Archive for January, 2014
You know that humans have an effect on the planet; now it’s time to see it with your own eyes. The documentary HOME shows aerial footage of the planet Earth, shot in (or rather above) more than fifty different countries. There will be a free screening of HOME on Tuesday 21st January at 7:30pm at The Fleece. It is open to everybody, but please do book your free place to ensure getting a seat! (No need to print out your ticket; just your name will be enough.)
This event is organised by West Oxfordshire Green Party but non-members (and members of other political parties) are welcome.
This is a quick announcement to say: Sustainable Witney’s AGM will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 12 February. More information can be found on the event’s own page!
On Tuesday 11 March 5.30pm–7pm, Sustainable Witney will be hosting an evening meeting for people who have had their home thermally imaged to highlight energy loss, in the ongoing 2013-2014 season. There will be a brief presentation from an expert, followed by a chance for people to ask specific questions about their own images.
The meeting will be in committee room 1 at the West Oxfordshire District Council offices at Woodgreen, which are themselves at the large “1” icon on this council PDF map (be warned that there are other council offices, further out of the town centre, at Elmfield!)
If your house was imaged in 2012-2013, but you weren’t able to attend the last meeting, you’re welcome to come along: but do bring a printout of your results, as we can’t guarantee we’ll have previous years’ results to hand. The different meeting format does mean that we hope to avoid the long queues that beset 2013’s meeting.
There will be a barn dance at Eynsham Village Hall on 1st February to raise money for a much-wanted community path. The planned B4044 Eynsham-Farmoor-Botley Community Path would provide a safe, off-road alternative to the busy B4044 for walkers and cyclists. Lots of money has already been raised and last year’s barn dance, also in aid of the proposed path, sold out early – so book your ticket now!
The event will feature the Mouse & Trousers Ceilidh Band, a raffle and a bar.
Tickets cost £10 adult, £6 child, and are available from the following places:
- Eynsham DIY
- Farmoor Stores
- Aloha Cafe, Botley
- Cumnor Newsagents
Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) is consulting on new Home to School Transport Proposals that aim to remove many school bus routes. OCC plans to drop support, presuming that bus routes will be replaced with less efficient, more congesting private motorized transport.
This could lead to increased congestion and emissions across the county, as many more car miles are generated on the school run every day. Campaigners at the Oxon School Bus Action Group have also identified some of the more damaging aspects of these proposals. Environmental impacts through increased emissions and congestion are not even mentioned in the Draft Service and Community Impact Assessment that OCC have provided for these proposals, but it’s clear there’s likely to be serious environmental impacts from these proposals.
The real irony is that OCC is a member of the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership, which has committed to a 3% year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions. But local academic Professor Angus Wilkinson suggests that:
… [A simple estimate suggests that these Home to School Transport proposals could at a stroke lead to a 2.5–5.6% increase in emissions, compared to OCC’s total net emission in the 2010/11 base year.
If this is true, then at a stroke, the county council are proposing to ruin their own commitments to a sustainable future.
So what can you do? Here’s a few things:
- Respond to the proposals. They’ve unfortunately been buried over the Christmas period, and the deadline is now very tight: January 14, so just over a week from now.
- Sign and share this on-line petition before 28th January 2014.
- Email your concerns about these proposals to: your county councillor; members of OCC’s Transport Advisory Panel; members of OCC’s Education Scrutiny Committee; and members of OCC Cabinet who will decide on the proposals on 4th February.
At a time when the county is once again facing ruinous floods, an indirect result of climate change; and when many Oxfordshire towns are already congested or even ruined by excess private transport: these proposals seem to be the exact opposite of anything that the council should be suggesting. So whatever you can do to help out will be appreciated!