Your Policy Ideas

Right now we are writing up our manifesto detailing exactly how will step forward for Greater Manchester. Have an idea, tell us below...

Use Powers to Depenalise Drug Possession For Personal Use

Current evidence from Europe, USA and Australia shows that the persuit of harm reduction and treatment strategies are aided by decriminalisation of drug possession. This results in a reduction in drug related harms and deaths (eg HIV or HepC transmission), reduction in adolescent and problem drug use and reduced burdens to the criminal justice system. Decriminalsation also increases uptake of drug treatment and amount of drugs seized by police. Decriminalisation would require government legislation but depenalisation can be carried out by authorities under the direction of the police comissioner.

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Make Manchester the Cycling Capital of the UK

- create a city wide bike scheme like Santander bikes in London - create FULLY segregated cycleways on all key routes at the expense of private motor vehicle space (maintain pedestrian and public transport space) - ALL roads that have work done to them in future should have best in class cycle infra added to them as part of it - add proper full time restrictions such as red routes to stop vehicles stopping in cycle lanes - enforce stopping and parking restrictions to make Manchester safe for cyclists

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Feasibility study to extend Metrolink down Oxford Rd

The Oxford Road corridor is one of the most polluted areas in Greater Manchester. This is mainly due to the huge number of diesel powered busses. The sheer number of people moved along this corridor means that a tram is a more appropriate and less polluting mass transport solution. If Manchester is to be recognised as a leading global city, world class links between our city centre, stations, universities and hospitals are vital. Conduct a feasibility study to extend the tram network past MMU, UoM, and CMFT to the Christie.

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Make it illegal to park on footpaths/kerbs/verges etc. and enforce it

I have read that Manchester City Council are currently seeking powers to make it illegal to park on footpaths/kerbs/verges etc. and that the council will increase surveillance on and enforce with large fines/removals. I hope that Jane will push for this for all of Greater Manchester. I have been driven at whilst on the footpath and beeped at by people wanting to park where I'm standing having a chat. I've been hit by a van reversing off a footpath that couldn't see. People in wheelchairs or with prams etc. often have to go on the road.

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