Spent the early morning yesterday in Otmoor being interviewed by the BBC about our policies on farming, food standards and stewardship of the land. Lots to say on this, but as always happens with these things, a 10-minute interview gets condensed into a 10-second comment!
On the way back we passed several signs on field gates warning about how the area is under threat from the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway. As someone who’s been involved in the campaign to stop this ridiculous and unnecessary development I thought I’d add a few more comments by way of a video and also expand a bit on what the Green Party would do to protect our vital green spaces.
This is something I’ve been involved with for a number of years now, right across the county, trying to combat the epidemic of projects that want to destroy these areas in the name of profit and greed.
Yes we need housing, but it has to be the right housing in the right places. Building on green belt will never be viable in terms of affordable housing as the land is so expensive. Developers build in a set level of profitability, usually a staggering 20%! That means that removing protection from green spaces like these just increases the number of high value, unaffordable houses being built.
Not only that, concreting over green spaces means they can no longer lock up the carbon that we need to reduce in our environment, and they also increase the likelihood of flooding as they can no longer absorb the increased level of rain we’re getting as the climate patterns shift.
The Conservatives back all these projects because they are there to help wealthy landowners, developers and investors make a fat profit out of our rural heritage. As your MP I would resist all these projects, just as I now resist them as a District and Parish Councillor.
Greens CAN WIN
As we’ve just seen in Wallingford, where another Green councillor has just been elected to the county council, Greens CAN WIN and we WILL WIN if people get out and give us their vote. Even if I don’t win in Banbury, a significant increase in the Green vote there will send a strong message to government that we demand change. An increased Green vote will be a visible signal of that, whereas another ‘heroic defeat’ for the other parties will get lost in the usual fog of post-election reporting.
Now more than ever we need a strong Green voice, for the environment, for our future and for our children’s future. Please vote Green on December 12th.