Grants available for Community Support Initiatives

If you are involved in a Community Support initiative during this pandemic,  here is your opportunity to apply for a funding award.  
Message from Western Power:

Western Power Distribution offers festive community support grants of up to £1,500

With the festive season approaching at the end of a difficult year, the region’s electricity distribution network company, Western Power Distribution, is extending its ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’ to offer help to the most vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 and in need of additional support at this time.

WPD is inviting charities, community groups and local authorities to apply for awards of up to £1,500 to support initiatives such as those offering food and clothing parcels and hot meals, as well as gifts and support to vulnerable children, adults and the elderly over the winter holidays.

Phil Swift, Western Power Distribution CEO, said: “We all know that the festive period is going to be different this year but, for some, the effects of the pandemic will hit particularly hard and make this time incredibly difficult. I’m delighted we’re able to extend our commitment and play our role in supporting our communities through this challenging time.

“Our grants have already delivered a welcome boost to a wide range of organisations from large city hospitals to smaller community groups. As winter approaches, we are recognising initiatives that work hard to spread a little festive cheer and practical support amongst those that need it most. By the end of 2020, WPD will have contributed £1million to many immensely worthy causes, and I can say – hand on heart – that every penny will have been money well spent.”

To date, grant-funded initiatives have directly benefited thousands of people impacted by the emotional, social and economic impact of COVID-19 across the breadth of the WPD network, with £750,000 awarded to 463 organisation so far this year already.

Applications for the ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’ are welcome from registered charities, community groups and councils within the WPD distribution network area.

The application form is available from the WPD website www.westernpower.co.uk/ITT-festive-fund<https://westernpower.cmail19.com/t/j-l-ajyduiy-tkhdthjiuh-y/>  and the closing date for submissions is Sunday 15 November. Applicants will be notified as to whether their application has been successful or not by the end of November.

Please feel free to share this information within your community. We welcome applications up to £1,500 but no funding request is too small.

Apply for the fund<https://westernpower.cmail19.com/t/j-l-ajyduiy-tkhdthjiuh-j/>

Could you help Larkhall become a ‘Liveable Neighbourhood’?

B&NES have been consulting on their proposal for Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bath.
You will find a summary of the council’s plans in their consultation document here:
https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2020-09/Liveable%20Neighbourhoods%20Summary%20Brochure.pdf
These two sentences from the document are particularly relevant:
“The aim is to reduce the dominance of vehicles in residential areas –
particularly through-traffic – while maintaining vehicle access to
homes and businesses. This can be done through a range of measures
including vehicle restrictions, traffic calming, one-way streets and
residents’ parking zones”
Residents are able to request the council to consider their community
area for a Low Traffic Neighbourhood. Some additional information
about this process from the document is here:
https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2020-09/Appendix%20D%20-
%20low%20traffic%20neighbourhood%20proforma.pdf

Camden Residents Association intend to propose a bus gate in Camden
Road. They are preparing a submission to the council for this and have
invited us – at Transition Larkhall – to work with them to plan for a better environment for both Camden and Larkhall.
Would any of you, who are residents of NE Bath, be interested in
joining a small group to investigate the possibility of submitting a
proposal under this scheme? Unfortunately, we are not able to have a
public meeting to discuss this. However, we will be having further discussions with Camden Residents’ Association. 
We will keep you all informed on the progress of these meetings and in the
meantime please do contact us at any time at Transition Larkhall <transitionlarkhall@gmail.com>

Parking on pavements – what do you think? Your chance to give your views in a government consultation

The Department for Transport is holding a national review and a consultation seeking views on three proposals to tackle pavement parking in England outside London. 

In London pavement parking has been banned (with a small number of exceptions on some narrow streets) since 1974. 

This consultation is open to the public and is running until 22nd November 2020.  Further details on the proposals and how to respond are available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking/pavement-parking-options-for-change

Please complete the survey, it’s important that your views are heard.

Liveable Neighbourhoods consultation

B&NES Council have extended the deadline for the online consultation on Liveable Neighbourhoods until  Sunday 18th October. Follow this link for information and the survey – please complete it,  and pass on to anyone else in B&NES
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Bath & North East Somerset Council has developed three strategies to achieve liveable neighbourhoods, which aim to improve air quality and health, encourage more walking and cycling and reduce vehicles in residential areas.

The three liveable neighbourhoods strategies are:

  *   Low traffic neighbourhood strategy
  *   Residents’ parking schemes strategy
  *   On-street electric vehicle charging strategy
Councillor Joanna Wright said: “To improve both air quality and public health, we need to create neighbourhoods in which people can safely walk and cycle and reduce our reliance on cars. We believe it is possible to do this at the same time as maintaining vehicle access to homes and businesses. By reconsidering how we use our streets, we can transform community spaces and support local businesses to thrive. These are ambitious strategies but it’s important that we hear people’s views to get liveable neighbourhoods right for everyone. Please have your say by responding to our consultation.”  

Liveable Neighbourhoods

The Council has produced a website where people can say what improvements they would like to see to roads, cycle tracks and pavements to make it easier for people to walk and cycle safely. It’s really easy to use, with a map where you just drop a pin where you want to comment. You can also approve the comments that are already there.

It’s not obvious what the closing date is for this consultation, so now while we’re still locked down and the weather’s not so lovely would be a good time! Let them know what you think!

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