A packed audience responded with enthusiasm to a talk by guest speakers from HAB Housing on "Building Low Carbon Housing" on 21 February at the Winchester Discovery Centre at a meeting organised by WinACC and Friends of the Earth Winchester.
Winchester City Council is reviewing its Licensing Policy for taxis (technically "Hackney and Private Hire Vehicles, Drivers and Private Hire Operators" and welcome your comments by 2 March. You might want to suggest that taxis should produce as little greenhouse gas as possible.
Winchester City Council held a public consultation on its draft Air Quality Action Plan for the city centre. WinACC replied that the actions set out in the plan probably won't be enough to keep air pollution within legal limits by 2020.
The latest European Environment Agency report indicates that air pollution is responsible for over 500,000 premature deaths [pdf, p9] in Europe every year. The problem is especially serious in cities. Emssions from burning fossil fuels for transport is a major cause.
In February 2017, the website The Canary pubished a really useful roundup of what cities all round europe are doing to tackle the problem.
The 500kW community-owned wind energy project, Resilient Energy Severndale, was approved by Forest of Dean District Council's planning committee in August 2015. This decision was then successfully challenged in the High Court by one objector. The project has been given the go-ahead for a legal appeal.
Please support this important legal action which will affect community renewable energy schemes nationwide. They need £10,000 for a legal review.
The Local Plan for the Winchester District (Part 2) has passed inspection. Local Plan Parts 1 and 2 together provide a strong planning policy for the District, setting out areas for growth and those to be protected, together with a comprehensive suite of policies to guide individual planning applications.
The Yorkshire campaign against fracking has raised their initial target of £5,000 before the deadline! So they can go ahead with the Judicial Review of Government decison on fracking.
The aim of the case is to prove that fracking should be banned because central government at Westminster is sacrificing our health, the UK countryside and climate stability for the short term benefit of dirty fracking companies.