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  • TRANSATLANTIC TRADE & INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP petition

    Can we encourage as many as possible to sign and/or organise petitions - and if possible to attend the "Day of Action" at the Carmarthen Guildhall on Saturday 30th August at 10am.

    If the TTIP goes ahead, as is being discreetly negotiated at present, it will make billions for the US global corporations and ruin our society, economy and environment in the process.

     

     

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  • The new Three Towns Food Network, linking Knighton, Presteigne and Kington to increase local food resilience, will be showing at Knighton Agricultural Show on 30 August (next to the tea tent, with Tene Valley Environmental Group and Knighton Tree Allotments Trust. Read more ...  

  • The 2014 Spring Greens Fair

     

    Bigger, better, bursting with good things green, but still intimate and charming...the 2014 Spring Greens Fair is back this weekend, 3/4 May at the wonderful Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow. Mid Wales Permaculture Network will be there, of course (perennial forest garden plants for sale and adopt-a-plant with free plants for children. This year there will be even more wonderful food, activities, forum discussions, demonstrations, crafts, performace... see it all here:

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  • FARMERS MARKET

    AND TRANSITION PRESTEIGNE SKILLSHARE

     

    SATURDAY 5TH APRIL

    Memorial Hall, Presteigne, 9am -1pm

     

    LOCAL PRODUCE inc fresh organic veg, local cheeses, meats, eggs, smokerie, scrummy bites, homemade Indian foods, apple juice ...

    A SPECIAL stall for April from Whitton WI

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Wind Project Needs Support

Docklow Project

HCC Planning committee. Wednesday 15th June 10.00 am Brockington, Hereford.

Agenda item 11: Wind turbine at Docklow. This is an important project because the size, 300kW, is in the range of scales suitable for a village or community owned project. Although this one, the first in the county beyond the highly contested Reeves Hill, is a private development, the owner is a local family farmer and the scheme enjoys wide local support. Success with this will have an empowering effect on anyone considering starting a community project.

A single opposition household have created alarm and confusion among the neighbours, and produced a critical document attacking the application which has swayed the officers against it, they have recommended refusal on the grounds that any environmental, economic and social benefits do not outweigh the landscape damage. If this view is allowed to prevail it will rule out any large or medium scale wind energy projects anywhere in the county. I have written a detailed criticism of the officers comments - here is the summary -ask me if you would like a full copy.

1.0 SUMMARY

 

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1.1 The argument for refusal is based on the plea that the overall benefits do
not justify the supposed detrimental impact on the landscape. The
assessment of benefits fails to include business rates, the retention of energy
expenditure in the local economy, and the contribution to public policy
targets at private risk.

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1.2 Despite an impact study, using agreed methodology, finding the impact
acceptable, officers disagree with it's conclusions.

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1.3 Undue weight is given in the officers report to a critique commissioned by
an objector wherein much of the evidence presented is in fact irrelevant; the
officers arguments based on it show a lack of understanding of wind energy
technology.

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1.4 Officers' comments reveal a conceptual framework in denial about the
scale of adaptation needed to prepare for the environmental, economic and
social changes brought about by peak oil and climate change, despite clear
national policy drivers. Value laden language is used throughout.

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1.5 If the officers' interpretation of existing HCC UDP and HMG policies is
allowed to prevail it will in effect rule out any medium and large scale wind
energy projects in the county - despite an existing HCC report showing wind
as a major contributor to meeting legally binding renewable energy targets. Meanwhile, if you are able to attend the meeting on Wednesday to show your support please do. If you are able to do contact any members of the cte.

http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/mgMeetingAttendance.aspx?ID=3650 and let them know we want this and put whatever argument you wish. Next time (hope!) it may be one of our own projects that needs support.

 

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Pete Linnell

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