BRING BACK THE GREEN!

Everyone should be made to make an effort and bring nature back.

Council groups should make nature thrive everywhere and and make people work for nature rather than the other way around.

Why is this idea important?

Everyone should be made to make an effort and bring nature back.

Council groups should make nature thrive everywhere and and make people work for nature rather than the other way around.

local power

As the Transition Town movement has shown, there is a huge energy field waiting to be tapped in local communities if only the people are given suitable means to help themselves and organise their local environment responsibly. As peak oil and climate start to bite, the sustainability of local units will be key. Farmers' Markets are a perfect example of the way communities should be organised towards self-sufficiency. The question of advance signing is clearly crucial and the law preventing this should be changed asap. Local is advantageous in every respect: on the economy, on the ecology, on human health. The government should do all it can to encourage this trend, which is also, by the way, stimulating people out of their sense of powerlessness and the ensuing apathy that afflicts a large section of British life today. 

Why is this idea important?

As the Transition Town movement has shown, there is a huge energy field waiting to be tapped in local communities if only the people are given suitable means to help themselves and organise their local environment responsibly. As peak oil and climate start to bite, the sustainability of local units will be key. Farmers' Markets are a perfect example of the way communities should be organised towards self-sufficiency. The question of advance signing is clearly crucial and the law preventing this should be changed asap. Local is advantageous in every respect: on the economy, on the ecology, on human health. The government should do all it can to encourage this trend, which is also, by the way, stimulating people out of their sense of powerlessness and the ensuing apathy that afflicts a large section of British life today. 

Green Microgeneration

Gordon Brown gave a boost to microgeneration (such as having a small wind turbine or solar panels on your own roof) by waiving tax on income earned from selling the electricity generated back to the grid.

I propose that this should still be true even if the wind turbine (as an example) that you have bought is not on your own roof.

This would allow people with a little spare cash who live in less windy parts of the country to buy a turbine and install it on a house in, for example, Cornwall, North Wales, and parts of Scotland.

It would also allow a homeowner who lives in a windy area, but who, doesn't have the cash to buy a turbine, to rent out his / her rooftop (also tax free) to someone who does.

The electricity company would simply install an outgoing meter alongside the incoming one, and credit the wind turbine owner with the value of the electricity generated, while also crediting the homeowner, on his / her electricity bill, with a "rooftop rent", which would be deducted from the wind turbine owner's bill.

Why is this idea important?

Gordon Brown gave a boost to microgeneration (such as having a small wind turbine or solar panels on your own roof) by waiving tax on income earned from selling the electricity generated back to the grid.

I propose that this should still be true even if the wind turbine (as an example) that you have bought is not on your own roof.

This would allow people with a little spare cash who live in less windy parts of the country to buy a turbine and install it on a house in, for example, Cornwall, North Wales, and parts of Scotland.

It would also allow a homeowner who lives in a windy area, but who, doesn't have the cash to buy a turbine, to rent out his / her rooftop (also tax free) to someone who does.

The electricity company would simply install an outgoing meter alongside the incoming one, and credit the wind turbine owner with the value of the electricity generated, while also crediting the homeowner, on his / her electricity bill, with a "rooftop rent", which would be deducted from the wind turbine owner's bill.

Remove the prohibition on Right Hand Sidecars

I would like to remove the prohibition on motorcycle sicecar combinations with the motorcycle on the left. There is no similar prohibition on left hand drive cars being used on the public road, and there is a very useful range of these vehicles that are ideal for forestry and agricultural workers as they have optional two wheel drive to cope with off road conditions and are far less expensive to buy and run and less damaging to the environment than a typical 4×4 vehicle. Due to the limited size of the right hand drive market globally (other RHD countries dont have this restriction) the manufacturers find it uneconomic to produce a RHD version.

Currently the vehicles can be used but cannot be driven on a public road to get from site to site or from home to work (or vice versa), meaning that another vehicle and trailer must be used in addition to the combination, or that a larger 4×4 must be used at all times.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to remove the prohibition on motorcycle sicecar combinations with the motorcycle on the left. There is no similar prohibition on left hand drive cars being used on the public road, and there is a very useful range of these vehicles that are ideal for forestry and agricultural workers as they have optional two wheel drive to cope with off road conditions and are far less expensive to buy and run and less damaging to the environment than a typical 4×4 vehicle. Due to the limited size of the right hand drive market globally (other RHD countries dont have this restriction) the manufacturers find it uneconomic to produce a RHD version.

Currently the vehicles can be used but cannot be driven on a public road to get from site to site or from home to work (or vice versa), meaning that another vehicle and trailer must be used in addition to the combination, or that a larger 4×4 must be used at all times.

Apply full VAT to new build on green land

The present VAT system needs to be reversed: at present new build is zero rated while work to existing buildings attracts full VAT. New build on GREENFIELD SITES should have full VAT applied – developers love greenfield because it is cheaper so their profit margins are greater. Introduce a sliding scale of VAT: reduced rate on brownfield development and refurbishment of derelect property, zero rate for 'green' initiatives, lower rates for householders employing certified builders doing the work, to stop the cowboys, cash in hand.  There's lots that could be done with a radical rethink in this area. Properly planned, this could generate more VAT revenue with smaller amounts but coming in from more sources.

Why is this idea important?

The present VAT system needs to be reversed: at present new build is zero rated while work to existing buildings attracts full VAT. New build on GREENFIELD SITES should have full VAT applied – developers love greenfield because it is cheaper so their profit margins are greater. Introduce a sliding scale of VAT: reduced rate on brownfield development and refurbishment of derelect property, zero rate for 'green' initiatives, lower rates for householders employing certified builders doing the work, to stop the cowboys, cash in hand.  There's lots that could be done with a radical rethink in this area. Properly planned, this could generate more VAT revenue with smaller amounts but coming in from more sources.

No Licence Vehicles

Introduce vehicles where no driving licence is required to run them.

Across Europe several categories of speed limited micro cars and small sizedengine scooters are driven by people without a licence. These vehicles allow access to th roads for the young, the elderly and those who only want motors for very short distance driving. They are limited to 45kmph (just under 30mph) and usually have weight and power limits.

 

This would take young people out of high speed deathtraps which they can use immediately they pass the test and also tends to push up the age at which young people take their driving test.

 

It would also introduce an incentive for people to drive eco friendly low power cars around town. and it would create a new economic market in the uk for sale service and repair of these vehicles. One scheme in france rents low power scooters to the young for only 20 euros a month to allow them to easily and cheaply get to college/work.

 

We should have no licence motoring in this country to give us someof the freedoms of the EU that would offset all the additional regulation brought in.

Why is this idea important?

Introduce vehicles where no driving licence is required to run them.

Across Europe several categories of speed limited micro cars and small sizedengine scooters are driven by people without a licence. These vehicles allow access to th roads for the young, the elderly and those who only want motors for very short distance driving. They are limited to 45kmph (just under 30mph) and usually have weight and power limits.

 

This would take young people out of high speed deathtraps which they can use immediately they pass the test and also tends to push up the age at which young people take their driving test.

 

It would also introduce an incentive for people to drive eco friendly low power cars around town. and it would create a new economic market in the uk for sale service and repair of these vehicles. One scheme in france rents low power scooters to the young for only 20 euros a month to allow them to easily and cheaply get to college/work.

 

We should have no licence motoring in this country to give us someof the freedoms of the EU that would offset all the additional regulation brought in.

Equal VAT for new buildings & renovation. Green & saves our city’s

If you renovate or refurbish a building you have to pay VAT.
If you demolish it & build a new one you don't.
 
As a result thousands of reusable or should I say recyclable buildings are being demolished.
Some beautiful Victorian Edwardian & Art Deco ones lost forever & half the time replaced with dull cheep rubbish.
Which will probably be demolished themselves in 20 odd years as there so bad.
 
Not green at all, imagine the carbon foot print for demolition, removal of rubble, land fill for most of it,
manufacture of new materials, shipping them to the Uk no doubt, delivering them….
Reused building can have all the insulation & solar panels you need. So that not the reason to demolish.
 
Unequal VAT will make the UK look like Muiltonkeens in 50 years.
For example look at the old West Middlesex Hospital Site in Central London.
A Georges Victorian & Edwardian buildings ideal for converting with its courtyards & already 8or9 floors high so your never get planing for higher.
Now a huge hole in the ground with no plans for it.
If they don't want to lower vat on reuse & increase it on new build to level things out,
why can't they have some sort of green demolition tax on building built before the war ?
Its the 1960s all over again!

Why is this idea important?

If you renovate or refurbish a building you have to pay VAT.
If you demolish it & build a new one you don't.
 
As a result thousands of reusable or should I say recyclable buildings are being demolished.
Some beautiful Victorian Edwardian & Art Deco ones lost forever & half the time replaced with dull cheep rubbish.
Which will probably be demolished themselves in 20 odd years as there so bad.
 
Not green at all, imagine the carbon foot print for demolition, removal of rubble, land fill for most of it,
manufacture of new materials, shipping them to the Uk no doubt, delivering them….
Reused building can have all the insulation & solar panels you need. So that not the reason to demolish.
 
Unequal VAT will make the UK look like Muiltonkeens in 50 years.
For example look at the old West Middlesex Hospital Site in Central London.
A Georges Victorian & Edwardian buildings ideal for converting with its courtyards & already 8or9 floors high so your never get planing for higher.
Now a huge hole in the ground with no plans for it.
If they don't want to lower vat on reuse & increase it on new build to level things out,
why can't they have some sort of green demolition tax on building built before the war ?
Its the 1960s all over again!

Reduce the requirements for micro-vehicles

Why do people put up with never-ending traffic jams, lack of parking, inadequate road systems and general bad management just to use their cars?  Simple.  They don't have any choice because public transport is such a joke.

Now imagine if somebody were to bring the Sinclair C5 to market now, but fitted with a small engine in place of the electric motor.  You'd have a vehicle which could travel todays longer commutes, using cycle paths instead of roads, at sensible speed, and be able to park in the tiniest spaces.  And it would be economical – 250mpg?  Sounds good, no?

What about an even tinier machine, which was actually small enough to fold up and stick under your desk in the office.  Something like a kids scooter with a motor?  Or a powered pushbike which can fold.  Even better?  It's easily done.

But if you did produce such a machine, you'd never be able to use it on the roads.

Why?  Red tape.  It's classed as a motorbike.  At best, as a moped.

So, you need to be over 16 to use it.  You'd need tax, insurance, a driving license, probably a CBT bike test, an MOT, and a helmet.  In London, you'd probably also have to pay a congestion charge, even though you're producing far less emissions than the smug greeny in the Prius.

Which seems to be, frankly, ridiculous.

I suggest that we should permit such micro-vehicles to be treated as pushbikes.

You'd need limits on power output, engine size, maximum weight, design speed, etc. 
But such restrictions already exist for "electrically powered bicycles" and are nothing new.

Why not treat micro vehicles, with tiny/limited petrol/diesel engines and about the same power output as a bicycle in the same way?

 

This isn't a new idea, by the way.

Anybody remember the Cycle Master from the 50s?  Brilliant idea, British invention, perfect for adapting to a modern mountain bike – killed by short sighted bureaucrats.

Come on Nick, give us a real, genuine chance to get out of our cars. 
Not just a lot of glib waffle telling us to use buses that aren't there, or trains that only run when they want to, or electric bikes that cost £2000 and run out of electricity half-way home.

Why is this idea important?

Why do people put up with never-ending traffic jams, lack of parking, inadequate road systems and general bad management just to use their cars?  Simple.  They don't have any choice because public transport is such a joke.

Now imagine if somebody were to bring the Sinclair C5 to market now, but fitted with a small engine in place of the electric motor.  You'd have a vehicle which could travel todays longer commutes, using cycle paths instead of roads, at sensible speed, and be able to park in the tiniest spaces.  And it would be economical – 250mpg?  Sounds good, no?

What about an even tinier machine, which was actually small enough to fold up and stick under your desk in the office.  Something like a kids scooter with a motor?  Or a powered pushbike which can fold.  Even better?  It's easily done.

But if you did produce such a machine, you'd never be able to use it on the roads.

Why?  Red tape.  It's classed as a motorbike.  At best, as a moped.

So, you need to be over 16 to use it.  You'd need tax, insurance, a driving license, probably a CBT bike test, an MOT, and a helmet.  In London, you'd probably also have to pay a congestion charge, even though you're producing far less emissions than the smug greeny in the Prius.

Which seems to be, frankly, ridiculous.

I suggest that we should permit such micro-vehicles to be treated as pushbikes.

You'd need limits on power output, engine size, maximum weight, design speed, etc. 
But such restrictions already exist for "electrically powered bicycles" and are nothing new.

Why not treat micro vehicles, with tiny/limited petrol/diesel engines and about the same power output as a bicycle in the same way?

 

This isn't a new idea, by the way.

Anybody remember the Cycle Master from the 50s?  Brilliant idea, British invention, perfect for adapting to a modern mountain bike – killed by short sighted bureaucrats.

Come on Nick, give us a real, genuine chance to get out of our cars. 
Not just a lot of glib waffle telling us to use buses that aren't there, or trains that only run when they want to, or electric bikes that cost £2000 and run out of electricity half-way home.

Remove registration under Microgeneration scheme

Currently any installer of 'green' energy (in particular photovoltaic power from solar panels) has to be registered under the Microgeneration scheme or their customers will not be able to claim back the Fixed Income Tariff for generating such power – or the supplement for returning it to the grid.

This is not a SAFETY requirement, because there is no bar on an unregistered person or company connecting a system to the grid (providing they comply with the relevant Building Regulations), it is simply a way of a Quango-type organization making a lot of money out of small businesses.

Why is this idea important?

Currently any installer of 'green' energy (in particular photovoltaic power from solar panels) has to be registered under the Microgeneration scheme or their customers will not be able to claim back the Fixed Income Tariff for generating such power – or the supplement for returning it to the grid.

This is not a SAFETY requirement, because there is no bar on an unregistered person or company connecting a system to the grid (providing they comply with the relevant Building Regulations), it is simply a way of a Quango-type organization making a lot of money out of small businesses.

Change the laws on running a diesel engine on chip oil

At the moment, there is a clouded, complicated process, whereby if you want to run your diesel engine on recycled chip oil, you have to 'announce' this to the revenue and customs authority, who will then oversee your production, and tax you at a rate as high or higher than normal petrol….. this country is tangled in inefficient systems of bureucracy, thats why it takes so long for things to happen / change

Biodiesel can be made at home out of used chip oil with inexpensive filtration equipment. My suggestion would be to forget about taxing it – it is a very useful form of recycling and should be encouraged as much as possible, so links can be made between chip shops and car owners…

 

and if you really do insist on taxing it to lift your backsides out of your deficit, tax it at the point of sale between chip shop owners (and other industries that use large amounts of cooking oil) and car owners / biodiesel producers. This way the chip shop owners would have one more thing to sell, and they could advertise this in their shops…. "make your own biodisel! 30p a litre!", or something similarly attractive. Even if the tax would be 50%, the chip shop owner is still making 15p per litre on something they would otherwise throw away….

Why is this idea important?

At the moment, there is a clouded, complicated process, whereby if you want to run your diesel engine on recycled chip oil, you have to 'announce' this to the revenue and customs authority, who will then oversee your production, and tax you at a rate as high or higher than normal petrol….. this country is tangled in inefficient systems of bureucracy, thats why it takes so long for things to happen / change

Biodiesel can be made at home out of used chip oil with inexpensive filtration equipment. My suggestion would be to forget about taxing it – it is a very useful form of recycling and should be encouraged as much as possible, so links can be made between chip shops and car owners…

 

and if you really do insist on taxing it to lift your backsides out of your deficit, tax it at the point of sale between chip shop owners (and other industries that use large amounts of cooking oil) and car owners / biodiesel producers. This way the chip shop owners would have one more thing to sell, and they could advertise this in their shops…. "make your own biodisel! 30p a litre!", or something similarly attractive. Even if the tax would be 50%, the chip shop owner is still making 15p per litre on something they would otherwise throw away….

Use of macro renewable energy sources not nuclear power

Why does the government plan to waste billions of pounds developing the nuclear industry when the money could be far better spent on installation of renewable energy sources at a macro production level?

New homes builders could be legislated to incorporate energy production via solar paneling, wind turbines (in certain areas of the country where this is proved to be effective) or boreholes to generate geothermal energy or a combination of both.  Standards for energy efficiency could also be raised with minimum requirements for insulation, heat retentive windows etc.

The government could also re-direct the planned billions of pounds of investment into nuclear energy into grants for the elderly and the poorest sectors of society to ensure the energy needs from the energy suppliers are significantly reduced. 

 

 

 

  

Why is this idea important?

Why does the government plan to waste billions of pounds developing the nuclear industry when the money could be far better spent on installation of renewable energy sources at a macro production level?

New homes builders could be legislated to incorporate energy production via solar paneling, wind turbines (in certain areas of the country where this is proved to be effective) or boreholes to generate geothermal energy or a combination of both.  Standards for energy efficiency could also be raised with minimum requirements for insulation, heat retentive windows etc.

The government could also re-direct the planned billions of pounds of investment into nuclear energy into grants for the elderly and the poorest sectors of society to ensure the energy needs from the energy suppliers are significantly reduced. 

 

 

 

  

Energy generation

I think that rules/information should be created make it easy for people to generate their own electricity and sell it back to the national grid. I know people can do this a little already, but making it more easy, facilitated and comprehensive could birth a whole new genre of entrepreneurship

Instead of the merely standard wind turbines, it could be made easy for small investors to take over old water mills, windmills, have local projects where fast flowing rivers or spillways could have floatable turbines run across parts that have no boats. 

We have the skills in this country to create the technology in a mass produced way to create all these power applications, and a whole new industry could be created in creating  and supplying the hardware for medium scale power generation: off the shelf projects that people could have installed could on the smallest scale could earn discounts on your energy bills. 

But medium scale endeavors like water mills could be run as a small business with a remarkably steady income. Farmers who have lots of land with good wind coverage could earn a second income with turbines, and need less subsidy. It would save the government a lot of money if it became widespread, as the scale and diversity of the power generation would be limited only by the publics imagination, and the need for building new central power stations may be reduced. If green generation of power was diverse then it would be more consistent in differing weather.

It could also mean that in the event of weather disasters or attacks power outages would be less common as power would be generated on a more local and distributed fashion.

Why is this idea important?

I think that rules/information should be created make it easy for people to generate their own electricity and sell it back to the national grid. I know people can do this a little already, but making it more easy, facilitated and comprehensive could birth a whole new genre of entrepreneurship

Instead of the merely standard wind turbines, it could be made easy for small investors to take over old water mills, windmills, have local projects where fast flowing rivers or spillways could have floatable turbines run across parts that have no boats. 

We have the skills in this country to create the technology in a mass produced way to create all these power applications, and a whole new industry could be created in creating  and supplying the hardware for medium scale power generation: off the shelf projects that people could have installed could on the smallest scale could earn discounts on your energy bills. 

But medium scale endeavors like water mills could be run as a small business with a remarkably steady income. Farmers who have lots of land with good wind coverage could earn a second income with turbines, and need less subsidy. It would save the government a lot of money if it became widespread, as the scale and diversity of the power generation would be limited only by the publics imagination, and the need for building new central power stations may be reduced. If green generation of power was diverse then it would be more consistent in differing weather.

It could also mean that in the event of weather disasters or attacks power outages would be less common as power would be generated on a more local and distributed fashion.

Tree Preservation Order

Under the Tree Preservation Order system, private landlowners are unable to lop or remove trees without permission of their local council.

Where such trees are causing damage to a building and the council refuse you have to lodge an appeal. This is costly and often includes submission of tree surgeon and surveyor opinions.

The grounds and scope under which the appeals are granted are very narrow and if your appeal is not granted the only remedy is to appleal to the High Court or to seek injunctive relief. This is unaffordable for most people.

The result is that the Council maintain a lot of power, the system is skewed in their favour. The system needs to be drastically remedied to bring about a fairer more equitable system.

Why is this idea important?

Under the Tree Preservation Order system, private landlowners are unable to lop or remove trees without permission of their local council.

Where such trees are causing damage to a building and the council refuse you have to lodge an appeal. This is costly and often includes submission of tree surgeon and surveyor opinions.

The grounds and scope under which the appeals are granted are very narrow and if your appeal is not granted the only remedy is to appleal to the High Court or to seek injunctive relief. This is unaffordable for most people.

The result is that the Council maintain a lot of power, the system is skewed in their favour. The system needs to be drastically remedied to bring about a fairer more equitable system.

make it easier for companies to give away food

my idea is to change the regulations that require food shops to secure their waste bins so that people cannot  search through them for perfectly edible yet expired food. or if the issue is the danger of people getting into large bins then there should be some provision of a place where people can safely access this source of food.

Why is this idea important?

my idea is to change the regulations that require food shops to secure their waste bins so that people cannot  search through them for perfectly edible yet expired food. or if the issue is the danger of people getting into large bins then there should be some provision of a place where people can safely access this source of food.

Actively Encourage Green Energy

There is too much legislation surrounding the erection of windmills for windpower.

The rising cost of gas and electricity is hitting many poorer communities hard, and the effect on the environment is a very secondary issue.

Why can't councils offer streets or communities soft loans or even grants to erect windmills for windpower to serve those communities? 

It would bring down the cost to them (the communities) of gas/electricity and, properly done, could contribute to the national grid at the same time.

Why is this idea important?

There is too much legislation surrounding the erection of windmills for windpower.

The rising cost of gas and electricity is hitting many poorer communities hard, and the effect on the environment is a very secondary issue.

Why can't councils offer streets or communities soft loans or even grants to erect windmills for windpower to serve those communities? 

It would bring down the cost to them (the communities) of gas/electricity and, properly done, could contribute to the national grid at the same time.

Improve driving standards in Britain, and get cars off the road in stages

My idea would be reasonably simple. First, we need to tighten up on driving standards in the UK. Finland is a great example of where driving standards are extremely stringent. I cycle everywhere around London and the quality of driving (as well as the quality of the roads) is a danger not just to my health (and my life) but to everyone who seeks to use the road as a means to transit oneself from home to work and onward, rather than a speedtrack, something you would find in a computer game perhaps. If people are caught speeding at a dangerous rate — ie 40 mph or more in a 30mph zone, they should be banned for speeding for a year, or given community service. It's not acceptable to allow one person to damage another's health simply because he or she is driving a half-tonne of metal around. My girlfriend also cycles around London and I worry about her. Most drivers are both good people and have passed their driving test but I doubt that that can be said about many people in the UK capital and beyond.

A secondary point is that we need to get cars off the road and people on public transport. Sadly your decision to scrap a new generation of high speed trains (understandable in the current era of austerity but still a worrying short term decision). Cars are not the way forward, at least in the form that we know them. London and the UK should become a pioneer of electric cars….there are a few around but the number is still pathetically small. We should be investing in infrastructure that forces electric cars to take precedent rather than leaving this process to the private sector, which will only (given the car industry's continuing awe of the standard oil-powered automobile) happen in glacially slow stages. 

Yours sincerely

Elliot Wilson

Why is this idea important?

My idea would be reasonably simple. First, we need to tighten up on driving standards in the UK. Finland is a great example of where driving standards are extremely stringent. I cycle everywhere around London and the quality of driving (as well as the quality of the roads) is a danger not just to my health (and my life) but to everyone who seeks to use the road as a means to transit oneself from home to work and onward, rather than a speedtrack, something you would find in a computer game perhaps. If people are caught speeding at a dangerous rate — ie 40 mph or more in a 30mph zone, they should be banned for speeding for a year, or given community service. It's not acceptable to allow one person to damage another's health simply because he or she is driving a half-tonne of metal around. My girlfriend also cycles around London and I worry about her. Most drivers are both good people and have passed their driving test but I doubt that that can be said about many people in the UK capital and beyond.

A secondary point is that we need to get cars off the road and people on public transport. Sadly your decision to scrap a new generation of high speed trains (understandable in the current era of austerity but still a worrying short term decision). Cars are not the way forward, at least in the form that we know them. London and the UK should become a pioneer of electric cars….there are a few around but the number is still pathetically small. We should be investing in infrastructure that forces electric cars to take precedent rather than leaving this process to the private sector, which will only (given the car industry's continuing awe of the standard oil-powered automobile) happen in glacially slow stages. 

Yours sincerely

Elliot Wilson

Ease planning permission for large offshore wind farms

Energy can be clean and cheap, global warming could be fought, but only with large off shore wind trubines. Those living by the sea who complain about the developments currently have a voice of there own, but i think the government needs to be the voice of the future generations of britons who would rather not live in a world ravaged by global warming. We need to stop the NIMBY's from ruining this countrys future, we need to start building off shore wind turbines as fast as we can.

We need to reduce the bureaucracy slowing down installation of large off shore wind turbines.

Why is this idea important?

Energy can be clean and cheap, global warming could be fought, but only with large off shore wind trubines. Those living by the sea who complain about the developments currently have a voice of there own, but i think the government needs to be the voice of the future generations of britons who would rather not live in a world ravaged by global warming. We need to stop the NIMBY's from ruining this countrys future, we need to start building off shore wind turbines as fast as we can.

We need to reduce the bureaucracy slowing down installation of large off shore wind turbines.

Repeal of Cannabis Related Infringements

Cannabis is an intrinsic part of our culture as humans, the substance having been used for thousands of years; it hasn't been affected by the War on drugs that Nixon championed years ago, instead it continues to put money into the pockets of criminals. This same criminal status is then placed upon a citizen who is simply enjoying their drug of choice; simply because it isn't legally condoned as alcohol and tobacco are.

Countries like the Netherlands have shown for years that levels of Cannabis use do not sky rocket when the drug is more readily available and infact it can offer a large portion of taxable income for communities  – as Pubs do – as well as providing valuable tax funds for the government.

Studies like the one at the University of Keele have shown that the risk of psychosis from heavily smoking cannabis are not significantly or even noticeably increased.

Why is this idea important?

Cannabis is an intrinsic part of our culture as humans, the substance having been used for thousands of years; it hasn't been affected by the War on drugs that Nixon championed years ago, instead it continues to put money into the pockets of criminals. This same criminal status is then placed upon a citizen who is simply enjoying their drug of choice; simply because it isn't legally condoned as alcohol and tobacco are.

Countries like the Netherlands have shown for years that levels of Cannabis use do not sky rocket when the drug is more readily available and infact it can offer a large portion of taxable income for communities  – as Pubs do – as well as providing valuable tax funds for the government.

Studies like the one at the University of Keele have shown that the risk of psychosis from heavily smoking cannabis are not significantly or even noticeably increased.

Removal of RoHS and WEEE legislation

Both RoHS and WEEE legislation should be removed: they are a huge impediment to small businesses introducing any sort of electronic product. They are the product of a combination of mis-guided 'green' thnking and large business who are keen to supress innovation by smaller, more nimble operations.

The green product is the quality one that lasts for a long time!

Why is this idea important?

Both RoHS and WEEE legislation should be removed: they are a huge impediment to small businesses introducing any sort of electronic product. They are the product of a combination of mis-guided 'green' thnking and large business who are keen to supress innovation by smaller, more nimble operations.

The green product is the quality one that lasts for a long time!

Tourist tax on flights

Remove this "Gordon Brown wanted a piece of the pie" tax on the one area of the transport network that was actually successful and performing for customers, which is now damaging the industry as per a number of airlines reducing flights and reducing visitor numbers.

 

 

This unfairly targets airlines operating out of the UK whereas many European competitors don't have this tax and have a commercial advantage.

This 'green tax' went directly to the treasury for Gordon Brown to waste on national debt. At least ring fence it to invest in a greener UK airline industry so that we can get ahead from our worldwide competitors.

Why is this idea important?

Remove this "Gordon Brown wanted a piece of the pie" tax on the one area of the transport network that was actually successful and performing for customers, which is now damaging the industry as per a number of airlines reducing flights and reducing visitor numbers.

 

 

This unfairly targets airlines operating out of the UK whereas many European competitors don't have this tax and have a commercial advantage.

This 'green tax' went directly to the treasury for Gordon Brown to waste on national debt. At least ring fence it to invest in a greener UK airline industry so that we can get ahead from our worldwide competitors.

Medical cannabis ,legal

My idea is to get this passed so people can get self help, to combat a number of health problems  , also to cut expensive medical bills from hospitals , also will cut petty crime ,also will stop an illegal billion pound industry , taking money out of the british econemy. Also it will generate money with the sale of this product …. billions can be made from this , also it is 100% green ,

Why is this idea important?

My idea is to get this passed so people can get self help, to combat a number of health problems  , also to cut expensive medical bills from hospitals , also will cut petty crime ,also will stop an illegal billion pound industry , taking money out of the british econemy. Also it will generate money with the sale of this product …. billions can be made from this , also it is 100% green ,

Bicycles should be exempt from VAT

Bicycles (pedal bikes, push-bikes, whatever you like to call them) should be given a VAT exemption similar to books, food and children's clothes. Bicycle helmets should also be exempt.

Why is this idea important?

Bicycles (pedal bikes, push-bikes, whatever you like to call them) should be given a VAT exemption similar to books, food and children's clothes. Bicycle helmets should also be exempt.

NERC legislation

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.

Why is this idea important?

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.