Atmospheric level of carbon dioxide and other green-house gases will cause significant climate change in the coming years, with many serious impacts. There is much that Hounslow can do to reduce its emissions and when elected the Green Party will:
- reduce Hounslow’s carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2025
- insist on Passivhaus or equivalent energy saving building standards for all new build, both residential and non-domestic
- insist on the use of Enerphit or equivalent energy saving building standards for all major refurbishments, both residential and non-domestic
- sign up Hounslow council to the Local Government Association initiative “Climate Local”
- support the use of electricity generated locally, by renewable resources by individuals, community and municipal companies and phased withdrawal of use of natural gas. Local renewable energy might include hydro-electric energy from the River Thames.
- support initiatives within Hounslow where policies to address climate change confer additional benefits such as positive health outcomes, economic opportunities, training and building skills, for example, the CS9 cycle route.
Local Planning and the Built Environment
Planning decisions affect many generations to come. We will protect our precious green spaces in Hounslow and ensure that any development is balanced with the necessary infrastructure.
- protect and enhance Green Belt, Metropolitan Open Land and Open Space to maintain its openness, quality and permanence.
- impose a moratorium on further development of Brentford, which is a focus for housing growth in the borough, until local infrastructure issues such as transport, doctor’s surgeries and schools and air pollution have been addressed.
- provide mixed housing developments of at least 40% social rented housing. A further 10% will have rents based on the ability to pay for those on minimum wage. All
- housing developments will be designed so they are fully accessible to people with disabilities or impaired mobility where topographical or other significant constraints do not prevent this.
- support London being a National Park city.
- oppose any parkland or nature reserves in Hounslow being put into any other use.
- ensure that trees are replaced in public places. If a tree needs to be removed, at least one tree, and ideally two, shall replace it.
- promote public spaces and buildings that are fully accessible to people with disabilities and impaired mobility including access by wheel chairs, mobility scooters and prams
- increase green areas in Hounslow of 10% by 2030.
- We support the local Hounslow manifesto for Parks.
Air pollution kills over 100 people in the Borough annually and causes many respiratory illnesses. It is a basic human right to breathe fresh air.
When elected we will:
- take urgent action to address air pollution and take measures to bring air quality within EU and WHO guidelines
- decrease air pollution specifically by reducing vehicle use and increasing public transport, cycling and walking
- assist the London mayor in implementing Clean Air London’s policies.
- demand that the The Ultra Low Emission Zone is extended to include the whole of the borough of Hounslow meaning that a toxicity charge ‘T Charge’ is imposed on older high-polluting vehicles
- build public understanding of air pollution with advice for people on protecting themselves and reducing pollution for themselves and others.
We will fight Heathrow expansion. We will make it easier to get around by bike and foot, and improve public transport.
When elected we will:
- oppose a third runway at Heathrow airport
- oppose more terminals at Heathrow airport
- oppose night flights at Heathrow airport (10pm to 6am)
- support runway alternation without exceptions except emergencies. This provides respite to residents.
- limit in noise levels from aircraft in line with WHO guidelines (50 dB LAeq 16 hours noise contour) to avoid moderate annoyance in outdoor living areas.
- work with Transport for London to build the Cycle Super Highway 9 linking the town centre of Hounslow, Brentford and Chiswick by bicycle, including an upgrade to cycling along Chiswick High Road
- we will improve the safety and accessibility of the cycle lane running along the A4 through Brentford and Hounslow
- provide a network of connected green and open spaces and quiet ways for cycling and walking between town centres in the borough and safer routes to schools. Cyclists and walkers take priority over cars.
- improve secure cycle parking at stations and other areas where they are in short supply.
- enforce restrictions on dangerous parking at junctions and on cycle ways that puts pedestrian and cyclists lives at risk.
- support a rail link from cross rail at Southall to Brentford by 2021.
- support a rail link from Hounslow via Brentford to Willesden Junction by 2021.
- lobby for more frequent Sunday services on the Hounslow to Waterloo line.
- enforce speed limits of 20 mph in residential streets in Hounslow and main roads used by pedestrians, such as the A316 outside Chiswick Community School.
- provide charging points for electric vehicles in off-road parking locations and for the use of electric car clubs.
- improve bus services along the Golden Mile Brentford.
Green Party Hounslow Manifesto: hounslow.greenparty.org.uk/elections1/local-manifesto.html