Air pollution in Southampton – challenges and solutions

This post originally appeared on Southampton & District Green Party Website, 15/02/16
Air pollution is a major problem in Southampton, and we are in the top 10 polluted cities in the UK. It is estimated that at least 100 people in the city die each year from the effects of air pollution.  For many years air pollution laws have been breached in Southampton. The worst conditions occur on days when there is full sun, little wind and high pressure, since these allow the sun to cause a chemical reaction resulting in ozone at ground level. Ozone high in the atmosphere protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays – but ozone at ground level is a corrosive chemical which attacks soft tissue in the lungs to cause inflammation. Continue reading

Reflections on the housing crisis

Written by Paul Griseri, Fareham and Gosport Green Party

Weston-tower-blocksHousing has been in the news across the country recently in one form or another. Whether it be the bedroom tax, the housing and planning bill, right to buy, poor living conditions, or building yet more homes on land which is unsuitable. In this article I look through a few of these issues, and reflect on what they mean after the release of a report by the committees and local government committee today. Continue reading

Rail fares – a letter to Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond

Written by Kylie Barton, Portsmouth Green Party

Caroline Lucas’s Railways Bill – a Private Member’s Bill (PMB) presented to Parliament for the first time in June 2015 is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 22 January. The Bill provides for the rail network to be brought back into public ownership step by step, with franchises reverting to control by a public body either when they fail, or when their contract expires.

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Millers Hedge End – Gone too far?

Written by Caitlin Greenwood, Hedge End, Southampton and District Green Party

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“I do realize that it’s on the edge but I have taken it to the edge to get the desired result, and that is none other than to get this talked about.”  66-year-old Mr. Miller said when asked by the Daily Echo why he put up such a controversial sign on the side of his home in Hedge End

But has it gone too far…

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Launching Hampshire Greens

Written by Peter Handley, Portsmouth Greens

On Saturday, 7th November, Hampshire Greens held their inaugural event to encourage cross county initiatives and coordinate on local issues. I was live tweeting on the @HampshireGreens account for the day and have written up my coverage of the event here.

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