Most town centre businesses who responded to a Hebden Bridge Retailers’ survey take a positive view of IncredibleEdible Mytholm’s proposed Growing Futures sustainable, community-owned food business on the Mytholm Works site. Comments from town centre businesses include, “Looks great,” “ A fantastic idea, especially the hotel that will attract more visitors,” “…a visitor centre would help focus the interest..,” “Excellent stuff, much preferable to the supermarket/hotel proposal.” “Brilliant!” Continue reading
The community wind turbine in Blackshaw Head has received its first Feed In Tariff payment. £1611 covered the period November and December 2012. This was for the generation of 5444 kWh of electricity, said Paul Wilson, treasurer of Pennine Community Power (PCP) – a Community Benefit Society with 65 members.
Incredible Edible Mytholm (IEM) members and supporters braved the snow on Sunday afternoon to deliver Hebden Bridge Retailers Survey questionnaires to 77 town centre businesses.
The survey aims to find out what impacts businesses think the proposed supermarket and hotel development at the Mytholm Works site will have on them and their local suppliers. IEM is carrying out the Survey with assistance from Chris Beebe, the Coop’s Planning Manager North.
As previously reported, Blackshawhead Environmental Action Team (BEAT) has been working with British Gas to have heavily-discounted air source heat pumps (ASHPs) installed in local houses which are not connected to mains gas. Finn Jensen of BEAT says,
“The British Gas ASHP offer is not just for Blackshaw Head so if anyone else who is not on mains gas is interested we will forward that to British Gas.”
Extended deadline means there’s still time for a free survey
The deadline for the installation of an air source heat pump with a discount of around £10,000 has now been extended by the government to the end of March 2013. So if you’re off the gas mains and want a free survey of your house to see if it’s suitable and to get a quote for the discounted installation cost (usually around £5-6,000) please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number(s).
Here’s a slideshow of Blackshawhead Environmental Action Team and helpers planting a shelterbelt for the new community orchard near Jack Bridge, Colden, on Sunday 23rd September.
And here are Christina from Treesponsibility and Finn from Blackshawhead, talking about the tree planting and plans for the community orchard, recorded in the orchard together with the sounds of the tree planting – and the wind….
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People were keenly interested in the launch of two new electric vehicle hire schemes in St George’s Square today. Ride+electric assist bikes for hire Electric bike hire is now available in the Calder Valley, from Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre. … Continue reading
News from Manchester Climate Monthly about (lack of) progress with Manchester Council’s climate change plan .
“A few fun facts;
The target for endorsements of that plan was 1000.
After two and a half years, the number of endorsers stands at … roughly 230 (including organisations that no longer exist).
Of those 230 or so endorsers the number that have actually produced their own Implementation Plan stands at… 2. (Manchester City Council and its offshoot Northwards Housing.)”
Oh dear. What’s going on?
At the 27th June DCarb Upper Calder Valley meeting, Emma Appleton, Calderdale Council’s Environmental Officer, gave an update on Calderdale’s Energy Future (CEF) Strategy since it came into effect on 1st April this year.
Work has been going on figuring out how to resource the commitments in the Strategy. The role of the new Calderdale Energy Future Panel is now clear and Calderdale Council is calling for members.
The kind of members Calderdale Council’s looking for
Calderdale Council is looking to appoint ten CEF Panel members. They will come from community groups, businesses (both small & medium enterprises, and large businesses), universities etc.