Supporting 'green' businesses in Brightlingsea
My visit to Brightlingsea on Thursday 19th February.
I visited Brightlingsea on Thursday [yesterday] as part of my ongoing 'listening tour' of East Anglia. I spoke to a number of the shopkeepers and small businesses in the town asking about their experience of the economic downturn. The owner of Cornflower wholefood shop told me that while people were buying less processed meals and luxury foods they were buying more ingredients to cook their own meals at home. Small local businesses are exactly what is needed to weather the downturn and to build a sense of community and improve our quality of life. I was glad to hear from a number of Brightlingsea businesses that they are coping with the recession so far.
I also visited the offices of the contractors building the large offshore wind farm at Gunfleet Sands. The Green Party is committed to all kinds of renewable energy production and the Eastern Region has some of the best renewable resources in the country. Exploiting more of East Anglia's wind and wave power would create more jobs in the area and help us fight the threat of climate chaos by lowering our use of fossil fuels.
I went on from Brightlingsea to join the protest at Downing Street opposing the proposed third runway at Heathrow. The Green Party supports investment in public transport; the expansion of air travel is profoundly damaging to our shared environment, and would do nothing to benefit our economy here in Eastern Anglia...