Our manifesto for local elections on 6th May

4th May 2021

With the 2021 local elections fast approaching, now is the time to ask those who aspire to be our councillors what they will do to protect, promote and enhance the countryside if they are elected on 6 May.

The beauty of Gloucestershire’s countryside is a local treasure and is a shared resource for all, irrespective of ownership, ability or background. The countryside has also been repeatedly shown to provide a wide range of social, environmental and health benefits. This was never more evident than during the recent lockdowns when our local green spaces became even more essential to our mental and physical wellbeing. The next few years will be critical to ensuring that we provide the new homes and infrastructure our communities so desperately need. However, this need not come at the expense of our beautiful, living landscape.

For this reason, we have produced a manifesto, which identifies four priority areas where local councillors can promote countryside solutions to the climate emergency, create a planning system that works for people, nature and the environment, develop a comprehensive bus network for rural communities and call on central government to introduce an ‘all-in’ Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers.

See here for our manifesto and I would encourage you to raise these issues with candidates if you are canvassed for your vote or attend any virtual hustings events.

You might also consider contacting the candidates themselves, including via social media, to raise these issues and encourage others to think about how we promote, protect and enhance our countryside when they cast their vote on Thursday 6 May.