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    fredflintstone1 wrote:
    An national expert in citizen participation? Great - so my question to Mr Jones is:-

    What about the views of the 1770 people who didn't want more trees felled and permanent fencing in Wild Park?

    Why have they been totally ignored by your party, while only 30-odd people supported further clearance, including Cllr Pete West, and so it's going ahead? Perhaps you could explain this please, in the context of citizen participation?

    The overwhelming view is clearly that fencing of a public park for sheep grazing etc. should cease.

    It seems that not every citizen's participation is considered equally by the Greens.Just the views of those who agree with the Green policy. How do you account for this?

    There's plenty of other examples from around the city that could be used to exemplify this apparent dichotomy, eg the Lewes Road survey.
    Another example of course is The Level - of which over 3 000 locals signed a petition against moving the skate park onto the open green. Most of those who signed do in fact support 'green policy' - as in supporting that bit of the manifesto which is all about protecting and preserving our open public green spaces.

    Charles Hawtree was one of the 6 Green planning officers who enthusiastically voted to allow planning permission for said skate park.

    Meanwhile, the public were repeatedly assured that the new concrete skate bowl would all be below ground level (thus not impeding views ha ha.) However, it now appears the new sunken skate bowl will have concrete ramps extending 2 ft above ground level...

    After questioning a couple of the workmen I was assured that the planning officers were aware that the skate bowl wouldn't be entirely sunken after all - even if the public weren't made aware of this fact.

    So there you go, another green joke!"
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Greens announce general election candidates for Hove and Brighton Kemptown

Green Party candidate for Hove Christopher Hawtree

Green Party candidate for Hove Christopher Hawtree

First published in News

The Green Party has announced its candidates to fight for two Brighton and Hove constituencies in the next general election.

Brighton and Hove councillor Christopher Hawtree is to contest Hove against Tory MP Mike Weatherley and Davy Jones, a nationally recognised expert on citizen participation, will be looking to unseat Conservative Simon Kirby in Brighton Kemptown.

Coun Hawtree said: “I am hugely honoured that the Greens have entrusted me with our banner in Hove, a bellwether constituency for national election trends.”

Mr Jones said: “I’m thrilled to stand for Parliament in Brighton Kemptown, having grown up in Saltdean as a teenager, attending the local youth club, playing pitch and putt and, as a student, teaching English to Italian students in Saltdean Lido.”

Caroline Lucas, the UK’s first Green MP, has already been reselected to stand in Brighton Pavilion.

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