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Tell the Environment Agency not to give the go ahead to the Aire Valley Incinerator

Green Councillors work with the AVAI campaign

Caroline and Ros protest against the incinerator in 2017 and are still campaigning
Ros Brown is a member of the AVAI steering group working to challenge the EA’s draft permit “This decision is hugely troubling for the health of our local communities and moorland environment. We know this incinerator capacity is not needed and risks diverting waste away from recycling.” Cllrs Ros Brown and Caroline Whitaker urge people to write again to register their objections. Over 2000 objections were made in 2018. Details can be found at Deadline for submissions is 29th July.

Further extension to deadline for comments on Leeds Bradford Airport expansion

Keighley and Ilkley Green Party campaigner and Ilkley Town Councillor Dr Ros Brown has expressed anger at the inadequacy of Leeds City Council’s planning website to deal with the large volume of comments being submitted regarding the application to expand Leeds Bradford Airport. “Although the deadline has been extended to 10th July if residents are experiencing problems uploading their comments I have been advised by the planning department these can be sent to However at the time of writing I have yet to see my objection uploaded. The nature of this public consultation on such a significant planning application has been completely inappropriate and inadequate during the Covid-19 lockdown period.”

Dr Brown continues “This planning application if approved will increase passenger numbers from 4,000,000 per year to 7,100,000 by 2030. This increase would nearly double greenhouse gas emissions and is unacceptable for Leeds and all local areas trying to act responsibly to reduce emissions within the Climate Emergency Declarations many councils have made.

Six months ago the Court of Appeal ruled expansion at Heathrow airport was unlawful as it did not consider the Paris Agreement. This expansion too would fly in the face of the requirement to achieve sustainable development as defined in the National Planning Policy Framework. It also goes against the recent advice of the UK Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) annual progress report to parliament on reducing UK emissions. The CCC call for a resilient recovery from Covid-19 that does not ‘lock-in’ greenhouse gas emissions or increase climate risk and calls for the government to use climate investment to support the economic recovery and jobs. The promotion, protection and resilience of our local environment, economy and health arguably need to be served through well placed investment that is less susceptible to the current and future disruptions and shocks the airline industry and our climate will face.

Inadequate attention by Leeds City Council to the potential significant effects on our South Pennine Moors area and further afield, regarding noise and air pollution, has also caused Natural England to advise against granting planning permission at this stage. I urge people to take this last chance to object to these plans and stand up for the resilient Covid-19 recovery our area needs.”


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Our policy programme is founded on ten pillars, built from policies proposed and voted on by our members. It sets out what Greens are in politics to do: to end the system that keeps hurting the environment and all of us who rely on it – and to build a better alternative.

As other parties run out of ideas, and rely on dated clichés to address the fast changing and fragile modern world, we embrace the new and relish the bold. Elected Greens will work to:

  • Save the environment
  • Green our land
  • Protect animal life
  • Challenge privilege
  • End discrimination
  • Champion international friendships
  • Liberate our working lives
  • Unleash our creative power
  • Embed collective kindness in our society
  • Deliver quality of life for all

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Working Locally and Nationally for a Fairer, Greener Future

Keighley and Ilkley Green Party is one of the local parties within the Green Party of England and Wales.
We aim to work for just, equitable and sustainable communities in Airedale and Wharfedale.
We focus our efforts through the electoral system, and through direct action and campaigns outside the formal political system.

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Current Town and Parish Councillors

Silsden Town CouncilCaroline Whitaker
Burley in Wharfedale parishChris Turner
Ilkley Ben Rhydding wardRos Brown
Tim Thorpe
Ilkley WestOwen Wells
Ilkley NorthJonathan Walsh

If you’re a Green Party Member and would like to raise any ideas, issues or complaints please in the first instance email the Chair Janet Russell

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