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Wum Land Party!

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More information about the Wum Land Party, what we stand for and our on-going projects!

We stand for Independence betwix Severn and Wye.

... and a progressive devolution from Westminster.

Local Independence.

The Forest of Dean has always been a very independent place, and we're not about to become 'West Gloucestershire', or 'West London' for that matter- without a fight! We intend to kick-off a conversation about independence, and following in the footsteps of Wales, Scotland, Cornwall and Yorkshire, move towards a progressive devolution from Westminster!

Bottom-up Politics.

We will put an end to local corruption and work to empower communities from the bottom-up, ensuring our Towns and Parishes have more of the powers, finances and responsibilities they need to serve their communities. We will redirect taxes away from London and reinvest them locally instead. Local political power will start in the Home and 'trickle-up' through the Parish and Town councils, instead of starting and ending with District's Cabinet.

Health-care in the Forest.

The staff at the Dylk and Lydney hospital do a great job, but with a population of 84,000 people- that we lack adequately resourced and funded hospitals in the Forest is unacceptable. Too many people are having to make long and dangerous trips to Gloucester for their healthcare provision. This puts the health and well-being of local people at unnecessary risk.

We will secure the largest funding package in the Dylk's history, giving a new lease of life to existing infrastructure and expanding to offer a wider range of services, including a state-of-the-art maternity ward with facilities for natural birthing.

The Doomsday Woodland.

With the taxes we would have previously flushed down the drains to London, we will invest in our own infrastructure, maintaining services and commons like our roads. Surplus public finances, currently being 'stored' off-shore, will instead be used to purchase land and expand the public forestry estate. Working closely with national Forestry organisations we will revive the 'Doomsday Woodland' initative that came out of the HOOF campaign.
This will create the largest woodland this country has seen for over one thousand years; and as it expands so shall our sustainable woodland industry with the high-quality livelihoods and homes it provides.

Livelihoods and Industry.

We vow to help local businesses by abolishing the taxation of London, and by assisting with the provision of both land, premises and other resources, to help local businesses and producers. We will support the emergence of entirely new (and very traditional) forms of industry. This will involve many thousands of high-quality livelihoods for local people. We will remove the endless legislative and financial hurdles coming from London and Brussels, as-well-as making many other special provisions, designed to give a boost to our local businesses, producers and craftspeople.

Food & Fuel Sovereignty.

As the world faces an uncertain time ahead, we think it would be wise to make provisions now, that will ensure future generations of Foresters are self-sufficient in both food and fuel, well into the future. This means no-more wholesale exportation of our natural resources, and no more cheap wood for London to make toilet paper and glossy magazines with our natural heritage! By offering tax exempt status for local businesses and producers, we can stimulate local industry across the board, giving our vital local industries, a fighting chance.

Restore our Historic Rights.

 

  1. The Right to build a Wum (home). A low-impact, sustainable dwelling – via The Cabiners Association. This will function similar to the Welsh Governments 'One Planet Development' policy.
  2. The Right to claim a 'pleck' (a small patch of ground), for small-scale horticulture, agro-forestry or allotments.
  3. Commoners Rights will be protected from the Forestry Commission and the local authorities.
  4. Free-mining will be free of interference from foreign interests in Westminster and Brussels.
  5. Rights of Pannage, by which people can send their animals into the woods, to forage for nuts and roots in the Autumn.
  6. The Right to manage a coppice of trees, producing fire-wood, food and other woodland products.