Garden waste management

A message from B&NES waste collection – to let us know that we can expect disruption on garden waste but normal waste is being given high priority with a view of maintaining normality This is obviously affected by staffing challenges so the intent may not always be met.

Trustees needed for BWCE Community Fund

The BWCE Community Fund is looking for three new Trustees, including a Treasurer, to get involved in deciding which local environmental projects will benefit from funds generated by our local renewable energy projects. The fund, which is a separate charity, is seeking applicants over 16 from all sections of the community for these voluntary positions. This will involve attending 4-5 daytime meetings a year, contributing to grant making decisions and helping the charity to make positive contributions to the local community.

More details can be found on our website at Trustee Vacancies.

Deadline for applications is Thursday 30th April.

Plastic survey (GCSE project) for local student

Dear Transition Larkhall,
I am currently in year 11 at Ralph Allen School and live in Larkhall. For my Design Technology GCSE I’m doing a project on reducing plastic waste.
As part of this I am asking people if they would fill out a short survey on plastics and what they feel are the best ways to reduce the use of this material.
Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B262THC

Thanks very much
Ethan Wilson

Help from local shops for people self-isolating during COVID 19 crisis

Larkhall shops are doing a joint delivery service to BA1 and BA2 postcodes. You simply have to call the shop(s) you want to purchase from to place your order, and it will be delivered the next day. Phone numbers for the shops are as follows:
Larkhall Butchers – 01225 313987
Larkhall Farm Shop – 01225 319968
Goodies Delicatessen – 01225 336033
Larkhall Deli – 01225 444634
Ma Cuisine – 01225 312959

Have your say – WECA consultations on walking and cycling, and buses

Local people are being encouraged to give their views on new plans to substantially improve walking and cycling in the West of England. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is running consultations on a regional Bus Strategy and a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) between 3 February and 15 March 2020.

The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan outlines £400m of infrastructure projects that could dramatically improve cycling and walking across the region and help to make active travel the preferred choice for shorter trips. This Local Cycling and Walking infrastructure Plan is one of the first steps to WECA identifying and securing future funding to make these projects a reality, and support and comments on our proposed interventions is key to ensuring we can deliver the best possible schemes.

The West of England Combined Authority, together with Bristol City Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council, is also simultaneously consulting on its Bus Strategy which outlines how the West of England authorities intend to double bus patronage by 2036. Both consultations can be accessed via travelwest.info/transportconsultations<https://travelwest.info/transportconsultations> For best results, open the consultations in a new window when offered the chance.

For those of you on Twitter you can share or retweet the following tweet twitter.com/travelwestEng/<https://twitter.com/travelwestEng/status/1224334222271205382?s=20> and use #CyclingandWalkingPlan
For those of you on Facebook visit https://www.facebook.com/travelwestEng

B&NES Council pass the Climate Emergency Motion

Last night B&NES Council passed the Climate Emergency Motion. At the meeting Cllr Lin Patterson handed in the petition that over 1350 members of the public had signed. Cllr Rob Appleyard proposed the motion with co-sponsor Cllr Mark Shelford. The decision was taken with overwhelming cross-party support.
Two amendments to the motion were tabled by Cllr Lin Patterson and Cllr Joe Rayment. These were both passed. The Labour amendment means that B&NES Council will not support expansion of Bristol Airport.

Councillor Appleyard, who proposed the Climate Emergency motion, commented:
“The vote sets us on a clear path of carbon reduction. Not only will we set our own house in order, but we will inspire others to act and create the conditions for them to do so. Tonight’s decision gives the next Council administration a great jumping off point to make the changes that are essential.”