Members' Newsletter January 2022

Exeter Green Party - Meembers Newsletter

Our Target Wards & Candidates for 2022

As you may know, part of our electoral strategy, (along with all other local Green Parties), is to focus our election-winning efforts on a limited number of wards in the city. This year, we are working to win in five wards - a huge increase in fighting just one ward in 2019!

Exeter Target Wards for 2022

A big thank you to all the members who voted in our all-member ballot for target candidate selection. The new Executive is delighted to confirm the results:

St David's: Edred Wittingham
Newtown and St Leonard's: Andy Ketchin
Heavitree: Catherine Rees
Pennsylvania: Jack Vickers
Mincinglake and Whipton: Alex Holman

Want to see Green Councillors Elected in May 2022?

The ward campaigns have been in full swing since September and work intensifies the closer we get to May.

If you can spare just an hour a month to assist our election efforts, we have tasks to suit all levels of ability and interest. Please contact volunteers@exeter.greenparty.org.uk

More information on other city council wards to follow soon. If you are interested in standing as a 'paper candidate' - meaning standing in a ward where we are unlikely to win, but still giving people a chance to vote Green, please email volunteers@exeter.greenparty.org.uk to express your interest.

A new Exeter Green Party Constitution

Photo by Teodor Drobota on Unsplash

At the December AGM, members debated, amended and approved a new constitution for the local party. This constitution aims to streamline local decision-making and to support our efforts to win more council seats this May. The new constitution replaces the previous committee structure with 3 elected officers. These officers will now hold responsibility for all local operational decisions until the next AGM.

You can download the new constitution and draft AGM minutes as pdf at the links below:

Exeter Green Party AGM 13 Dec 2021 Minutes // bit.ly/3eWa8GW

Exeter Green Party Constitution as of 13 Dec 2021 // bit.ly/3q3Q7EW

Crucially, strategic decisions will remain subject to all-member ballots and members also have the right to 'call-in' decisions taken by our new officers.

The Executive has provisionally set the dates for key 2022 Members meetings, please save the dates. Locations and/or joining instructions will be shared ahead of all members meetings however if you wish to attend an Executive Committee meeting please notify us via  hello@exeter.greenparty.org.uk

Note that because this year’s AGM was subject to extreme delay, we will be holding our 2022 AGM in July, to get our cycle back on track.

Dates for your Diary

Date & Time Event
18th Jan 7:00pm Members' Meeting Number One. This will be an online meeting.
(Open to all Exeter Green Party members).
Zoom link
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4582449365
Meeting ID: 458 244 9365
26th Jan 7.00pm Executive Committee Meeting Number One
(Any member can attend, but cannot vote)
9th Mar 7.00pm Members' Meeting Number Two
24th Mar 7.00pm Executive Committee Meeting Number Two
7th Jun 7.00pm Executive Committee Meeting Number Three
6th Jul 7.00pm Members' Meeting Number Three (AGM)
12th Sep 7.00pm Executive Committee Meeting Number Four
13th Oct 7.00pm Members' Meeting Number Four
5th Dec 7.00pm Executive Committee Meeting Number Five

Donations & fundraising

Photo by Fabian Blank on Unsplash

Working in five target wards means we need healthy finances.

Last year, the individual donations from you, our members, was incredibly useful. We are so grateful for this support and our New Year ask is to beat that total in 2022.

If you can commit to a small regular donation, this is the most useful form of support.

Direct Debit

If you'd like to setup a Direct Debit, then visit our donate page (NB we are charged a small fee for Direct Debits).

Standing Order

If you prefer a Standing Order, please download and complete the form and send it to treasurer@exeter.greenparty.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can set it up yourself through your online banking (it is vital that you let our treasurer know by emailing treasurer@exeter.greenparty.org.uk with the details as we need to attribute all donations).

Enjoy Your Greens

Photo by Dose Juice on Unsplash

Here's some of what your two Green Councillors, Diana Moore and Amy Sparling have been doing.

Call for a Carbon Budget

As the COP26 Climate Conference took place in Glasgow, Diana and Amy demanded a clear demonstration that Exeter is on track to achieving its 2030 Net Zero carbon emissions goal.

As a result, in December, the Council backed their call for a city wide ‘carbon budget’ which will show a “baseline position for the city and the implications for carbon emissions in pursuing proposals set out in the Net Zero Plan.

Local Plan Development Based on 'Garden City' Principles

In response to a consultation on the new Local Plan they called for future developments to be properly based on ‘Garden City Principles’ including genuinely affordable housing, improvements to the natural environment, increasing biodiversity, and having strong cultural, recreational and shopping facilities within walking distance.

Supporting Small Business

Amy Sparling used Small Business Saturday to call on Exeter City Council to support small and independent businesses and social enterprises green their operations, improve employee welfare and make it easier for people to ‘shop local.’

St Bartholomew Survey

In their St David’s ward, Amy and Diana were joined by a team of residents to survey those living immediately around historic Bartholemew cemetery to find out views on tackling anti-social behaviour and improving nature in the site.

The survey revealed that many residents value the cemetery as a ‘wild place’, but that ongoing planned maintenance is needed to help it thrive and address anti-social behaviour.

Opposing Threats to Peaceful Protest

Peaceful protest has a long and proud history in Exeter and continues to flourish. But the Tory government’s draconian Police Bill threatens the right to protest.

Diana and Amy have written to both Ben Bradshaw and Council Leader Phil Bialyk urging them to voice opposition to the legislation and press Labour peers to vote against the Bill in the Lords, which would block it.

That's it for now.

We hope to see you at our upcoming meetings, do get in touch if you have questions or want to know more.

Stay safe, stay green and remember to volunteer and donate if you can!

Your Exeter Green Team.