Environment Hustings Success

The pre-council election hustings on 11 April at Wanstead Library succeeded in achieving a generally good-natured and constructive debate. It was co-organised and co-chaired by East London Humanists and local conservation group, The Wanstead Society.

The panel, comprising one candidate from each of the four main parties, were quizzed on a wide range of subjects. They included traffic pollution, making cycling easier and safer, addressing home insulation and emissions, and preserving local conservation areas. While there were of course disagreements, the overwhelming consensus was in favour of green policies across the board. All recognised the importance of acting locally to tackle the various threats to our environment.

The final question perhaps summed up the mood of the meeting. When asked to give a simple yes or no answer to disinvestment from fossil fuels, the response was unanimous. This included the Conservative representative, who happens to be a member of the London Borough of Redbridge Pensions Fund Committee.

A large, generous and attentive audience donated £150. Approximately half will go to cover the cost of room hire with the balance being donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal.

Local council elections are due to take place in England and Wales on Thursday 5 May.

Wanstead Environmental Election Hustings at Wanstead Library 11.4.22. On the stage, from left to right: Ashley Gunstock (Green), Cllr Paul Canal (Conservative), Paul Kaufman (Chair East London Humanists), Eileen Flinter (Chair The Wanstead Society), Cllr Jo Blackman (Labour – current Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride), Scott Wilding (Liberal Democrat).
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