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REG Windpower wants to build two big wind turbines close to the junction of the M4 and the M48 near Olveston. Sustainable Thornbury supports the project. Here are the reasons we support this wind farm proposal. They have now applied for planning permission. There is a very active opposition group OWAG that has distributed leaflets and has been sending a stream of letters to the Gazette. The planning application (no. PT12/4071/F) can be seen on the South Gloucestershire Council website and you can respond there. Contact Alan or ring 01454-416778 for help. We encourage everyone to respond to the consultation, and to the Gazette letters.
We are about to start a major energy project to make a step change in Thornbury's net energy use. We want to set up an advice centre/shop, install some renewable energy generation, and start a scheme for people to see demonstration houses. It's all coming together, and we hope to launch about June.
In the mean time, we are already starting some work on energy topics. We are working on three strands initially:-
If you would like to offer your home as a demonstration home or help define, plan and set up any of this project then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camphill Thornbury Farm and Gardens Box Scheme is now running as a delivered box scheme, although you can still collect if you want to. The scheme (previously called Thornbury Harvest Co-op) is run by the Sheiling School and The Hatch in Thornbury. They grow biodynamic vegetables and deliver organic and biodynamic vegetables every Tuesday afternoon to the Thornbury area.
To contact them email or phone 07788 997488.
South Gloucestershire Council has published an important draft climate change strategy for the period up to 2015. It sets out proposed carbon reduction and renewable energy targets and six priorities for action. Action plans are proposed for each priority area. An open public meeting of the Environment Forum will be held on Thursday 24 January, 7:00pm to 9.00pm in Kingswood Civic Centre to discuss the proposals. If you would like to go please email email@example.com or call 01454 863870. Contact Alan or ring 01454-416778 for car sharing. If you can't come then (or if you have some spare reading time) have a look at the Strategy and respond with your thoughts at the consultation web page.
Sustainable Thornbury supports the South Gloucestershire climate change coalition. The coalition collected 750 signatures for a petition for the government to give more attention to the problem of climate change in the UK and internationally. The petition has been handed to local MPs Steve Webb and Jack Lopresti.
At an ST meeting in October, The Converging World and South Gloucestershire Council showed us local statistics on energy use on a public web site. The data gives gas and electricity use for some parishes, including Thornbury, and other data for South Gloucestershire. The data can be seen on The Converging World energy hub. The latest data is for 2010.
For more details see our energy statistics page.
The Give n Take website was launched by the MyThornbury team at the EcoFair. The aim of the website is to advertise to find new homes for unwanted but useful items. Everything is free. It is a similar idea to our Give-It-Away Take-It-Away Days.
The website is a bit like Freecycle or Freegle, but covers only the Thornbury area, so you know all items will be local. This means less travelling to collect things, so if you want you can put on items that are bulky or of low value but usable.
Give n Take can be used for items not acceptable to charity shops, such as electrical and electronic goods, furniture, plants, food, building materials and car parts. The taker takes 'as seen' and entirely at their own risk. Items must be offered free, and usually the person taking the item collects. All items must be legal.
You can see and download the Give n take poster.
Thornbury Town Council is starting a process to draw up a Community Plan for Thornbury. They held a public meeting on 10th May to gather ideas for the plan. The plan will be written by the community, approved (or not) by a local referendum and carried out by the community. ST wants to contribute to the plan to ensure it is sustainable, and expects to be involved in its implementation.
ST also has a Yahoo group called SustThornbury, which is an opportunity to exchange ideas and chat with other ST members. To join click on the graphic below. You need to be signed up to Yahoo groups, which you will be if you are on Freecycle.
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At the AGM on 23rd May 2012, the members decided ST membership should continue to be free. Please join if you want to hear about and support what we are doing.
Sustainable Thornbury has been successful in an application to become one of 10 Transition Initiatives (based in the UK) participating in the Building a New Local Economy Project. The Project, run by Transition Training and Consulting, aims to help transition communities grow social enterprises and influence existing local businesses such that they contribute to the wellbeing of that community, and society overall (including the most disadvantaged and marginalised). The term 'business' includes all types of private, public and third-sector organisations. The Project is funded by the Roddick Foundation and will run for 12 months beginning in December 2010.
Sustainable Thornbury, in partnership with the Sheiling School, already successfully launched Thornbury Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), which is now an independent entity. "We are so excited to learn from, and work with, experienced social entrepreneurs in ways that will benefit Thornbury and the surrounding villages," said Heather Luna of Sustainable Thornbury. "We hope the CSA was just the start."
We thank solar panel installer Ethical Solar for donating £1000.
South Gloucestershire Council has generously given us more grants of over £1000 under their community grant scheme and environmental grant scheme. We are very grateful for their support. The grants were to help with a range of running costs, including organising the EcoFair and the Community Supported Agriculture scheme.
Sustainable Thornbury is a community group focussed on the market town of Thornbury and the surrounding area in South Gloucestershire, England. We are concerned about global warming and peak oil, so we are trying to make our town more sustainable. We are a Transition Initiative. More ...
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We sometimes have public talks, film shows and discussions for anyone who wants to know more about climate change, energy, food, waste, transport and related topics.
Most of our projects and campaigns are run by working groups. We get together most months, usually in the evenings, for the whole group and for each of the working groups. If you would like to come to meetings and help out, please contact us. A list of planned meetings and events is on our Diary dates page.