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General Election 2019

CANDIDATES HUSTINGS & QUESTIONS

THURSDAY 28th November 2019 7:45-9:30 PM

CHRIST CHURCH, CHINEHAM, RG24 8LT

Basingstoke constituency candidates will speak and answer voters’ questions on: climate change, air pollution, energy and waste, and related subjects:

Jonnie Jenkins, Green

Kerena Marchant, Labour

Maria Miller, Conservative

Sashi Mylvaganam, Liberal Democrat

Alan Stone, independent

Chair: TBA.

PLEASE SUBMIT QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE TO:

secretary@basingstoketransition.org

The hall holds 150 people – arrive early to avoid disappointment. For access details see:

https://www.christchurchchineham.org.uk/about-ccc/access-and-special-needs

Basingstoke Transition Network exists to encourage the transition of the Borough to a low-carbon, low-waste community that encourages biodiversity and seeks climate justice.

Below is a link to a poster/flyer you can use for publicity:

BTN HustingsSPshortformA4-2019

12th December General Election!

Basingstoke Transition Network poses these questions to candidates for the election on 12th December 2019.

Important: if you want more information about voting (registering, applying for postal vote) go to https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/general-election-2019 )

1. Air Pollution
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) set out the dangerous impact of air pollution on health in the UK, suggesting that around 40,000 premature deaths a year are linked to air pollution.

1(a) What is your view on the causes of air pollution in the Borough and the UK as a whole?
1(b) What steps would you take as an MP to reduce pollution?

2. Energy
Basingstoke and Deane Borough meets only 1.8% of its energy needs from local renewables; Hampshire as a whole meets only 1.5%. The national target is 15% by 2020: this is also the target in the borough Local Plan.
2(a) How do you think the target should be reached, locally and nationally?
2(b) How will you engage with the public, business and government to reduce pollution and increase renewable energy production?

3. Climate change
Keeping average global warming to 1.5 degrees C will safeguard our planet from the worst effects of a 2-degree warming, but needs a 45% cut in global carbon emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. The government needs to revise the current long-term policy accordingly.
3(a) How will you personally set an example of reducing your carbon footprint?
3(b) How will you raise public enthusiasm for the big lifestyle changes needed across the Borough to achieve the likely national target?
3(c) How will you prepare for the effects of climate change so that they do not hit
poor and disadvantaged people both in the UK and worldwide disproportionately?

Green Week 2019 starts on 21st September

Basingstoke Green Week 2019, brought to you by BTN, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and partners, has an exciting programme starting on Saturday 21st September with stalls in Castle Square, The Malls, and ending on Monday evening 30th September with Cafe Scientifique, “Treatment for an enlarged carbon footprint” (7.30 pm, Tea Bar).

The programme is here: GreenWeekprogramme2019-10Mb.

A big highlight is Brookvale Sustainability Day, on the second Saturday, 28th September, at Brookvale Village Hall, Lower Brook Street RG21 7RP, starting at 12 noon, for which the flyer is at GW2019 Sat 28th Sep Sustainability Day V6.

And it’s time to think about leaving the car at home on Car-Free Day, Sunday, 22nd September – and give the flyer GW2019 Sun 22nd Sep Car Free Day V4 to your friends (btw if you are thinking of taking your car to London on that day, check https://londoncarfreeday.com/ ).

Finally, give some thought to One World Week  which this year has the theme “Climate Changes Everything – Now is the Time to Act”, and runs from 20th to 27th October, a month after Green Week.  Can you/your group/your class/your organisation do anything for it? 

Climate Emergency Motions – pack the gallery on 18th!

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is debating a Climate Emergency Motion at its full meeting on Thursday 18th July at 6.30 pm. This is a momentous occasion for Basingstoke Transition Network, but we need your support to encourage the Council not to water the motion down.  Every Councillor needs to see that the public supports decisive action against climate change.

https://democracy.basingstoke.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=143&MId=1441

has details of the meeting.  There are in fact THREE climate emergency motions, in order in the document: Labour, Conservative and Lib-Dem.  Please (a) WRITE to your councillor (find them at:

https://democracy.basingstoke.gov.uk/mgFindMember.aspx

(b) ATTEND on Thursday evening – you can just turn up – or, if you can’t make it, watch the webcast.

(c) While you’re at it, WRITE to your COUNTY councillor, because Hampshire County Council is also considering a Climate Change Emergency motion at its meeting on the morning of the very same day (Thursday 18th July, 10 am).  Follow links from this page for more information:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/councillors

Hampshire Climate Action Network and others are arranging a rally outside the Council offices in Winchester at 9.30 am.

 

 

BTN’s outline for a Climate Change Emergency motion

Hampshire County Council is debating a “Climate Emergency” motion today (Friday 17th May 2019), and one is  being considered for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.  We suggested at the 23rd April hustings that concrete targets for such a motion should include:

  1. The Council switches all its energy use to renewables by 1st January 2020, ie the council only buys the gas and electricity it uses from renewable suppliers;
  2. The Council stops buying any more petrol or diesel fuelled vehicles from 14th May 2019 and, as leases run out and vehicles are replaced, they are replaced by electric or other low carbon (e.g. hydrogen) vehicles;
  3. The Council from 1st January 2020 assesses the impact on air quality across the borough of every planning decision it takes;
  4. From 1st January 2020 no building in the borough is given planning permission unless the building meets the highest standards of sustainability e.g. code for suitable homes level 6 for domestic properties and BREEAM Excellent for commercial buildings;
  5. The Council re-invests some (e.g. £10 million) of the £151 million it has in “bank accounts” earning less than 2% interest into renewable energy projects earning a return in excess of 5%.

 

BTN’s 2019 AGM – 30th May at 7 pm at Market Chambers

Our 2019 AGM will take place at Market Chambers, Church Street (behind Willis Museum, opposite Camouflage Corner) (RG21 7QE) starting at 7 pm. Agenda and minutes of the 2018 meeting (to be approved by this meeting) are here and here. We will have a short talk on a subject of local interest after the AGM – details to be announced.

All BTN members, adherents and interested parties are invited to attend and to apply for office in one of BTN’s few formal roles (secretary, chair, treasurer).

Sheila Peacock, Secretary, Basingstoke Transition Network.

Successful hustings on 23rd April – now the elections are over, hold the Council members to account and take action ourselves as citizens!

The questions we posed before the meeting are here

The main thing is to get the Council to act as if there’s a climate emergency, regardless of whether it declares one. Councillors agree that we need a Local Plan with TEETH – “must” and “shall”-type words; and an environmental impact assessment with every plan. They agreed to look at preventing “resistance heating” i.e. inefficient electric convectors or “electric fires” being built into new homes. See the other suggestions in our report.

Tues 23rd April – Basingstoke Clean Air Campaign hustings

BTN encourages its followers and everyone who is concerned about air pollution and the environment in Basingstoke to come to the hustings being organised by Basingstoke Clean Air Campaign, at Christ Church, Chineham (RG24 8LT) at 7 for 7.30 pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. http://basingstoketransition.org/flyers-for-bcac-hustings-23-april-2019

Labour and Lib-Dem Councillors have accepted the invitation to attend, and we are in conversation with representatives of the Conservative and Green parties. We have asked the representatives to give answers to the following questions:

  1. What steps would you take locally as a councillor to reduce pollution? (AIR POLLUTION)
  2. How will you engage with the public and local business to reduce pollution and increase renewable energy production? (RENEWABLE ENERGY)
  3. We have just 11 years before climate change damage becomes irreversibly catastrophic according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. How will you achieve this? (CLIMATE CHANGE)
  4. What will you do to ensure that Basingstoke’s existing green spaces are maintained to protect local biodiversity. (BIODIVERSITY & GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE)
  5. What will you do to make sure that all future planning developments limit insofar as possible the damage to the biosphere. (SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT)
  6. What steps will you take to ensure we meet the goals of the Horizon 2050 in relation to generating all of the borough’s energy needs and consuming all the waste that we create. (RECYCLING)
  7. How do we build a “future-proof” transport infrastructure system fit for purpose for Basingstoke that meets the needs of the people of Basingstoke and taking into consideration environmental concerns. (TRANSPORT)
  8. What would you do to implement changes in order to improve the water quality of the River Loddon? (WATER POLLUTION)

Do come along; and if your local Council candidate comes to your doorstep before the elections on 2nd May, please ask them these questions, and send comments to BCAC on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/basingstokecleanair/