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Matlock Food Assembly Launches


A new Food Assembly has launched in Matlock. Food Assemblies connect local people to their local food producers. It’s a combination of a farmer’s market and online shopping. You simply order online from a wide range of local products, then pick them up from The Remarkable Hare in Matlock between 5:30pm and 6:30pm each Thursday. https://tinyurl.com/y74vabh7
 
Locally, there are also Food Assemblies in Derby and Nottingham. If there isn’t one near you, then why not consider starting one: https://tinyurl.com/o47bugm
 

Book Your Belper Goes Green Stall


Belper Goes Green, Belper’s popular eco festival, is taking place on Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd June this year. If you’d like to book a stall then the online booking form is now available. Spaces tend to fill up fast, so book soon: https://tinyurl.com/ydeo62l7

Newark Home Cuts Energy Used For Heating by More Than 90%

A home in Newark, Nottinghamshire that was retrofitted in 2010/11 as part of a Government-funded project is now using just 9% of the energy it previously used for space and water heating. Overall energy use has been reduced by 75%, with the carbon emissions from the remaining use offset by a cost-effective investment in off-site renewables. The home is using 47% less energy than official figures predicted it would post-retrofit.
 
The work was carried out by Hockerton Housing Project who have written a short blog on how the home is still using a lot less energy seven years later: https://tinyurl.com/y95vt8cp

Public Given Chance to Speak at Fracking Meeting


Planning committee members at Derbyshire County Council will hear the views of interested groups, including local residents, at a meeting on 5th February before deciding on the council's position over a proposal to explore shale gas reserves near Eckington − which is subject to a planning appeal.

Oil and chemical firm INEOS wants to erect a drilling rig up to 60 metres tall and drill around 2,400 metres below the ground off Bramleymoor Lane, in the village of Marsh Lane, to investigate the suitability of the rock for 'fracking'. The proposals − which are to carry out underground investigations only, not fracking − are already set to be considered by a Planning Inspector at a public inquiry on 19th June as part of an appeal. The appeal was started by INEOS in December because it was not prepared to allow more time for the council to make a decision on its planning application. 

Mike Ashworth, Derbyshire County Council's Strategic Director for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: ’We're aware of the depth of feeling about this planning application and have reviewed our approach to the meeting next week so that the committee has a chance to hear views from relevant parties speaking for and against the proposal.’ More: https://tinyurl.com/ydysws3e

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