Our Local Council priorities:
Alternattiva Demokratika councillors will work for more investment in public libraries and for cooperation with schools and local organizations to encourage reading in their locality. They will work to protect open spaces and give priority in residential roads to people, to increase the accessibility and road safety. Work to promote road spaces and facilities for pedestrians, cyclists, the elderly, persons with disabilities and parents with young children. Green councillors want to reclaim the streets. Work to increase the sense of community and cooperate with local organizations to organize cultural activities, educational and sports events. Green councillors will work to promote places of historical interest in their locality through publications or informational signs and promote their restoration and reuse. The guiding principle for AD councillors is the common good and the building of a sense of community.
The health and quality of life of residents depend on the quality of the urban environment. Green councillors will work for more native trees to be planted in streets, public land, and gardens and for the planting of new tree groves where possible. Where possible, AD councillors will work to increase the areas reserved for people through pedestrianisation, ensuring cleaner air. It is a known fact that trees in urban areas help clean the air, reduce traffic noise and reduce the effects of heat in the summer. Increase the number of bicycle racks around the locality. Green councillors will work to increase recycling through information campaigns and insistence on enforcement. They will work to extend the recycling to other material for reuse or recycling, such as clothes. Green councillors will work to introduce the concept of freecycling. Green councillors will work to towards reaching the national target of zero waste in 2050, by promoting a local plan on waste reduction. They will work so that their council’s facilities and buildings use clean energy and means of water conservation are introduced. AD councillors will lobby to stop unfettered construction in our towns and villages and in the remaining countryside. They are against any extension of the development zones. The guiding principle for AD councillors is that a clean environment means a better quality of life and a healthier community.
AD councillors commit themselves to communicate clearly and honestly with residents, they will say things as they are. Insist on financial responsibility, and insist that their council does not engage in works or projects which are financially unsustainable, such as the public-private partnership for roads which led to the financial ruin of quite a number of councils. Green councillors will maintain contact with residents through social media, personal contact and work to keep residents informed of what is happening in the locality. The guiding principle for AD councillors is that transparency and financial accountability strengthens democracy.
Ralph Cassar has been active in various roles with the Green Party since 1992. He is currently the party’s Secretary General. As a student he was active as a students’ council member in Sixth Form. Ralph had served as a green local councillor in Ħ’Attard between 1994 and 1998, 2007 and 2012 and is currently serving a third term as local councillor in Ħ’Attard. Amongst his priorities as a councillor are improving the recyclables collection scheme, educational, cultural and sports activities, planting of indigenous trees, the defence of open spaces and the introduction of green technology in the locality. He has worked in the manufacturing industry for ten years in various roles related to quality and product development. He has also taught chemistry in secondary schools and worked in regulatory affairs on medical products with a public agency. He holds a BSc in chemistry with computer studies, a Masters in Management (MBA) from the University of Malta, and an MSc in Science from the Open University (UK). Ralph Cassar is a lecturer at the Institute of Applied Science at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology.
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