Havant is aware

Last night I attended a public meeting on Fracking. Now for those of you who don’t know what fracking is here is a brief description for you:

Fracking or hydraulic fracturing enables natural gas extraction from shale plays that were once unreachable with conventional technologies.

(From http://www.what-is-fracking.com)

It was a very good meeting, with a very impressive turnout. Councillor Ray Bolton made an appearance and so did the aide of David Willetts (who was busy in the Commons with the Syria debate). 

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Ray Bolton speaking to the meeting.

I had heard from many people the case for and against Fracking, and I feel that the case against is definitely stronger. Why? Primarily because I have seen evidence (much like the same way the government had seen ‘evidence against the Assad regime’ on YouTube) of people in America turning their taps on and being able to set fire to the methane that comes out of the taps.

Multiple sites across the UK have been confirmed, one being along the M27 (Towards Cosham and Portsmouth) and so I believe that it is right that we should inform the local residents of areas that would be affected by fracking about the dangers.

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Local resident of Balcombe speaks about the dangers of fracking and how the residents of Balcombe feel about it

The meeting had several key speakers, many of whom had been/come from Balcombe. They all had interesting and very informative things to say, many of which did wash very well with many of the people attending the meeting. A man there who asked the Councillor about his views on fracking was most displeased when the councillor failed to give a direct answer, soon after the councillor attempted to leave but when a resident of the local areas had said that she wanted to ask him a question, the aide of the local MP ran out to go and grab the departing councillor.  

The councillor came back in soon after being told that there was someone who had came to talk to him directly about fracking. After the councillor (yet again) failed to give a direct answer to how he would properly deal with the situation, he soon left, and she warned him the people “will rise up”. Very inspirational woman and I have the upmost respect for her.

As the meeting drew to a close, local residents I spoke had some really interesting things to talk about. One person said her family had been working with water for generations, and that her father used to tell her off for wasting water, and hearing about how fracking could contaminate the water supply only sent alarm bells for her – and clearly she wasn’t the only one!

The Green Party has always condemned fracking, with Caroline Lucas being arrested at Balcombe and various other Green Party people, it’s so obvious that there are people around who do care about the issues and are willing to properly stand up for them, even after they are given a position of some power.

I just think, there’s got to be a better way than Fracking, something renewable is better than this.

Thank you for reading,

Miles Grindey

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Terry Mitchell (left), Me, and Tim Dawes (right)

 

 

Lee-on-Solent Big Beach Clean

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the “Big Summer Community Beach Clean” at Lee-on-Solent. The whole idea of this event was to bring the community together to make the beach cleaner and a much safer place to visit, not just for us but for the wildlife in the area. I was contacted by Graham Smith about a week or so beforehand about the event and I made it my personal obligation to attend and help out. 

Squeaky Clean

Mission Accomplished.

There was a fantastic turnout, with support from members of the Fire Brigade showing up, some local artists, charities, the local resident’s association, local artists and the Marine Conservation Society.  Seeing how much we made a difference that day reinforced the idea that the same sort of event can be done in Warsash. 

When I went out to do my part in this anti-litter campaign, I was astonished to find (opposite a playground to be precise) broken lightbulbs. I could only imagine the horror of any parent whose child stepped on any of these unnecessary hazards, so I made it my duty to make sure that this was placed in my plastic bag to be binned appropriately.

At any events like these people need to be both optimistic and enthusiastic about their part in cleaning up damage that careless individuals do to areas frequently visited by the public, and fortunately we had our secret weapon to get the community motivated, Manuela. If we had more people like her we could certainly drive a change around Britain. Not only would our streets be clean and litter free, but I can certainly see people being listened to and fairly represented.

At Lee-on-Solent

Exhibit A.

If there was one thing that can be taken away from this it is this:

“Find a bin, put it in”

Thanks for reading,

 

Miles Grindey

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The base has been set

It has been over a week and I am obviously disappointed about the result but I am grateful for the opportunity and the chance to represent The Green Party in this election, my congratulations go to Keith Evans.  I almost didn’t make it to the polls, campaigning can be more dangerous than I thought!

Thank you though, to everyone who supported me and worked tirelessly in my campaign (which includes the staff at QA Hospital on D6 Ward who got me back in time for the election) and thank you to those who did vote for me.  I spoke to many people and I am thankful that they were very kind to me and they took the time to speak about what they felt would be good for their community.

Rest assured this will not deter me from running in elections again, and I look forward to next year when I hope to be running again for The Green Party. 

Thank you very much.

 

Miles Grindey.

Gain, Green and Grindey

It is currently two days till the Local Elections, I’ve had some leaflets printed and I’ve been knocking on a few doors. It’s been a great experience so far speaking to people about the local issues. The reception from people towards me and The Green Party has been positive and people are pleased that someone new is running to represent the community.

The Leaflets

 

The reason why I am running is because I, like so many people I’ve come across, are frustrated with the fact that national politics are invading the local issues and the local people just aren’t getting heard with these issues. 

The people of Warsash and Locks Heath (Fareham Warsash Division) have a right to be heard, they have a right to have their views put across in a council meeting. My conviction is that the local issues matter as well, and that at a local election they shouldn’t be shadowed by national issues. One example was one person who told me she has to walk a one and a half miles to get a couple of buses to reach her local surgery, and she wasn’t the only one who raised concern about public transport. I attended a Western Wards Community Action Team (CAT) meeting back in March, and many people spoke about how they wanted better public transport links.  

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The Green Party believes that by having better public transport links, not only will it reduce air pollution – but it will reduce congestion. Unlike other parties, The Green Party values local issues as well as national ones. We believe that at times of Local Elections, the local issues are the ones that matter the most.

I believe that we can make a difference, and I need you to make this happen.

Thanks for reading,

Miles Grindey

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