Blog - local party members' views

We all deserve affordable, safe and secure homes

15 March 2019

Tonbridge needs genuinely affordable homes but that requires radical change to the way we think about housing argues April Clark.

Rethinking transport for Tonbridge

06 February 2019

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council missed an opportunity to improve the High Street environment by routing traffic away from it. Now some innovative thinking is needed to ensure congestion is tackled, public transport is affordable and the town centre doesn't decline.

Looking ahead to positive change, globally and locally

09 January 2019

From the global to the local there have been environmental successes but challenges remain. Sustainability needs to be at the heart of decision making says Mark Hood.

Time to end the one-party state

19 December 2018

One party dominance of local government is bad for democracy argues Mark Hood and the "cabinet" system just makes things worse. The Green Party would bring in new voices, open up decision making and eliminate the secrecy around "commercial" deals.

Fighting for air

20 November 2018

The draft Local Plan identifies areas for development, which will lead to more traffic, creating even more air pollution. Assessment of many of the proposed sites mentions the fact that they will have a negative impact on the High Street AQMA.

Planning doesn't have to be like this

25 July 2018

Planning should be an open and transparent process, involving all those who make up a community. Unfortunately, this is not the way Tonbridge & Malling's local plan is being developed. The planning system is broken and incapable of delivering the homes we need, says Howard Porter

Is anyone really listening?

02 July 2018

Genuine, transparent consultation is to be welcomed and can change public policy for the better but that's not always what we get, says Richard Byatt

"Women's work" is undervalued

07 March 2018

Tonbridge & Malling Green Party Secretary Fran Long says society undervalues so-called "women's work", especially caring, and looks to a future where these roles are properly appreciated and rewarded.

How green is this government?

10 February 2018

Recent comments by Michael Gove, speeches by Theresa May and the publication of 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment' might indicate a greening of the Tory party or have they just bought a very large tin of greenwash?

Can we live without plastic?

07 February 2018

Howard Porter, chair of Tonbridge & Malling Green Party, examines the problem of plastic and argues it should be treated as a precious resource not a throwaway commodity.

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