Hope Not Hate, a London-based charity, canvassed local residents and community organisations to establish the following questions to the candidates in this ward.
How will you improve the social infrastructure on Alpha Road Estate?
"Before discussing potential improvements to something as complex as social infrastructure, it’s critical that those living on the Alpha Road Estate are consulted fully on what changes they would like see and what their problems are.
"Only local people understand the history, culture and behaviour of local people. They are in the best position to know what will build a sense of community, social cohesion and Alpha Road Unity. It is only local people who will know what will, and will not work, on Alpha Road.
"That is why we will closely follow the needs of Residents Associations and local community based groups. They will be supported in producing and promoting their own Neighbourhood plan, which should be enacted upon by the Council
"On establishing a strategy for change supported by the residents, the Council needs to establish budgets, along with help from other agencies to deliver needed change."
How will you ensure there is a council-run and government-funded advice service which will help EU nationals register for settled status? And will you pledge your support for EU nationals to keep their right to vote after 29 March 2019
"The Green Party believes that anyone with settled status should have the right to vote in this Country on and after we leave the EU. Support and advice to help EU nationals register for this should be part of the funded advice services provided by the Council or one of its partners / agencies."
Should 16 years olds have the right to vote? Please elaborate on your answer.
"Yes 16 year olds should have the right to vote.
"The Green Party believes that young people must have the right to participate in our democracy along with the rest of the adult community to help determine the policies and direction of Government that affects their lives.
"16 year olds can have a full time job, pay tax, join the military and die for their country, so why shouldn’t they be allowed vote too?
"16 year olds can vote in the Scottish Parliamentary and local elections and the Welsh Assembly is looking at doing the same for local elections there. The Green Party would do the same in Kingston and in England."
You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Kate Whitmarsh may be appearing.
(Past event) Tuesday 24 April 2018 18:00–20:00: Local Election Hustings for Business, Kingston College LRC, 11th Floor, Kingston Hall Road KT1 2AQ.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2018: The Kingston upon Thames local election, as the Green Party candidate for the Berrylands
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