If you would like to get in touch with candidates in your ward, we have created a handy Template for you to use. You can even make changes and/or additional comments to reflect what is important to you. 

Candidate Name: Ed Freshwater – Green Party


Question Yes/No Additional Comments
Do you support an ambitious recycling plan for council collected waste that will allow the incinerator to close by 2034?  Yes The incinerator is the worst possible solution to waste; we need to focus on using fewer single-use items and really step up on food waste recycling. Communities need to have ownership and influence of new schemes as well, not just get occasional leaflets.
Do you support making sure climate change is at the heart of council decisions and spending, prioritising the implementation of the Route to Zero plan?  Yes Every project, initiative, plan and proposal should have an impact assessment with strict targets before approval.
Would you be willing to take a carbon literacy course to supplement your understanding of urgent measures the council could take to reduce CO2 emissions? Yes There’s no end to learning!
Do you support the implementation of the Birmingham Transport Plan that prioritises reliable and well coordinated public transport and increased facilities for active travel? Yes I say yes, but I don’t think it has anything like the detail required to match the ambition. We need to do more, more urgently.
Will you support the council to be more ambitious in improving energy efficiency in council buildings and houses by having larger scale projects instead of smaller trials? Yes
Do you commit to engagement with your constituents by holding regular and frequent public ward meetings? Yes Yes; these will be at minimum monthly online and another in-person where restrictions permit. Direct contact via email, DMs, WhatsApp will all be available. And I’m always up for a walk and talk through the neighbourhood.