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Greater Manchester’s Air pollution is a side issue; it’s far more important to help Greater Manchester’s economy, my policies will be aimed at boosting our economy.
The main proposals to reduce pollution that other candidates have come up with appear to be a congestion charge which is nothing more than a Greater Manchester Road tax, an ill thought out attack on workers and businesses which will undermine and damage Greater Manchester’s economy.
I was an active campaigner in 2008 referendum against the Greater Manchester Road tax (congestion charge) stating “the system and reports about reducing congestion were flawed then and they are flawed now, the people of Greater Manchester overwhelmingly supported his view in a referendum which rejected the Greater Manchester Road tax (congestion charge). The reports produced by the Government prior to the referendum gave the game away, far from reducing traffic it relied on there not being much of a reduction in traffic in order to make money, not control traffic or pollution. What others are trying to do is undermine the referendum result which is undemocratic and illegitimate”
The English Democrats candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester states that no Greater Manchester Road Tax (congestion charge) will be implemented under his Mayoralty.
“In times of austerity the people and businesses of Greater Manchester need assistance and not another tax burden, however I also understand the long term aims in making Greater Manchester a healthy place to live and work, with its long-term benefits to businesses and our Health and Social Care budgets.
To achieve this aim I will introduce a strategic plan which will give proper weight to economic, environmental, and public service considerations.
This will give the people of Greater Manchester a more viable and cost effective way to complete their journeys without using the car.
To reduce Greater Manchester’s carbon footprint even further I will introduce planning regulations where all applications must include the use of solar energy.”