Right now we are writing up our manifesto detailing exactly how will step forward for Greater Manchester. Have an idea, tell us below...
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.
At the top of our aims in creating a better, cleaner Greater Manchester we must look towards optimal environmental protection. The Green Belt Reform Scheme would be a scheme in which derelict, unused buildings go back into the hands of the elected council - enabled the council to renovate this area back into green space. If any business makes an attempt to buy this land, they must adhere to the 'green pledge' - in which the business buying the land must be environmentally friendly, and will hold little to no harm environmentally in the long term.
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.
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.