Basingstoke Transition Network wishes you a happy Christmas 2014 and a new year 2015 full of fulfilled good resolutions!
Some of our brave members and friends went to the 11th December meeting between Basingstoke Council members and the Local Plan Inspector, Mike Fox (appointed by the Secretary of State). Three spoke and pushed our points:
- Enough low-carbon-emission housing for the projected growth of households;
- A carefully-considered cycling plan;
- Preservation of biodiversity, green spaces and country park in the Manydown estate;
Maria Miller MP was also present and aired concern about the plan’s effect on the pollution level of the River Loddon.
The inspector’s summary mostly emphasised his concern that the Council has underestimated the need for housing, and that the plan is not sustainable. For the full report and his subsequent letter setting out his points, go to http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/browse/environment-and-planning/planning/emerging-local-plan/localplanexamination.htm
Good news – BTN and partners Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and other groups will be holding another Green Week in 2015, because this year’s was so successful. Dates: 19th to 27th September 2015.
Do you or does your organisation want to take part? Let us know: email@example.com
And we are looking for a volunteer co-ordinator – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Details below.
A great big thank you to all those who helped organise this – particularly Serena, Malc and Lucy. It wouldn’t have happened without these wonderful people.
Now – we need your feedback! What did you enjoy most about Green Week? Which activities did you go to? Were they well attended? Which didn’t you go to, and why not? We are planning next year’s Green Week and we want to offer more of what you would like to see to make our Borough greener and encourage people towards the transition to a greener lifestyle all round.
To remind yourself of the 23 amazing events see Green Week Programme
The petition to “decouple Saunders Field from unconsulted development” is at
It is important for the Council to show that together we can improve water collection, conservation, enhancement and extraction within an accessible natural green space for conservation and leisure. This would also satisfy the UK Environment Agency EU Water Framework Directive delivery expressed within a Loddon Catchment Based Approach River Basin Managment Plan.
BTN members submitted the following responses to the proposed Local Plan by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
local plan submission by member of BTN
comments by another member, 3 Oct 2013
The draft Plan is available at:
In addition, members of BTN attended the meetings of the Council Planning and Infrastructure Oversight and Scrutiny Committee on 14th November and 30th January, and made the following points:
1. The targets for house building in the Plan cannot be met unless the disposal of sewage for the borough is radically re-thought, e.g. with anaerobic digestion and reed beds;
2. Environmental assessments of planned developments should be commissioned independently of the developers, although paid for by them;
It’s a question that gets asked a lot. What is this Transition thing all about? What exactly is it that you guys do? Who’s in charge? Do you really expect to make a difference? And – most importantly – why should I care?
The one-line answer is that a Transition Initiative is “a place where there’s a community-led process that helps that town/village/city/neighbourhood become stronger and happier”.
The concept of a ‘Transition Town’ was first created by a guy called Rob Hopkins and some of his friends in the town of Totnes in Devon. Rob was a permaculture teacher, and had become fascinated with the response of communities facing a decline in the supply of energy, due to peak oil. Out of Totnes the Transition Network grew, and there are now Transition Initiatives in the shape of cities, villages, counties, islands, institutions, sports teams, and many more. Continue reading
We’re excited to announce the launch of a revamped website for the Basingstoke Transition Network. It was time to retire the old site, as lovely as it was, and upgrade to a site that was slicker and more advanced.
You’ll hopefully find that the new site integrates our social media activity much better, and we’re hoping to provide more dynamic content, which should be fresher and more up to date. More people will be able to add more content, so you’ll be seeing a wider range of views coming from BTN members and partners on display here.
Keep an eye on our events page for details of what we’ve got coming up, and as always contact us if you have anything you think we need to know.
Please also contact us for details of our regular meetings.