce air pollution
  • Council to procure its electricity from renewable sources
  • Protecting wildlife habitats and enhancing biodiversity

Housing and planning


  • Provide more affordable social housing to reduce waiting lists and homelessness
  • Zpods (zero energy prefabricated dwellings) over car parks
  • Push for more secure tenancies for renters and smart controls to stabilise rents
  • Protect greenfield sites around MK from building development
  • Oppose government plans for 1 million more houses in CAMKOX (Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford) arc
  • Insist that any enlargement of MK is matched by supporting infrastructure, such as schools, surgeries, dentists, transport, green spaces
  • Provide land for local food production
  • Electric car charge points in new build housing



  • Provide more bus services, including more evening and weekend services, and better facilities for bus users
  • More bus lanes and other bus priority measures for faster and more punctual and reliable services
  • Make roads safer by introducing 20mph speed limits in residential areas and reducing speed limits on grid roads
  • Promote more people cycling in MK and properly maintain the Redways to increase confidence in their use
  • New estates to have Redways accessed by bridges and underpasses
  • Support East West Rail from MKC to both Oxford and Cambridge and oppose the East West Expressway through Milton Keynes
  • Encourage more children and parents to walk or cycle to school to decrease problems with parking outside schools and make children healthier.
  • Stop engine idling outside schools

Young people and Health


  • Children should be able to attend the nearest school to their home
  • Offer to provide a free lunch in all state schools every school day to every pupil
  • Improve public health by more information about diet and exercise Provide more youth services
  • Support MK University
  • Give more support to services countering domestic abuse, forced marriage and FGM
  • Provide mental health support for young people, including positive activities to aid mental health such as sports, arts, clubs, access to outdoor spaces, and facilities



  • Protect public services that are under threat from the government’s austerity programme
  • Challenge the reduction in central government funding for MKC which has led to cuts in services
  • Oppose privatisation of NHS and fund it properly
  • Protect schools, libraries, post offices and other local services from cuts, closures and privatisation
  • Fight for social justice, offering support and advice to those who are being affected by benefit cuts and Universal Credit
  • Continue to fight for equal rights for disadvantaged and minority groups
  • Support the voluntary sector
  • Encourage Grassroots/local democracy
  • Encourage and support MK's thriving arts scene and seek to protect live performance venues from threats of closure due to nearby developments



  • Support smaller, local businesses and a growing localised economy
  • Encourage local employers and council contractors to pay the Living Wage
  • Champion local food production and farmers markets.
  • We oppose Brexit and support a Peoples Vote (confirmation referendum) and want the UK to remain in the EU
  • Whatever the outcome of the Brexit debate
  • We want to protect citizens rights and the MK economy

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Your Local Greens


Catherine Rose

Membership officer

Sue Payne


Vanessa Skelton

Press officer

Alan Francis

South-East policy officer

Alan Francis

Election returning officer (internal to Green Party)

Dr Peter Skelton

Election returning officer for MK elections

Dr Gill Kirkup

Campaign manager

Dr Gill Kirkup

Campaign organiser

Andrew Tinson

Social Media officer

Dan Rowland

Events coordinator

Dan Rowland

Website officers

Colin Weaving and Andrew Tinson


Membership secretary

Deputy election returning officer

Second nominating officer/Election agent