Steve Dyke has been selected as the Green Party’s candidate for the upcoming by-election in Strood South.
Steve moved to Strood in 1966 at the age of five and has lived in the area most of his life since. Educated at Elaine Avenue School and then Rochester Math, he currently commutes to London for his job in insurance.
Steve says: “I have seen much change in the area, some of it positive, some negative. I feel that this side of the River Medway often gets taken for granted by the Council. It seems to me that Strood and surrounding areas are often regarded as places to be crammed with more and more housing without the need to make improvements to infrastructure and facilities or to build sustainable communities.
“There is pressure from all sides to build in and around Medway, such as the Council’s plan for 30,000 houses and the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, which will impact directly on Strood South. The recently announced Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission chaired by Lord Heseltine adds further uncertainty by including the Medway area within the scope of its vision for what it calls ‘high-quality growth’.
“Our schools, medical facilities and public services are suffering from being subjected for many years to a failing political programme imposed by central government. While some areas of Medway have benefitted from investment, others have been left behind.
“Now, more than ever, Green voices on Medway Council are needed to protect and improve what we have, both for ourselves and future generations, to create a better local environment resilient to climate change and to build healthier communities.
“If elected I will work with local residents and Councillors from other political parties to introduce or support measures and policies that move the Council in a greener direction. This means that a Green vote would be a vote for taking local democracy seriously. It would be a vote for reducing pollution levels and providing sustainable and affordable housing and transport, for local clean energy production, for protecting our public services, and for valuing and seeking to protect our green spaces and wildlife.
“As a lone voice on the Council, this may be a gradual process but voting Green on October 20th would be a step in the right direction. Local government in Medway has got stale. ‘Politics as usual’ is clearly not working in the interest of most people locally and nationally. The Green Party is not afraid to do things differently in its pursuit of building a society that works for the Common Good.”