Herts CPRE urges local government candidates to 'stand up' for the countryside
CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Hertfordshire has launched a manifesto calling on local election candidates of all parties to support the rights of all people to enjoy a countryside that promotes a healthier economy and a happier community.
The manifesto, Stand Up For Our Local Countryside, calls on all parties to commit to better policies that support thriving and empowered communities, make use of land efficiently, and address the grave threats posed by climate change.
CPRE’s manifesto asks prospective councillors, if elected, to support policies which support the countryside locally that address:
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.
Protecting the Green Belt.
CPRE Hertfordshire representative Richard Bullen said: "The beauty of England’s countryside is a world-famous national treasure. It is an essential place for our health and wellbeing, which provides boundless benefits. But as short-term economic needs dominate the political agenda, our countryside is too often put under pressure. The next few years will be critical to ensure that we provide the new houses and infrastructure local people desperately need, whilst safeguarding our beautiful, thriving landscape for all to enjoy.
“Finding solutions to regenerate urban areas, build the affordable homes people need and tackle climate change goes beyond politics. That is why today we call on candidates of all parties to act to promote, enhance and protect the beautiful and unique landscape of Herts. We encourage all members of the community to write to their candidates urging them to support the manifesto put forward by CPRE.”