Local elections matter!

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All Kent’s local boroughs and districts, as well as Medway Council, will be holding elections on May 2nd 2019.

Local authorities control many of the decisions that we care passionately about in CPRE. We depend on their decisions to keep our towns and villages vibrant, to ensure that there are homes that people can afford to live in, and to make sure that services like public transport and waste collection and recycling are effective and efficient. That is why it is so important to get out and vote, and to make your voice heard on May 2nd! Whatever their political colour, the decisions made by your local councillors are important for your local community.

To find out what local council you live in, go here: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
To find out where your polling station is, go here: https://wheredoivote.co.uk/
To find out who the candidates are, go here: https://whocanivotefor.co.uk/

In the run up to election time, you can contact your local candidates and let them know the most important things to you and ask that they reflect this in their election promises. One of the easiest ways to engage with your candidates is to send them an email or a letter. You should be able to find their email and postal addresses using the links above.

We have drafted an email/letter that you could send them – see here.  Our manifesto, Stand up for our local countryside, can be found here if you would like to include it. And you can see our short video here: https://www.cpre.org.uk/magazine/features/item/5097-how-to-make-a-difference-in-the-local-elections

In line with the manifesto, we ask you to think about supporting the policies which support Kent’s countryside in the following ways:

  • Best use of land – respecting the constraints of designated landscapes, making use of brownfield sites and prioritising sustainable, public transport.
  • Thriving rural communities – getting the local council building more homes for social rent and prioritising local housing need over market demand.
  • Empowered communities – championing and upholding the voice of local people through the planning system
  • An Enjoyable Countryside – developing light pollution policies and encouraging outreach and engagement programmes to provide equal access to the countryside.
  • Climate Change and the countryside – setting a local authority climate change strategy and embedding climate change into all local policy areas.

You have the chance to make your voice heard on May 2nd; don’t miss it.