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Rachel Bodle
Dec 03, 2022
In General Discussions
The latest email received from the campaign to stop planning approval for this incinerator is reproduced with links to the attachments here: Dear Supporters A few weeks ago planning advised that it was very likely that the Strategic and Technical Planning Committee would be deciding this application on the 22nd December. Various bodies have objected to this date. However, yesterday this fixture became more concrete and you should all soon receive a personal notification from Dorset Council Democratic Services, possibly on Tuesday. Rest assured that we have 7 excellent speeches prepared to cover the various interrelated aspects which are all dovetailed in with the 7 Portland Association representations. There will also be slots for independent speakers arranged direct with Democratic Services. We have asked Richard Drax MP if he would make time in his very busy schedule to also contribute. In order that there is limited repetition of the issues we are all asked to be careful not to exhaust the Committee by endless repeats. If you are wondering if we have overlooked and want to be sure that a particular issue is covered I should be happy to respond to any email questions of this nature. These 14 speeches will be refined once the planning case officers report and recommendation is published a week before the 22nd. The Committee will be held starting at 9am in the main Council Chamber and there will be a limit to 60 public attending, on a first come first served basis. The site visit by the Committee has already taken place. You will be heartened to know that there is a new and very detailed Objection from Dorset Council Landscape Architect 21.11.22 stating “I object to these development proposals due to their resulting significant landscape and visual impacts.” Which completely sets aside the Tetra Tech submission on the same issue written a year ago. due to recent changes in who is the Secretary of State for the Party to the UNESCO Convention we sought action from the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP who replied promptly and this letter has been included in the planning file. His reply states “there has been no change to the status of the application, the Jurassic Coast Trust’s view that the proposals would negatively impact the World Heritage Site as a result of this proposed development within its setting is still shared by Historic England and DCMS. Many thanks once again for your interest and passion in protecting our nation’s heritage”. We have thanked Richard Drax for reinforcing our requests to these Parties. donations are still coming in and we whole heartedly thank those wonderful people, THANK YOU. And then there is the reality that Powerfuel Portland are still working to achieve their goal. There has been new information presented to the Environment Agency in respect of Fire Prevention provisions under Schedule 5 process and public Briefing 10 dated 25.11.22. This we have yet to unpack and respond. We have asked the EA to hold their review till we have completed this task. The EA response is that “There is not a formal consultation for this update and therefore no cut-off date. If you do have any comments or queries you can direct them to our permitting team via email: PSCpublicresponse@environment-agency.gov.uk.” “There would be a further formal period of consultation if we arrived at a ‘minded to issue’ draft decision for the application.” We will be sending in our observations and if anyone else does too that will add to the EA task with time to digest . . . . .and more EA fees for the applicant to pay – we hope. So on we go. Such a busy time all we want for Christmas is . . . . . yes a refusal - so clearly written that an Appeal is seriously a no-hoper. Seasons greetings and all the very best Paula Klaentschi Coordinator on behalf of: www.stopportlandwasteincinerator.co.uk https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stopportlandwasteincinerator https://www.facebook.com/stopportlandwasteincinerator we are objecting to this planning application https://planning.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=386721 and EA Permit application no: EPR/AP3304SZ/A001
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Rachel Bodle
Nov 29, 2022
In General Discussions
Following recent exchanges with Dorset Council, the campaign for an improved Local Plan will be reviewing a revised plan of action, probably in January. Anyone who wants to get involved is invited to do so. The information here provides useful background. Extracts from email received 18th November from Giles Watt (wattsgft@gmail.com) who is currently coordinating the Dorset Deserves Better Alliance (of which Planet Shaftesbury is part). On 3rd November, 7 members of the Dorset Deserves Better Alliance (including Rachel Bodle of Planet Shaftesbury) met up with Cllr David Walsh at County Hall to discuss the Local Plan. I enclose an open letter to Spencer Flower which was sent today in response to that visit. I also enclose a copy of the questions and answers that were submitted to Dorset Council before the meeting. Please circulate these as you see fit. I will be sending a copy to all Dorset Councillors and all Town and Parish clerks. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. We intend to follow up this open letter with a brief Press Release next week. After this, it is our intention to write a new briefing paper with a revised plan of action for the Dorset Deserves Better Campaign. We will circulate this to all Alliance members and then call a meeting of the Alliance - probably in January now. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions on this outline plan. Attachments: Copy of questions, & answers, related to the meeting with Cllr David Walsh Open letter to Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader of Dorset Council Reply received from Cllr Spencer Flower on 21st November Good morning Thank you for your open letter to me dated Friday 18 November 2022 the details of which are noted. I was aware that David has met with those who have put their name to the email below. He informed me that it had been a good meeting, which lasted for about 2 hours. David is adamant that all the concerns and questions set out in the attachments to your email have been answered, so I am not quite sure of the reasoning behind you again writing to me seeking answers to questions which you have already asked, for which comprehensive responses have been given. Officers have now commenced work on a comprehensive review of the draft Dorset Local Plan, which is scheduled to be put to members at Full Council in the third quarter of 2024, ahead of submission to the Secretary of State for an Examination in Public. This is in line with the revised Local Development Scheme, published and approved by Cabinet on the 4 October 2022. This decision was supported by a really comprehensive report to Cabinet, setting out the reasons for the extension of timescale and key milestones. There is nothing further to add other than to again acknowledge the constructive meeting which was held with yourselves and Cllr David Walsh earlier this month. The revised LDS timescales are extremely tight, but I had stressed the importance of getting the first Dorset Local Plan approved as soon as possible but most importantly, having considered the views of the 9,000 people who responded to the consultation back in 2021 and other more recent factors as set out in the report to the Cabinet on the 4 October. Thank you for your continued interest in the Dorset Local Plan, however there is little or nothing further to add at this time. As previously advised Cllr David Walsh is now the single point of contact on all matters relating to the Dorset Local Plan. Kind regards Councillor Spencer Flower Leader of Dorset Council
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Rachel Bodle
Nov 18, 2022
In General Discussions
Michael Dower died on 7th November. He was a co-founder of the Dorset Climate Action Network and over the past couple of years several of us encountered him in action on Zoom calls, some of us worked more closely with him on D-CAN projects and some of us met him in person at D-CAN events. I recently found out that Angela King and Sue Clifford knew him from way back when they were establishing Common Ground and he was the very supportive Chairman of the Countryside Commission. Following his death, Planet Shaftesbury was invited to contribute to a photobook tribute being compiled by his close associates in D-CAN for his wife Nan and their family. I replied with the following message: "Only a few individuals in the Planet Shaftesbury network had the opportunity to work with Michael Dower directly, more of us 'met' him in online meetings. Individuals' comments include 'inspiring' and 'a lovely man'. But there's much more than that. The greatest impact upon our work in Shaftesbury has come from the wider connections which Michael's co-founding of the Dorset Climate Action Network has made possible. Participating in D-CAN led us to invite representatives of other Dorset groups to contribute to Shaftesbury events as well as enabling some of us to collaborate with like-minded others from the wider Dorset community. We've been inspired and we've felt supported. It makes a difference. I'm sending two images, one of the programme for an extraordinary event we hosted in Shaftesbury which couldn't have happened without the contributions of several other D-CAN groups, and one photo taken at that event and showing the session addressed by Mark Chivers of Zero Carbon Dorset. I'm pleased to offer this as our tribute to the difference that Michael made."
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Rachel Bodle
Oct 18, 2022
In General Discussions
Steve Tonkin, adviser to the International Dark Skies Reserve at Cranborne Chase AONB, provided an engaging and informative talk at Shaftesbury Town Hall on 6th October. He has subsequently provided these two documents likely to be helpful for anyone wanting to check or improve their light fittings.
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Rachel Bodle
Aug 30, 2022
In General Discussions
Here is the latest flier showing proposed routes - including through North Dorset. Includes how to support the project. And here is a press release received on 16th September. Volunteers sought for ‘important’ project to save Dorset’s hedgerows An ambitious plan to create a continuous line of hedgerows across Dorset to correct the damage to nature of recent years is looking for local volunteers to make it happen. To be launched next week (17-24 Sep), the ‘Great Big Dorset Hedge’ project aims to cover the county in hedgerows from east to west and north to south in an attempt to recreate the ancient network that existed until the last century. The project, being promoted by Dorset Climate Action Network’s team looking to improve land use in Dorset, is aiming to set up a network of volunteers to walk the footpaths and trailways of Dorset to survey the hedges and provide data that will be fed into a comprehensive map of the whole county. The map will then be used to identify what exists, where hedges need help, and places where they need to be added to. Joint project coordinator Ian Duckworth said: “We have a team of talented people that have already set up a system to assess and map the condition of hedgerows across the county and input data into the map. We’re now looking for volunteers to walk the trails and survey the hedges. Volunteers would be provided with training, maps and survey sheets for the areas they plan to walk.” “In many areas of Dorset, hedgerows are well managed and are examples of what a hedgerow can be in terms of providing an extensive habitat for wildlife, reducing soil erosion, holding back flood water, providing shelter for livestock and crops and increasing carbon capture. But in some areas, hedgerows have been removed, lost from lack of maintenance, or have become overgrown and no longer form a hedge. It is these areas, where hedgerows are less of a feature, that the project aims to tackle to restore the landscape and enhance the existing connections enabling many kinds of wildlife to move within and across the county, greatly benefitting biodiversity.” The survey of existing hedgerows and areas where hedgerows would ideally be sited is only the first stage of the project. “Other trails which cross this will enable as many people as possible to contribute to their own areas,” said Julie Leah, joint project coordinator. “Each volunteer will be asked to walk lengths of the trail and document what is there and its condition. This can then be added to the map.” “In due course discussions with landowners will lead to hedges being planted, gaps filled or hedges re-laid, as the surveys recommend and funding and volunteer planting groups are available. Our vision is to have a fully mapped system which can tell us where hedges need support.” “It’s hoped the project may lead to increased employment for hedge-layers and experts in the field of hedgerow maintenance. As a separate part of the project, everyone is welcome to add any newly-planted or improved hedgerow to the growing GBDH map.” “The Great Big Dorset Hedge is an important long-term project” said DorsetCAN organiser Jenny Morisetti, “which will help to realise Dorset CAN’s vision of a more biodiverse, sustainable, and carbon-rich landscape as well as being a wonderful opportunity for individuals to learn about our local hedgerows and enjoy being involved in helping to improve the countryside.” “Starting the project this year along the 160km (100 miles) of the Jubilee Trail is also an appropriate way of recognising the important contribution to tree planting made by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll and in particular The Queen’s Green Canopy”. The project also links in with other hedgerow projects such as the Council for the Preservation of Rural England’s ‘Hedgerow Heroes’ and The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species ‘Healthy Hedgerows’ campaigns. To find out more about how to assess hedgerows, the mapping system and more information on what makes a healthy hedge go to our website www.DorsetCAN.org/hedge. Or to join the project or contact us go to greatbigdorsethedge@gmail.com.
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Rachel Bodle
Jul 24, 2022
In General Discussions
This message has come from Shaftesbury Refugee Group Dear Friends We have approached a partner charity, DonateIT to help supply the tech needs of displaced families that have come to our area. Our partner can recycle your old tech and prepare them for use by displaced people who left their homes with little, and who are setting up again. If you have some old tech we can make use of it. If you are concerned about your data, our partner is fully able to securely handle the cleaning and resetting of your tech before it is used again. The charity is a part of Blackmore Ricotech and the Director is known to us. If you do have something to donate then all you need do is the following: For an Apple device remove it from from any iCloud account and FindMyDevice For Android phones and tablets have passwords/patterns removed (or even better do a factory reset) Drop your device off at the locations here We do hope you can help and appreciate your support. Kind regards Stuart Stuart Twiss Trustee Shaftesbury Refugee Group +44 7340934921 https://www.shaftesburyrefugeegroup.org Shaftesbury Refugee Group is a network of local people offering help to refugees and the communities that support them.
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Rachel Bodle
Jul 21, 2022
In General Discussions
I'm sharing a tip offered by Chris Goodall who was very well received when he spoke in Shaftesbury pre-pandemic and was amongst the speakers on a Zoom meeting that discussed energy security in Dorset last week. Chris has encountered a company called The Heating Hub (www.theheatinghub.co.uk) They offer heating advice only, no association with any product manufacturers or energy company. And their tip for cutting gas bills by 6-8% is free and of use to anyone with a condensing combi boiler. See more in this video https://youtu.be/T022zY9I__0 or the pdf below.
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Rachel Bodle
Jun 23, 2022
In General Discussions
Is the green transition happening???? Two job opportunities in a week. This one's with Shaftesbury Town Council: Link to vacancy for Environment and Open Spaces Manager
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Rachel Bodle
Jun 20, 2022
In General Discussions
Planet Shaftesbury received this from the Dorset Climate Action Network. Dorset Climate Action Network (DorsetCAN) is looking to appoint a: Project Coordinator & Public Engagement Specialist Part time – 24 hours per week, £25 per hour for an initial contract of 18 months. DorsetCAN is a network of community groups and individuals working together for a shared vision of a clean, green, sustainable Dorset. We are seeking somebody with a passion for community action on climate change and a drive to make things happen! Somebody with experience of: managing projects and associated budgets organising and delivering public engagement events and activities working with volunteers Application deadline: 14th July 2022. Applicants will be considered before the closing date as we aim to have this position filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. Job description and to apply see website https://www.dorsetcan.org/
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Rachel Bodle
Jun 20, 2022
In General Discussions
Several people from the local area joined in Dorset's first youth climate conference which brought participants ranging from 10-25 years old together with Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset, as well as councillors from both Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. You can see the write up in the Dorset Echo here: https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/20204702.young-people-dorset-say-climate-change/ Will Austen of Fontmell Magna was one of the coordinators and sent us this report: On the 7th of June, the Youth Group of the Dorset Climate Action Network (DorsetCAN) hosted their first Youth Climate Conference. In attendance, over Zoom, were local young people from schools including Port Regis and St. Mary’s Marnhull along with councillors from Dorset and BCP councils. Headed by Maya Turner and Will Austen, two members of the Youth Committee at DorsetCAN, the objectives of the conference were threefold: to educate one another on the current state of climate change, to discuss existing local initiatives in place to address climate change, and to consider further progress that can be made in local climate policy to mitigate the environmental impacts of our consumption and broader activity. As a new arm of DorsetCAN, the Youth Conference began with Maya Turner introducing the core values of the Youth Group: Educate, Inspire, and Unite. All those in attendance recognised the importance of collective action in addressing such a serious issue as climate change, and so establishing a sense of collective responsibility from the outset created a strong foundation from which further ideas could be discussed. Then, engaging the young people in attendance through a series of multiple choice questions, members of the conference were given an indication of the overarching sentiment towards climate change. The results revealed that as a collective, we feel that climate change is deeply worrying issue and that policies in place to address it lack a sense of urgency necessary to drive real change. Next, Will Austen provided the group with an overview of the existing state of climate change, alongside existing attempts at the international level to gain consensus on the best action to take to reduce it. Focusing in on the climate emergency in Dorset county, Maya outlined the Climate Action Plans of Dorset and BCP councils, recognising that they have made huge strides in addressing their own carbon footprints, but suggesting that not enough focus has been placed on encouraging non-council members of the county to do the same. A group activity titled ‘If I were an MP for a day’ gave attendees an opportunity to reflect on current climate policy and consider what more they feel can be done. The results of this exercise highlighted addressing fossil fuel based transport in Dorset as a major concern, and revealed an overwhelming desire to include local businesses in climate policy, so that the progress achieved is socially and economically inclusive. Finally, discussion was opened to the floor. Some fantastic questions were asked about environmental issues, ranging from use of commercial pesticides to provision of plastic packaging in local supermarkets. Finally, discussion moved towards successful but lesser known sustainable initiatives, which leveraged the unity of the group in increasing exposure to and education on these important measures. All in all, the conference was a huge success and, in the days following, I felt positive that so many like minded people placed equal importance on the climate issue. However, it also highlighted that not enough is being done, and that this is the start of a tough journey that will require more widespread engagement if we are to come together and deliver on plans to tackle this issue effectively. Will suggests that anyone looking to join should email Dorsetcan@gmail.com
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Rachel Bodle
Jun 04, 2022
In General Discussions
This week's New Scientist leads with a strongly worded critical editorial about the fashion industry. It starts with: "FOR an industry that supposedly thrives on creativity, fashion has been appallingly slow to innovate to reduce its distinctly uncool environmental footprint. On all three fronts in the planetary crisis – climate change, nature loss and waste – manufacturers and retailers of textiles and clothing could, and must, do better. Their carbon emissions are enormous, thirst for raw materials unsustainable and waste management systems rubbish. As just one example, every year we send 350,000 tonnes of clothing to landfill in the UK." and goes on to say consumers must "... shoulder a large portion of the blame, gladly stuffing our wardrobes with cheap, shoddy and unsustainably manufactured garments, destined to be worn a few times and then unceremoniously dumped. Most people on Earth participate in this grotesquely wasteful cycle, helping to make clothing one of the most environmentally destructive industries." The magazine points out that we have a lot of influence: "If patterns of demand change, such as shifting to brands that run buy-back schemes for unwanted clothing, the industry will respond. More powerfully, we can simply choose to wear our clothes for longer. Keeping a garment for an extra year can cut its environmental footprint by 30 per cent. That, of course, requires a shift in our mindsets. But such things can and do happen. A few years ago, plant-based diets were the choice of the unconventional few. Now they are commonplace. We need the same revolution to happen when it comes to clothing choices. Here’s to a make-do-and-mend mindset becoming mainstream – and even fashionable." Loved reading this in the week that Shaftesbury's monthly sustainable fairtrade & vintage clothing market and Repair Revolution Cafe are raising their profile!
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Rachel Bodle
Feb 25, 2022
In General Discussions
Have just received this poster which explains more about the Dorset-wide campaign.
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Rachel Bodle
Feb 17, 2022
In General Discussions
Planet Shaftesbury has been forwarded this newsletter. Would anyone like to be our point of contact for this inspiring initiative? After a great end to 2021 for the Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community, we thought we would take this opportunity, at the beginning of 2022, to tell you more about our amazing Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors (scroll down to view them) are individuals, businesses or groups that don’t serve / use / sell food products, but want to show their support to the campaign to make Dorset the world’s first sustainable palm oil county. They have spread the news of our campaign through a wide range of methods including: social media (Lizzie at ethical PR Warrior Agency), blogs (Dorchester BID), articles (Louise Stevens of Stevens.Earth), setting up meetings (Gwyn Jones of Association of Sustainability Practitioners; and lots and lots of introductions (all of the above plus Tammy from Wimborne BID). In addition, Sustainable Dorset has helped spread news of the project by publishing our November newsletter on their website, DorsetCAN (Climate Action Network) has welcomed us as a member of their network, and Planet Wimborne has offered their support to the campaign. Thank you to you all – we really appreciate all that you do. Please contact me if you or your group would like to become an Ambassador. So what has happened in January: We are delighted to announce our 7th school - Piddle Valley First School – has signed up to the Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community and are in the process of checking their supply chain. We have provided the email template, and they are using it to ask their lunch provider if there is palm oil in any of their food, and if so, is it sustainable. The Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury and The King’s Arms in Dorchester have written about their involvement in the Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community on their website – check out the Grosvenor Arms’ website (scroll down – you can’t miss it!) Thanks to Mrs Fearn of St Mary’s Catholic First School in Dorchester, I was invited to speak to all of the DASP (Dorchester Area Schools Partnership) first school headteachers. It was a great opportunity to tell them all about the project, and why it is so important to switch from conventional to sustainable palm oil in the children’s hot lunches. I also told them about the great educational resources that are available on the Chester Zoo website, in particular looking at conservation and sustainable palm oil, covering all Key Stages, across the National Curriculum including English, maths, science, art and music. Includes videos, activities, at home, at school, and a teachers’ pack. Further educational resources are available on the Edsentials website with a wider remit around climate change, including protecting natural habitats, weather and climate, as well as plastics. This was part of the COP26 School Resource Pack. We have worked with all of our pledged champions on their progression, supporting them in asking their suppliers what products / ingredients contain palm oil in, and whether it is sustainable palm oil. Lastly, the news of our campaign continues to spread through lots of meetings but also a great article in the local Ashley Cross magazine, the Ashley Cross Link. The Guardian newspaper also picked up on the Sustainable Palm Oil Communities project – unfortunately Dorset wasn’t mentioned, but other communities including Oxford, Plymouth and Mochdre, the little village in North Wales were! We are still trying to get some champions in Poole, Sherborne, Swanage, Wool, Wareham and Lyme Regis so please pass this newsletter onto anyone who might be interested in those areas (or anywhere else in Dorset!) Number of the month: 1,693. This is the number of students our 7 schools that have pledged to be champions have between them. Five of the seven schools are within the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership. If you have any questions about joining our campaign and becoming a Champion or an Ambassador, please email me. Also, if anyone is interested in us running a short webinar or having a virtual coffee morning chat about palm oil, our Dorset project and why sustainable palm oil is so important in reducing carbon emissions, stopping workers being exploited and protecting rainforests and peatlands, please let me know. Best regards Lucy Lucy Cullinane Operations Director of Efeca Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community T: 01305 261050 E: dorsetsustainablecommunity@efeca.com W: https://www.efeca.com/our-work/dorset-sustainable-community/
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Rachel Bodle
Jan 08, 2022
In General Discussions
Ed Bersey has offered to add a list of people willing to share their experience or expertise to the Resources section of this website. Could you give a talk? Do you have experience you could share informally (eg. repairs, home energy, gardening for wildlife, how you travel, ... )? Is there something else you'd like to offer across our network? The list could be used not just by people in Planet Shaftesbury but by other organisations (such as Shaftesbury School), groups, or event organisers (eg. Artemis Festival). To make an offer please provide the following information as appropriate to Ed c/o planetshaftesbury@gmail.com Name: Image (optional): Brief bio - could include indication of area of expertise or experience, role, whether locally-based, keywords (as would be useful in a search facility): Contact details/arrangements: You can use c/o planetshaftesbury@gmail.com if you don't want your email or phone number to appear on the website. SPEAKER topics: EXPERIENCE TO SHARE: OTHER OFFER – eg. guided walks, practical workshop, citizen’s assembly … with indication of time/numbers as appropriate: Planet Shaftesbury connection/history: events where you've been a named contributor
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Rachel Bodle
Nov 26, 2021
In General Discussions
This letter received by Planet Shaftesbury on 13th Dec 2021 Dear friends, We are now moving rapidly to crystallise the basis of the Campaign for a Re-think of the Dorset Local Plan. We aim to launch the formal stage of the County-wide Campaign on Wednesday, 12 January 2022, starting with the submission of the Open Letter to Dorset Council. That letter will be distributed that day to the Press and other media, to all Councillors of Dorset Council to all Town and Parish Councils and - of course - to all Partners in the Campaign Alliance. Our aim is that the publication of that Open Letter will be the start of a surge of actions, which will build cumulative pressure on Dorset Council towards a Re-think of the Local Plan. That surge will depend upon action by all Campaign partner organisations and by the members of those organisations. With that in mind, we plan to hold a Zoom meeting of signed-up partners on Tuesday 11 January, starting at 7 PM. Before that date, we will circulate a short paper outlining ways in which the Campaign can be effectively driven forward, So, we now formally invite your organisation to agree to be a member of the Campaign Alliance; and to co-sign the Open Letter to Dorset Council. (The draft letter has now been deleted - see below for later version) Please will you confirm - as soon as possible and certainly no later than the evening of Thursday 6 January : - That your organisation will join the Campaign Alliance and will co-sign the open letter to Dorset Council - The size of your organisation in terms of number of members, supporters, followers or associated groups - Your intention to attend the meeting of partners on the evening of Tuesday 11 January. We look forward with great pleasure to working with you on this crucial campaign. It is enormously encouraging to find that there is a strongly shared wish to secure a Re-think of a draft Local Plan which - in its current form - could do so much damage to the County, fail to meet the needs of its people and undermine Dorset Council's own Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy. We believe that a vigorous County-wide campaign, impelled by many organisations and their members, can secure a Local Plan which will protect our precious heritage, meet the real needs of Dorset people and contribute to implementing the Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy Please will you will reply to all three of us - Peter Bowyer, Dorset CPRE Giles Watts, Dorset Climate Action Network Michael Dower, Dorset Climate Action Network Here is the earlier correspondence which was previously posted in this Forum under the title 'Re-thinking the Dorset Local Plan' The Dorset Climate Action Network (D-CAN) is working with CPRE to develop a strong case and secure a rethink of the draft Local Plan. Two papers were prepared for a pan-Dorset meeting scheduled for late November 2021. The papers are linked here so that Planet Shaftesbury people going to the meeting, or wanting to be involved, can see them. Planet Shaftesbury has previously joined with D-CAN to comment on the Draft Local Plan. Following the meeting we received the following letter which encourages our further involvement: 3 December 2021 from Dorset CAN and Dorset CPRE Campaign Team to All who attended, or were invited to, the second Pan-Dorset meeting on 30 November What a brilliant gathering it was on Tuesday evening ! 37 people representing a wide variety of organisations across the County, which between them have many thousands of members. We were delighted by the numbers that attended and the passion of your response ! It was inspiring to hear what motivates different groups to call for a rethink of the Dorset Local Plan. It was clear that our aims are shared - we all want a Local Plan for truly sustainable development that keeps our precious heritage and meets the real needs of Dorset people as they tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency. The meeting has given us an updated and rich insight into the campaigning that has already been done; and the skills and contacts which we can draw upon in the main collective part of the campaign, which will start in early January. The aim of that collective action is to build up the pressure on Dorset Council to Re-think the basis of the Plan before they produce an new version - which they plan to do in March or April. At the core of the collective campaign is a proposed Open Letter to Dorset Council, which we circulated in draft before Tuesday's meeting. Our aim now is to use the precious weeks before Christmas to assemble the Alliance of organisations who will co-sign the letter, and to complete the preparations for the formal Launch of the Campaign in early January. As the next step in this rapid process, we invite you please to send to us any comments that you would like to make about the draft Open Letter to Dorset Council; and the Outline paper which suggests how the campaign should be conducted. We attach those two documents (links above), and ask you - please - to send those comments to all three of us by close of play on Tuesday 7 December We will then produce updated drafts of these documents, and send them to you on or soon after 10 December. We will ask you to confirm, by 17 December that you are willing to join the Alliance, to take part in the campaign; and (we hope) to co-sign the letter to Dorset Council. We will then call a Meeting of the Alliance to be held on at 7pm on Tuesday 11 January 2022, in order to formally launch the main campaign. That meeting will agree the action that needs to be taken throughout the County in order to build up a head of public opinion which will really sway the Council to THINK AGAIN. Please will you reserve that date in your New Year diaries. We look forward to hearing from you if you have comments on the two documents. We are delighted to be working with you on this Campaign. From from now on, the momentum will rapidly build. With the energy and passion expressed at Tuesday's meeting, we can win thís fight Peter Bowyer, Dorset CPRE Giles Watts, Dorset CAN Michael Dower, Dorset CAN P.S. To set things rolling, we challenge each recipient of this note to speak to at least 10 people each week about the campaign. This is a good time of year to 'roll a snowball' !.
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Rachel Bodle
Oct 22, 2021
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Publicising this local initiative to support the people who're walking 500miles from London to Glasgow. Will be fun to join in!
October 31st: a walk to mark the start of COP26 content media
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Rachel Bodle
Aug 21, 2021
In General Discussions
This chart compares average household emissions for Shaftesbury & Gillingham.
Reducing your carbon emissions? Here's a local benchmark content media
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Rachel Bodle
Jun 07, 2021
In General Discussions
This Saturday, 12th June, Marnhull Green TEAMS (Taking the Environment Around Marnhull Seriously) has organised an 'Eco Trails' event. There is a map showing the trails for walkers or cyclists to explore the village, passing by nature spots and homes where the householders are willing to share their experiences of aiming to live greener - whether that's the pros & cons of wildlife-friendly gardening, an electric or hybrid car, air-source or ground source heating, or more. There are additional information stalls and refreshments available during the day. Full details in the leaflet downloadable below.
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Rachel Bodle
Apr 15, 2021
In General Discussions
On May 6th along with the referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan and election of Police & Crime Commissioner those of us in West Ward can vote for one of the two candidates to fill a vacancy on the town council. I asked each of them if they'd like to make a comment for our network and have pasted their replies below. From Virginia Edwyn-Jones Many thanks for your email. I have been thinking about your question and exactly what my priorities would be should I be elected. Initially, my mind went blank because I have never been a town councillor before and so there is so much to learn! About how it works, what the fundamentals are, how much scope there is for ideas/ progress/ innovation within the framework and precept. With so much to take on board, I don’t have too many clear cut ideas about what I want to achieve; I think that will become clear as I learn about what the council already has in hand and what goals it has already set itself. I would, firstly, be committed to getting on with the other Councillors and communicating as clearly, calmly and productively as possible! I will arrive with those subjects that are already close to my heart, such as the economic health of our town, protecting our heritage and the beauty of our town, together with enhancing those parts of Shaftesbury that are not in a conservation area. I’m very interested to find out what the Green Spaces group are up to, where all the new trees have been planted, what’s been planted and what else is planned. And of course, current and future developments – doing our utmost to hold developers to account, to ensure developers stick to the planning conditions of the development and that they deliver what they promise. None of which is within the gift of a town council of course, but we must exert as much pressure as we can on Dorset Council without alienating them. And as I write this, I am reminded that one of the reasons I don’t know is that it is not always clear what the town council has in hand and I have frequently commented to various councillors before that communicating their actions and what they are doing to fellow Shastonians is very important, so that’s something I would like to look at. Of course, that we know as much as we do is largely down to the brilliance of This Is Alfred, but I think the Council does more than people give it credit for and this should be known and understood more widely. I do have a few big ideas but I don’t think it would be prudent at this moment to discuss them – I would hate to sound presumptuous or arrogant in any way. There is so much to understand first, one topic of which of course is climate change and what our Council’s views and commitments to it are; whilst Dorset Council has acknowledged a Climate Emergency, how does that filter down to individual Councils? Does it filter down at all and if not, what actions could our Council take to contribute to reducing our waste and emissions? Whatever the answer to that is, it is crystal clear that such considerations must be at the very forefront of how our town evolves. I think that’s it for now. I hope that sounds OK, thanks for asking me! From Mike Madgwick Thank you for the contact regarding the West Ward elections. I would not necessarily describe my list as priorities, as in an elected body of 12 persons, one must constantly convince the majority on any particular position for that public body to pursue – thus the first thing is to enhance the level of reasoned and well consulted dialogue to focus on the issues, not personalities, to do that which delivers a sustainable set of results for future generations. I see a role on council and the role of council to do two things – direct the functions which are 100% within its gift to enhance our environmental activities/impact, and, on those items where the council is a consultee (be it designated statutory or courtesy), it become a valued voice of reason that is increasingly sought out as it speaks with a wisdom others respect as an advocate for the many changes we humans need to make to rebalance our relationship with the planet that sustains us – and all other life. Taking the items 100% within the control of council – this breaks down into assets the council owns and manages such as; open spaces, buildings and capabilities (such as say grounds team equipment). Much good work has occurred and we have much to be proud of, yet we cannot sit back, we can always do a bit more, be this extending where we can wildlife verges, diversified ecological spaces on council land, tree planting as a legacy, work on the common land, through to how the council uses hydrocarbon powered equipment, through to such things as buying ethically from power suppliers (i.e. do we currently use a renewable resources electricity supplier). On just fuel usage to hover over this in some detail; if I take the electricity that is stated in the council’s accounts to be from Southern Electric. The web-site shows that this utility supplier has only 51.9% of renewables (48.1% is natural gas): https://sse.co.uk/v3/assets/blt09078e271abddd45/blt04622618eb198f78/5f6e06c9981e5e4546772fb0/energy_fuel-mix.pdf?utm_medium=print&utm_source=sse&utm_campaign=online-energy&utm_content=fuel-mix&WT.mc_id=print%7Csse%7Conline-energy%7Cfuel-mix Ecotricity (I have no vested interest I hasten to add other than a desire to see us explore and change that which we can to benefit all) is billed as a 100% renewable electricity supplier....thus to show the council’s meaning – why not wake-up tomorrow morning and change suppliers? The point of progress does not have to be to Ecotricity – some more research is needed for reasoned decisions, yet we can send a message about how commitment turns into positive change. https://www.ecotricity.co.uk/our-green-energy/green-electricity?partner=GO1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpdqDBhCSARIsAEUJ0hOc9E55ge2lEn5qbBbnzZB06BhGocxuPHWXfFLQMSAeCVkxaM7Nx7saAlryEALw_wcB To push this point: Electricity supplier is something we can all change almost at the drop of a hat and it has meaning in delivering a positive change in consumption habits. Then turning to fuel – we use fuelGenie today - this is a fuel card savings scheme – yet does this drive to usage of reduced non-renewable hydrocarbons – today I do not know that detailed answer but I do know where to start asking questions and how to drive a solution as I illustrate with electricity supplier. There are increasingly hydrocarbon fuels with reduced refined oil content – can we migrate to these as a stepping stone away from dependency(?) Thus these are just two items that change rhetoric into positive outcomes on the theme of that which is 100% of one’s control as a public body. We can progressively become that exemplar of how a small parish makes quality positive choices. The many other items need the same level of debate and analysis along with the key ingredient of involving our public in each and every step of the journey. Involvement of the public then educates the second theme, that of being an influencer of standing – the list here is pretty long, so I’ll just limit myself to a few headlines...which I trust encapsulate the direction of travel I’d like to see us collectively take as society. A parish council being the lowest level of civil government, yet I would hope the most intimate with the needs of its community – today, tomorrow and those aspects that do not have a vote but rely upon us to discharge our long-term duty of care for environmental matters. So a headings list that each could be developed into major discussion point (from the major to the more immediately tangible) where the council can have a position that constructively challenges that which just gets gulped down in some quarters as what we must accept, as we are told that is all that is on offer: Housing development driven by true local need – knock these thoroughly discredited housing number algorithms on the head once and for all Sustainable housing standards that really have bite Development with associated sustainable infrastructure Connectivity – from making high speed broadband real for the many, through to transport that progressively lessens the need for non-renewable hydrocarbons, thus to Electric charge points (having enough of them to make a difference) so make planning rules a force for better change Vehicle sharing schemes in rural areas Best use of brown field and existing sites Sharing other local council resources to make sustainable assets more affordable Presumption against green field to re-use Public access to land for exercise and recreation and mental wellbeing Down to simple things like more allotment spaces to reduce waiting lists (which the council can take into its 100% capable of influencing list) Some items are said by certain politicians to be above our pay grade – I disagree – the debates and head of steam for change has to start somewhere and who better than the mass of the population who are increasingly wanting a different direction of travel to that which some parts of the political (and lobbying) establishment wish to guide us along. Frankly we have an eye watering array of choices on the ‘can constructively influence list’ and each needs attention – it will be for the voters to also show their active support in telling all layers of government that we cannot keep doing the ‘same old’, along with what they want as our priorities, these must be our priorities and ultimately I have always been of the view that when engaged, voters have an enviable knack of applying common sense and vision where some leaders become entangled in aspiring to mediocrity and failing in that lacklustre ambition. I trust this helps with illustrated enthusiasm (and practical example) as to why this is more than just a campaigning item – the issues are now no longer debates, they are in the must grasp now category.
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Rachel Bodle
Mar 19, 2021
In General Discussions
During 2019 we were holding relatively informal physical meetings in the Town Hall. They were on the 3rd Thursday of the month, started at 7.30 and lasted around 2 hours. We also hosted occasional talks that were promoted around the town and brought more people in. Bit more structure. Often also on a Thursday but we've used other nights. And then last year, just a year ago, everything changed. On 12th March we hosted a talk in the Town Hall by someone from the Dorset Waste Partnership. One week later on 19th March we had an online meeting on Zoom. Since then there have been short, relatively informal Zoom meetings almost every Thursday. The number of people joining in has been perhaps half the number coming to the Town Hall on a regular basis - but as with those physical meetings, people vary from week to week. Although lots of things seem to have stood still, there has been much change over the past year. There's a greater sense of urgency around responding to climate breakdown and the threats to nature. We've not remained inactive. We've kept in touch with one another in a variety of ways; some new people have joined in; there have been occasional carefully distanced events. And now we can start to think about how we want meetings to be when we can make them happen. At some point we could restart the monthly meetings in the Town Hall. When? We could arrange more public talks in the Town Hall ... or online? When? We could keep the Zoom meetings going - weekly? Or occasionally? Or in weeks when there wasn't a Town Hall meeting? We could have regular other meetings. A pub night - 'green drinks'? A cafe session - 'green teas'? A walk? At last night's Zoom meeting we bandied these questions around without reaching any conclusions. What do you think? What would work best for you? Do you want to help to host / convene / facilitate / or otherwise support any of these? Let's assemble ideas over the next few weeks and take time to adjust slowly! Please comment here ... Rachel
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