PROGRESS FOR ANYTOWN DISTRICT

Forward-thinking development that ensures the environment is resilient and able to absorb the demands we place on it – ‘Smart-growth’ – is the way forward to make meaningful progress.

To do this we need to unlock brownfield land and link sustainable transport with the regeneration of towns and villages as healthy, distinctive, vibrant places to live and work.

We want to see places created that will be a joy to live in and visit now and in the future.

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NHS TO REMAIN A PUBLIC SERVICE

Health and health care are basic human rights, not marketable commodities and The NHS was created out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. When it was launched by the then minister of health, Aneurin Bevan, on July 5 1948, it was based on three core principles:

  • that it meet the needs of everyone
  • that it be free at the point of delivery
  • that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay

These three principles have guided the development of the NHS over more than 60 years but we believe these core principles are best expressed in a Publicly Funded, Publicly Provided and Publicly Accountable NHS.

84% of the public want the NHS in public ownership (see source)   

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HOUSING FOR EVERYONE

Genuinely affordable housing is a priority; backed by communities, provided by Community Land Trusts, local co-operatives and housing associations. Sprawling ‘clone’ market developments with a handful of mean spirited affordable homes are a serious failure to invest in our future.

Truly affordable housing integrated and in character with existing settlements is the way forward.

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ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

As citizens we all have a responsibility to use our voices and votes actively to protect our countryside now and in the future.

Anytown and the surrounding countryside  is there for everyone – whether for its environmental, social or economic value.

Local people know and love Anytown  and care about its long term future, well beyond the short-termism characterised by the current national market driven approach. Visitors value places such as Anytown because of its distinctive character and visitor numbers are a key source of revenue.

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NEW SENSE OF STEWARDSHIP

We are still losing wildlife and our environment is under threat. This is an issue for all of us – not just conservationists – damage to our environment is damage to ourselves. It has been estimated that the ecological footprint of the South East is 29 times its physical area. In other words we need an area 29 times the size of the South East to provide the resources we use and to absorb our waste. We are simply not living within our means – we are not living sustainably.

In Sussex we are due to get up to 5,600 new homes per year – more than two ‘Worthings’ in the 20 years of the plan. These plans have been deemed as totally unsustainable by the Government’s own Environmental Audit Committee. This level of development will result in huge areas of lost countryside, loss of urban greenspace and the resulting damage to wildlife and its habitats. Crowding, congestion, resource depletion, lack of water, increased flooding risks, to name just a few current concerns, will all get worse.

We must embrace a ‘new sense of Stewardship’ that embraces land and water management as well as sustainable housing developments

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GETTING AROUND LIGHTLY

Older residents state that the biggest single change in the character of Anytown in the last fifty years is the gradual dominance of the car. Road use continues to grow. This causes direct environmental damage, increasing pollution, increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and global warming. Anytown Civic  Society continues to advocate for reduced noise, pollution and physical damage caused by the heavy flow of traffic into and through the main streets.

Getting around is vital, but it is in all our interests to protect the character of Anytown and what tranquillity remains for the benefit of all Anytown residents.

Roads are a vital artery in and around Anytown and, but in recent times plans for major new roads have posed grave threats to areas of wonderful countryside which once under tarmac are gone forever. We cannot provide for unlimited traffic demands without severely damaging the countryside. Air and noise pollution diminish quality of life and emissions contribute to a more chaotic climate.

We want to see better local rail links, along the coast and linking towns – and to London from coastal towns in need of regeneration. Faster and direct links are vital.

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ENERGY FOR THE FUTURE

Energy developments are increasingly controversial and challenging. There is no silver bullet to meeting our long-term energy needs. A mix of sources is inevitable.

Energy efficiency must be prioritised in all new and existing buildings to reduce use and dependency.

Renewable energy is a priority to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The right place for renewable energy is roof space for solar panels and wind farms where they are sensitively planned to protect our most precious landscapes.

Fracking, a fossil fuel supply, and the current rush for gas risks irreversible damage unless there are cast iron guarantees that it can be made safe. It risks harming the character and tranquillity of surrounding  villages, and without a strong community voice local impacts could be overlooked. As a result, the health and wellbeing of our rural communities in the  Anytown area is hanging in the balance. Nationally designated landscapes are our most precious asset and it must be clear that fracking has no place in these areas.

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