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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

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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.

Air Pollution in Basingstoke

NEW! 6th Jan 2018: We have started an online petition addressed to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Environment portfolio holder, stating that “We want cleaner air in Basingstoke”.  Link to petition is here.

We are aiming to have a presence at the next meeting of the Council’s Community, Environment and Partnerships Committee, on Wed 17th January 2018 at 6.30 pm – link to agenda page.

Basingstoke bypass on a winter morning, January 2018.

Sept 2017: Over the last few months BTN has been producing a report on the high levels of air pollution that exists in our town. In some parts of the town air pollution is already at illegal levels.

Along with Friends of the Earth we installed 14 air quality monitors all around the Town.  The results confirmed what the Council has already found – that in key areas air pollution is above legal levels.

Cars trying to join Basingstoke bypass on a winter morning, January 2018.

The Gazette has already reported on it.  See their report here. We have produced a report of our findings.  Our full report is here.

Overall we found 9 sites across Basingstoke where air quality levels might be below the legal limit. Whilst our results are not conclusive they do show that we, like other growing towns, have an air quality problem.

These are the results. The sites in red and orange are above legal limits for air pollution.

As part of Basingstoke Green Week we will be hosting a public meeting on air quality and what can be done about it. We and FoE will be there. We have invited local politicians to be there as well. The meeting will be on Thursday 21st Sept at Brookvale Hall 7pm.

 

 

General Election 2017 – queries for candidates

We expect our local MP to think nationally and act locally.  Hence we pose to candidates almost the same questions as to Hampshire County candidates on 4th May:

1. 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 deaths a year are linked to air pollution.
1(a) Is pollution an important issue for you?
1(b) What steps would you take to reduce pollution locally?

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 borough, the county and the UK should reach the target?
2(b) How will you engage with the public and local and national business to reduce pollution and increase renewable energy production?