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Hampshire Climate Action Network Sat 13 Oct

Innovation Centre, Norden House, Basing View RG21 4HG (4EB for SatNavs)

Everyone who is actively working against climate change in their community
in Hampshire is welcome – there is no formal membership.

We aim to share experiences and news, learn from successes and failures, and
work together where appropriate. We hope to see you – 9.30am for setup and
introductions; business 10-12.30, then bring and share lunch.

It is informal workshop-style, no speakers, with own picnic shared lunch
afterwards to network. The agenda is set by you, so send the topics asap you
want to discuss to HCAN@winacc.org.uk.
Suggested Agenda Item:
How does one go about formally requesting an Air Quality Management Plan of
one’s Council?
Booking isn’t required but it is helpful to tell us if you plan to come so
we get the right number of chairs.
WinACC depends on gifts from supporters. Please help if you can – more here
<http://winacc.org.uk/node/3142>

 

Brookvale Sustainability Day, Sat 29th Sept

BTN is pleased to promote the Sustainability Day organised by our friends Brookvale Community Association, on Saturday 29th September (2018) at Brookvale Village Hall (RG21 7RP) from midday until 4 pm – see

http://brookvale.org.uk/public/documents/blurb/Blurb_78.pdf

It’s free, and there are tea and cakes too.  But the main reason to go is to see what you can do to decrease plastic pollution.

For directions to the hall (on Lower Brook Street) go to

http://www.brookvale.org.uk

Green Week Community Networking Evening

BTN and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council invite you to the Green Week Community Network Evening on Tuesday 25th September (2018) at 6.30 pm at the Civic Offices on London Road (RG21 4AH).  We have speakers about protecting the whole environment, focusing on the “elements”, land, air and water, and you or your group can join in discussing how we can work together to achieve this.

 

The Circular Economy – Café Scientifique special for Green Week!

Basingstoke Green Week is coming!

Basingstoke Green Week is this September, starting on Saturday 22nd with stalls in Castle Square, The Malls, and with many highlights including Brookvale Sustainability Day on Saturday 29th at Brookvale Village Hall (12 noon to 4 pm).

Get all the details from the GREENWEEK-fullprogramme brochure!

Or bookmark https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/green-week

Repair Cafe at Green Week

We are holding a Repair Cafe (https://repaircafe.org/en/)  during Green Week at Basingstoke Makerspace, Maritime House, 65 New Road RG21 7PW on Sunday 23rd September from 12 noon to 4 pm.  See the brochure for details; but just now we need REPAIRERS!  So:

Are you good and fixing stuff?

Are you keen to keep things out of landfill?

Makerspace are hosting an open evening Tuesday 11th September 7– 9pm to find repairers.  Please come!  or contact Makerspace at http://www.basingstokemakerspace.org.uk/contact-us/, saying you are interested in the Repair Cafe.

 We’d love help in the following areas:

Electrical

Mechanical

Laptops/Computers

Bicycles

Sewing

Furniture

Woodwork

Reception

If you have any skills in these or similar areas and would like to join our band of repairers, please just come along to this meeting or contact us at secretary(at)basingstoketransition.org (no hyphens).

Green Week stall volunteers wanted Sat 22/9

Basingstoke Green Week is 22nd-29th September 2018 and we have a good programme of events shaping up – watch this space for details!

As usual there will be stalls in Castle Square, The Malls, central Basingstoke (opposite the railway station) on Saturday 22nd September from 10 am until 4 pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help staff the BTN stall.  We will have some brochures and maybe some bananas to hand out, and our aim is to have conversations with the passers-by about green and Transition issues and encourage them to attend the Green Week activities during the week.

We will be setting up from about 8.30 am and packing up between 4 and 5 pm but any time you can spare would be good, particularly at lunchtime (1 pm).

Contact BTN Secretary (secretary AT basingstoketransition.org) with offers/queries.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Mon 21st May – “Air Pollution, Particulates and Health”

“Air Pollution, Particulates and Health” is the title of a talk to be given to Basingstoke Café Scientifique by Dr Matthew Loxham, a Fellow in Respiratory Biology and Air Pollution Toxicology at the University of Southampton.

He is coming to talk to us on Monday 21st May at the Tea Bar, London Street, Basingstoke 7.30 pm.  This is the latest CafeSci/BTN collaboration to bring you talks relevant to a sustainable future in Basingstoke.  BTN has invited local Councillors to attend this meeting to get useful background information for the Local Plan, Manydown and Horizon 2050 (three local planning projects on which BTN has engaged with the Council).

BTN will have a social meeting at 6.30 pm at the back of the Tea Bar (underneath the big TV screen).  Look out for us there!

CafeSci information is on its Meetup page at www.meetup.com/cafesci-basingstoke

AGM 2018 on Tues 15th May

Basingstoke Transition Network’s 2018 AGM will take place on TUESDAY 15TH MAY at 7 pm at Market Chambers, Wote Street, RG21 7QE (entrance opposite the Camouflage Shop, just behind the Willis Museum).

The AGM2018agenda includes a small change BTNconstitution13Jan2016proposedmods2018 to the constitution  BTNconstitution13Jan2016  to accommodate our observation of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We are also looking for volunteers for the officer roles of BTN.  Please let the secretary (secretary (at) basingstoketransition.org) have your name if you are interested, or any other pertinent business you want raised at the AGM.

After the AGM Tom Brenan, director of WinACC, will give a talk on his first year in this active and interesting job, from which BTN will take inspiration!

All are welcome to BTN’s AGM.

Two M3 Service Station proposals

Proposals for service stations at Junction 6 and Junction 7 of the M3, close to Basingstoke, have been made.  Both Maria Miller, Basingstoke’s MP, and the Borough Council Labour Party are opposed to these proposals; so is Cycle Basingstoke.

TWO petitions are doing the rounds.  One is an e-petition from Kim Taylor, Labour party, aimed at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and is at

J7

Maria Miller has instigated the second and it can be found, with explanation, at

https://www.maria4basingstoke.co.uk/news/basingstoke-mp-launches-parliamentary-petition-basingstoke-residents-against-motorway-service

Unfortunately it is a paper petition and you have to print it out and POST it to Maria  at The Mount, Bounty Road, Basingstoke RG21 3DD

Why is BTN in particular opposed to M3 service stations?  Maria, Kim and local residents give enough reasons on their webpages (above), but BTN’s specific reasons are:

  • Air pollution – the M3 is not recognised by Basingstoke Council as a source of air pollution, but when traffic is not flowing freely, which includes manoeuvring in a service station car park and accelerating after leaving the service station, it produces more pollution than when speeding by;
  • Modal shift – in the long run, the current model of transport in the UK, with private cars and commercial vehicles driven by human drivers and using fossil fuels and with long-distance road freight the norm, is unsustainable and incompatible with Paris Accord decarbonisation targets.  Building more service stations simply encourages the current model.

Borough Council’s Design and Sustainability SPD

“SPD” stands for “Supplementary Planning Document”, and this one contains some really good aspirations that BTN supporters should welcome.  The point is that we need to SAY that we welcome them, by 4 pm on Monday 19th March

https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/planning-policy-consultations
submit written comments by post to:
Planning Policy Team, Civic Offices, London Road,
Basingstoke, RG21 4AH.
submit written comments by email to:
local.plan@basingstoke.gov.uk

 

Some of the statements in this SPD are very encouraging and encapsulate BTN ideas and policies.  See here for some quotes from the document, on which to base your comments.

Note you will need to log on with your user name, or register, to access a copy of the document and use the online comment facility.