Eastern Area Plan

The Green Party’s excellent response to the hotly debated eastern area plan. To be ratified at the Ramsey meeting tomorrow night at the Mitre at 7 pm. In a nutshell, It is summarised as follows:-

  1. The government’s population predictions are wrong
  2. Therefore, the proposal to build 5,100 houses is without merit.
  3. We have a climate emergency.
  4. Building on green field sites will release carbon / remove carbon sequestration
  5. New Builds will release c.50 tonnes of carbon dioxide in construction and take c.50 years to reach parity with retrofitting a building
  6. We must wait until the next census in 2021 to understand our housing needs before zoning green field sites.

Come along if you can, full document below well worth a read.


Isle of Man’s Green party draft response to the IOM Governments consultation on Climate change.

Below attached is the Isle of Man’s Green party draft response to the IOM Governments consultation on Climate change. Come along tonight to the  Columba Club, Circular Road, Douglas – Monday 13 May 2019, from 6:30pm. Where we will ratify this document as a record for holding the government to account on carbon emissions. Thank you.

Introduction & Notice of Intention to Stand for Election in Rushen

Isle of Man General Election – 22nd September 2016

Dear Resident of Rushen,

I have to decided to stand for election to the House of Keys in September, because I believe we have the chance to create a society where all people feel engaged, empowered, valued and can live in peace with their surroundings. For far too long we have had an unfair playing field for businesses, where large corporations dominate our markets with their products and make no other contributions to our society and where good ideas are defeated by the power of big businesses. I am standing in the election because our travel links are a monopoly and they advertise in the papers and tell us how great the service is. I am stepping up because we do not have enough staff to fill our hospitals. I am stepping up because our society should not be defined by the car you drive or the house you live in. I am stepping up because government is not a transparent organisation in its decision making process or in the contracts it makes. I am stepping up because it is not a question on how we treat the elderly in society, but that we will look after them because we are a caring, engaging society. I am stepping up because we fail our creative & tourism industries by not supporting them to export their products. I am stepping up because education is the future of a sustainable society. I am stepping up because we don’t have enough housing that is affordable, yet there is always room for one more Mansion. I stepping up because for far too long we have been told there is no money.  We are a society where everyone makes a contribution in proportion to their ability. Where opportunities exist for disabled, and the vulnerable. Where equal pay and transparency in our dealings is available to all. I am stepping up because for our lives to have meaning the expression that ‘we are all in it together’ has to be taken back and reclaimed by each and every one of us.

My full Manifesto will be sent shortly before the election, if you are not registered to vote or are unsure if you are, please contact me for clarification. I will be calling at every house in the Rushen Constituency over the next month. If I happened to miss you. I am usually available from 10am to 12pm most days except Sunday by visiting Ken Quine’s in Port Erin.

If you have any questions or wish to arrange a private meeting or help my election campaign in any way please do not hesitate to contact myself.

Very best regards,


Please Contact Leo Cussons, Ken Quine’s, 15 Station road, Rushen IM9 6AE. Tel : 406750 – Mobile

Website : www.leocussons.com Email  Available on : Linkedin & Twitter:@leocussons

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Born in Glen Maye in 1971, I have been raised on the island studying at the Isle of Man Technical College. I have a LLB (Hons) in Law from Lancaster University and a Legal Practice Certificate from Manchester Metropolitan University.  I have set up several businesses over the years, including an environmental friendly industrial cleaning business, Website design and I am currently the proprietor of Ken Quine’s hardware shop in Port Erin. I have lived for ten years in the Netherlands working as an ERP computer consultant before I returned to the island in 2004. I have two children and I live with my partner.

Open Letter – Intensive Beef Farming


I am writing to you on matter relating to intensive beef farming. This was recently in the news. (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2012/jun/07/super-farms-environment-livestock-climate) It is already becoming an established practice in America to farm beef using this method. While on one hand there is an argument to meet growing demands for food. This has resulted in intensive beef farming being seen as a solution to this problem.  In my analyses of the problem it raise two important questions. One is sustainability, and two is it morally acceptable practice. At what point does one say that such methods have crossed the line of a caring and responsible sustainable society.

In the following Article http://www.globalissues.org/article/240/beef it raises the issue of sustainability looking at the cost of producing such meat. Rolling Stone Magazine also reported on this issue of cruelty. There has been a big raise in the number of products that are produced in more natural ways (the co-op is the best example). While the economic role is significant in what families can afford, they may feel obliged to purchase meat that they are consciously not aware of, in what condition it is farmed.  Are our human rights being neglected by eaten such products, would one find it acceptable to treat a human beings in this condition. Then why animals? I am not going into the finite points of the argument here, as I am sure that you are only too aware of these.

However I would like to propose an interesting idea. As your country must compete in a global market. Then the tenant of such a practice is that one offers something different. I would like to see the Farming laws expanded to stop the production of any intensive farming methods in your country. While this may not be an issue currently. By legislating against it currently you can protect future generations of such a risk and take a defining role in what the makes your country different and provide leadership in a sustainable future.

Yours sincerely,

L Cussons