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Shipley Eco Action Group Secures Lease for Woodside Community Garden

A new community garden has got off to a flying start after new group, Shipley Eco Action, secured a lease on land in the village. Over the last month the group’s volunteers have prepared 3250 square meters of land, created a hot compost pile, and prepared raised beds, a sensory garden and paths. The group will be fundraising on Heanor Market in October and hope to be able to make a living willow structure with funds raised. https://bit.ly/2VnWyl7

Derby City Council Recruiting Climate Change Coordinator

Derby City Council is recruiting a Climate Change Coordinator.

Derby City Council has declared a Climate Emergency which commits the Council to raise awareness of climate change and to develop a local action plan to help reduce the carbon footprint of both its own activities and the wider city. The role of Climate Change Co-ordinator will be pivotal in making things happen by developing the necessary documentation and projects to develop this campaign along with galvanising the support and commitment of internal and external stakeholders in addressing this pressing global issue.

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New Buxton Repair Cafe

Buxton is joining over 1500 other places around the world this month, as Transition Buxton runs its first Repair Café on Saturday 28th September, supporting local people to extend the life of ‘stuff’ and save it from going to landfill. 

Frightening amounts of non-recyclable waste goes to landfill every year. Transition Buxton aims to help reduce the amount of waste by helping people extend the life of their toys, tools, clothes, small appliances, ceramics, soft furnishings, electronics, bikes, and more. 

A team of volunteer repairers will be in the Lower Hall at the Methodist Church on Buxton Market Place from 11am to 3pm on the 4th Saturday of each month.. People are invited to bring along broken item(s) and the repairers will work with you to try to fix your item to help it last a bit longer. 

“Our target is to repair 20 to 30 items per month which could add up to a container load saved from landfill in a year. Along the way we are being social, sharing skills, and increasing the resilience of our community. It’s a win, win!” Said Jean Ball from Transition Buxton.

There is no charge for the service to ensure that it is accessible to all, but donations are requested to ensure the Repair Café can continue to operate. Transition Buxton are very grateful to the Bingham Trust for a small grant to help get the Repair Café up and running. 

So, if your change is falling through a hole in your trouser pocket, or your toaster only toasts on one side, bring it along to the Repair Café and see if the volunteers can save you having to replace it.

Any questions contact repaircafe@transitionbuxton.co.uk

Campaigners Protest Lack of Electric Vehicle Charging Points at New Chesterfield Supermarket


Local campaigners have protested at the opening of a new supermarket, after the company submitted an amended planning application which removed the provision of electric vehicle charging points in the store’s car park.
 
In the original planning application for a new Lidl supermarket on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield, the plan showed two Electric Vehicle charging points, but these were later taken out of the plans. The campaigners attended the opening of the store, with a banner reading ‘Where is the charging point?’

Members of Transition Chesterfield have also responded to plans for a McDonald’s drivethru at West Bars roundabout, asking for the EV charging points currently included to be made a planning condition if the development is approved.
 
This news comes at the same time that it has been revealed that the UK now has more EV charging points than it does petrol stations.

Electric Bikes for Hire in Nottingham


Electric Bikes are now available for hire in Nottingham thanks to a partnership between Nottingham City Council and Raleigh, the famous city-based cycle manufacturer. The bike work just like a normal bike, but you can turn on the electric motor if you want a bit more power on a hill or a long journey. The perfect way to ‘try before you buy’, one week’s hire is just £20+£2 insurance. https://bit.ly/2kCjY8n