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Issue 75 Spring 2010

Greening campaign page 4

Garden sharing page 13

Go local: explorer card page 24


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Last year we joined 90% of English councils when we signed the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change. In doing so we acknowledged the evidence that climate change is occurring and will have far reaching effects on people, places, our economy, society and the environment at local, as well as global, level. The declaration commits us to play a leading role locally, to encourage and help residents, businesses and other organisations to reduce their energy consumption and costs, and to adapt to the impacts of climate change. It also commits us to develop plans with our local communities and we are making progress on this (see page 26 to see how you could be involved). Eco-town status for Whitehill and Bordon will bring great benefits to the town and the area as a whole, with over £10 million already provided from central government to support greener ways of living. We are also making progress at putting our own house in order with energy saving plans, reducing our use of paper, recycling waste and so on. From now on we are also offering you the choice about continuing to receive this magazine or opting to see an online version instead. The more people who opt out of receiving the printed version the more of your money we will save and the better this will be for the environment. Although we are well placed to tackle these issues in East Hampshire, we are certainly not alone. Everyone has a role to play, whether as individual residents or businesses adopting greener ways of living and working or public and community organisations like the East Hampshire Community Partnership or the Greening Campaigns taking local initiatives. We hope you will find this issue of the magazine interesting and that it provides some ideas to help make East Hampshire Greener. David Parkinson, Leader of the Council Elizabeth Cartwright, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Climate Change

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Greening campaigns The Greening Campaign, brainchild of Petersfield resident Terena Plowright, has been very successful in motivating people to reduce their energy consumption. Greening campaigns have been set up in towns and villages across East Hampshire, from East Meon to Alton and across the country from Southsea to Peterborough. The Greening Campaign is fun, structured, and makes fighting climate change visible in the community. HOW DOES IT WORK? Householders take a branded information card, which gives them a list of ways to save energy, such as turning off lights or turning their central heating thermostat down. They then commit to put a set number of these ideas into action and display the card in a front window. The messages can be reinforced by film shows, public meetings and displays in shops, libraries, etc. The next step of the campaign is to evaluate its success which is done by a combination of public surveys and a count of the cards put in windows. From this information the annual CO2 cut for the community is estimated and reported in the local paper. For Petersfield the saving was an amazing 23 tons of carbon dioxide (a single ton of carbon dioxide would be about the size of a four bedroom house).

A Greening Campaign for Horndean – can you help? by Daniel Lee and John Tipple

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE INITIAL PERIOD? There are many beneficial spin-offs to the campaign. Householders may think of other ways of saving energy or go on to do much more than was asked of them to take part in the campaign. Businesses start to look at energy management and ways of increasing recycling and reducing waste. Schools can use the campaign as a catalyst for a range of activities linked to the National Curriculum. ● YOU CAN FIND OUT a lot more about the Greening Campaign and how you might set one up in your own town or village. See www.greening-campaign.co.uk for more information.

The community in Horndean has produced a draft ‘greening strategy’ which is ready to be used but it needs volunteers to take it forward. If you can help to get the Horndean Greening Campaign underway with an offer of any spare time and/or ideas, then the Horndean Environmental Working Group would be very glad to hear from you. ● FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact John Tipple on 023 9259 9209 or email a.tipple1@btinternet.com. Horndean Parish Council on 023 9259 7766 or email asst.clerk@horndeanpc-hants.gov.uk.

Green tips for business switch off equipment at the wall each night ● turn off printers and computers on Fridays, power up on Mondays ● turn off lights when leaving an office or meeting room ● use plumbed-in water heaters for drinks rather than kettles ●

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What is an Eco House? It is a home which has as low an impact as possible on the environment. This includes the way it is designed, used, refurbished and ultimately demolished. A new national standard for assessing the eco-credentials of a new home was introduced in the UK in 2008 called the ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’. The more stars awarded the lower the environmental impact of the home. A truly sustainable home implies better quality with an attractive appearance and flexible living space to meet the changing needs of occupants. It will also ideally need to be part of a community of homes with good access to local amenities. Whether you are a believer in climate change or not, Drum Housing’s new and existing homes are set to become increasingly energy efficient in the coming years to meet Government targets for tackling climate change. If this and subsequent Governments are to hit the carbon reduction targets they have legally committed to by the year 2050 then the existing housing stock must be made more energy efficient as a priority as these homes are responsible for more than a quarter of national carbon dioxide emissions, the main greenhouse gas.

Existing homes will increasingly need to have their energy efficiency improved so that they are close to ‘zero carbon’ by 2050. It is important for East Hampshire residents to think about the cost effective measures they can begin to introduce to their homes now. Loft and cavity wall insulation, draft stripping, low energy lighting, replacing old and inefficient boilers with modern condensing boilers are examples of such measures. Grants or subsidies are often available to support these works. Recycling more, using cars less or buying local produce are other good ways of reducing your personal emissions. In making the transformation to low carbon homes, perhaps the most important factor is that people want this type of housing. The homes must work reliably and be affordable to run. Ultimately the occupants of homes must be happy and welcome the changes required if it is to happen successfully. by Paul Ciniglio, Sustainability and Innovation Manager at Drum/Radian Housing Association

Green tips save water from Jo Osborne of South East Water

Hampshire is usually replenished by winter rainfall, but if we take too much we may risk damaging the water environment. ● Don’t clean and peel vegetables under a running tap, put the plug in and use the sink. A tap left running for 10 minutes uses nearly 100 litres of water. ● Water gardens during the early morning or late evening when less water evaporates and don’t waste water on well established trees and shrubs. When watering, aim the water directly at the roots and water less frequently, but thoroughly, to encourage plants to grow deeper roots. ● If you have a water meter saving water can save you money. If you would like to find out if you can have a meter installed contact your water supplier. ● THERE ARE ALSO lots of tips on South East Water’s website www.southeastwater.co.uk and for residents in the South www.portsmouthwater.co.uk

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What’s happened to

climate change? Recent news reports have focused on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in Norwich exaggerating their data. Should we therefore stop worrying about climate change and our carbon consumption? The IPCC report claimed the Himalayan glaciers would melt in 25 years but got it wrong by a factor of ten – they are expected to disappear within 250 years. Given that most of northern India and almost all of Pakistan depend on the glacial water for their agriculture, this is still devastating for future generations. The CRU have also been accused of ‘bad science’, yet coincidentally many of the reported scandals that have fuelled Global Warming scepticism broke around the time of last year’s environmental summit in Copenhagen, when the world’s nations were trying to seek a deal on global emissions.

2009 tied as the second warmest year on record and the warmest since records began in 1880 in the Southern Hemisphere. The greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) has risen by 30 per cent since pre-industrial times (300 years). This is ten times larger than any fluctuation in the past 600,000 years. Therefore the current rise is almost certainly due to human activity. Increasing atmospheric CO2 also leads to ocean acidification which risks profound impacts on many marine ecosystems and in turn the societies which depend on them. While the extent of climate change is often expressed in a single figure – global temperature – the effects of climate change (such as temperature, precipitation and the frequency of extreme weather events) will vary greatly from place to place.

PEAK URANIUM AND PEAK OIL

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The problem is that climate change is a hot political issue. In the USA in 2009, the Center for Public Integrity detailed the massive expansion in lobbying by polluting energy interests, leading to over 1,150 groups buying influence as the U.S. Congress sought to pass the Waxman-Markey climate bill. The actual dollar amount spent is unknown, as disclosure laws require few details, but the Center calculated that an extremely conservative estimate would give a minimum figure of more than US$27 million spent in direct lobbying from April to June 2009.

Furthermore, we know that uranium is a scarce resource – its supply is estimated to last only for the next 30 to 60 years depending on the demand. Geologists working for the oil exploration industry also agree that the supply of oil has peaked. Industrialised societies depend on fossil fuels and uranium and these resources are running out.

“WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE WANT?” Do we want a biosphere polluted by chemicals with power generated by CO2-emitting coal power stations or nuclear devices that create waste that must be buried for 1,000 years in a geological safe repository? Most of us care deeply about the planet and understand that we cannot continue to ravage forests, dump toxic waste and indefinitely burn fossil fuels. There is a growing body of information to help us make a positive transition to a post-fossil fuel society. We need to hear more about these practical solutions and creatively explore better ways of living and working together. ● VISIT: www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20100121 www.royalsociety.org/climatechange

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Maddy Harland is the editor of Permaculture Magazine – Inspiration for Sustainable Living – an international publication read in 77 countries, published locally at The Sustainability Centre, East Meon. www.permaculture.co.uk

The degree to which we are warming the Earth is still unknown. Warming is, however, taking place to a significant degree. Here is some climate change data from NASA and the Royal Geographical Society.

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Is there really a problem? Although there are strong scientific arguments for global warming and man’s part in it, there are some commentators who argue that it is a matter of natural forces that have little to do with human activity. Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson argues that scientific predictions about what might happen in 50 or 100 years time are “inherently absurd”. “We have only to ask ourselves whether the Edwardians, even if equipped with the most powerful modern computers, would have been able to foresee the massive economic, political and technological changes that have occurred over the past hundred years,” says Lord Lawson, in his book An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming.

“Worrying excessively about global warming means that we worry less about other things, where we could do so much more good. ”We focus, for example, on global warming’s impact on malaria – which will be to put slightly more people at risk in 100 years – instead of tackling the problem of two billion people who suffer from malaria today.” While Lomborg accepts that global warming is taking place and that major research and investment is needed in alternative technologies, he is concerned that “exaggeration wears out the public’s willingness to tackle global warming. If the planet is doomed, people wonder, why do anything?”

MITIGATION OR ADAPTION Mitigation is about reducing climate change by reducing the amount of carbon we pump into the atmosphere. Taking steps to reduce energy, combat pollution and depletion of resources are ways to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment. Adaption is about preparing for climate change and learning to live with it. Bjorn Lomborg argues for keeping the problem in perspective while also taking steps to mitigate change by investing heavily in non-carbon emitting technologies, which will enable everyone to switch over to cheaper-than-fossil-fuel technologies sooner and thus dramatically reduce the 21st century emissions. Lord Lawson, although sceptical about whether climate change is happening, believes that people will find ways of “dealing with climate change if (and it is only if) it really is happening”.

“EXAGGERATION WEARS OUT THE PUBLIC’S WILLINGNESS TO TACKLE GLOBAL WARMING. IF THE PLANET IS DOOMED, PEOPLE WONDER, WHY DO ANYTHING?” Others point to contrary evidence that shows a decrease in annual temperatures between 1998 and 2007 despite a four per cent increase in carbon dioxide during that same period. The Medieval Warm Period, from around the 9th to 14th centuries, when there was an increase in temperatures, similar to what we see today is also seen by sceptics as evidence that climate change is a natural phenomenon that humans have little part in. Another prominent sceptic, Bjorn Lomborg, a former member of Greenpeace, and author of ‘The Skeptical Environmentalist’ argues that the claims are not so much wrong as exaggerated. “The continuous presentation of scary stories about global warming in the popular media makes us unnecessarily frightened. Even worse, it terrifies our kids.” says Lomborg.

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WHERE DO YOU STAND? IS CLIMATE CHANGE HAPPENING? DOES OUR USE OF ENERGY AND RESOURCES CONTRIBUTE TO IT? WHAT, IF ANYTHING, SHOULD WE DO ABOUT IT? TO JOIN THE DEBATE EMAIL climatechange@easthants.gov.uk OR WRITE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, EAST HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL, PENNS PLACE, PETERSFIELD, HAMPSHIRE, GU31 4EX. WE WILL PUBLISH YOUR VIEWS ON www.easthampshire.org 7 MAGAZINE


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Make money by generating your own electricity If a small solar photo-voltaic system which generates up to 4kW is fitted onto an existing property it would earn the householder a generation tariff of 41.3p per kWh and an export tariff of 3p per kWh. To find out more about the scheme go to www.est.org.uk.

FINDING AN INSTALLER Thanks to the Clean Energy Cashback scheme it is now much more cost effective for householders and businesses to generate their own electricity, for example through solar power. There are three main benefits with the scheme: ● a generation tariff for each unit of electricity generated by the installation. ● an additional export tariff for each unit exported to the national grid rather than used. ● reduced electricity bills.

If you want to install renewable technologies such as solar hot water or electricity within your home, you should always shop around for a reputable installer. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme is supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. The scheme provides consumers with confidence and protection by guaranteeing that microgeneration products and installers who carry the mark meet robust quality standards.

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Solar thermal products registered under the Solar Keymark Scheme will also meet European quality standards. Installers should also be registered with the REAL assurance scheme (Renewable Energy Assurance Listed). This is a consumer code covering all factors contributing to a high standard of consumer service before, during and after the contract is agreed. ● APPROVED INSTALLERS on the Low Carbon Buildings Programme website will be members of REAL and MCS or Solar Keymark so its website is a good place to start your search. www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk www.cen.eu www.microgenerationcertification.org www.realassurance.org.uk


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Green tips for energy saving If you haven’t done so already, get your loft and cavity walls insulated ready for next winter. Insulating an uninsulated loft could save £150 a year and filling your cavities could save £115 a year on your fuel bills. Adjust your heating controls for warmer weather. Turn down the thermostat, use your time to reduce the amount you run your system or turn it off altogether. Spring clean your appliances to make them run more efficiently. Defrost your fridge and freezer, descale your kettle and clean your oven door (so you can check on food without opening up the door and letting out heat). Clean the windows and draw back the curtains to let in natural light and warmth during the day. Buy green electricity: www.uSwitch.com

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Whitehill Bordon has been given a massive £10.69million boost because of its Eco-town status and this is being used to start exciting projects in the town immediately. East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) submitted a bid for funds at the end of last year (on behalf of the Whitehill Bordon Opportunity Project) and this money will be used to improve the town’s facilities. Another large tranche of funding is set to be available for the town next year.

WHAT WILL THIS FUNDING BE USED FOR? ● £250,000

will be used to fund a feasibility study into providing a rail link ● free broadband will be provided for everyone living in the town. ● allotments will be available to help cut down on food miles ● the disused Fire Station is being bought from the Ministry of Defence and will be turned into an ‘Eco-station’ which will provide community and training facilities ● public buildings will be retrofitted to improve energy efficiency. Buildings will include the library This disused building has been bought by EHDC and will be converted into an and five primary schools Eco-station. This will provide much-needed community and training facilities – ● innovative and significant as well as a base for information and events about the Eco-town. There will be a dedicated room to chart the natural history of the town and an improvements to the transport area for the local history society collection. system will reduce carbon emissions ● the town’s ‘green infrastructure’ EHDC will build a demonstration show-house which will showcase many of the latest technologies and design techniques which will help people save energy. will be improved straight away – The council is soon to appoint an internationally-renowned architect to design this. before major development starts ● FOR MORE INFORMATION There will also be an international architectural competition to build the first four demonstration eco-homes on this site. EHDC has planned to start this project on the projects please see with leading architects to set the tone for exemplary development in the future. www.whitehillbordon.com

What’s happening to the Fire Station?

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£10,000 loan to make

your home more energy efficient The town has been awarded a grant of up to £500,000 to retrofit existing privately owned homes – so they will be more energy efficient as well as saving households money on fuel bills. East Hampshire District Council applied to the Department of Energy and Climate Change at the end of last year to become one of the communities in the Low Carbon Communities Challenge. And the town has now been selected to be part of the scheme. The council will be awarding interest free loans of up to £10,000 to retrofit homes. A key feature of these loans is that repayments plus the household fuel bills must be lower than what the homeowner would originally have spent on fuel bills. The repayment period can therefore be up to 25 years. It is envisaged that people on income or disability related benefits would not necessarily incur monthly repayments and the loan would be repaid on sale or transfer of the property. At current energy prices, households which have been retrofitted could save up to £645 a year on fuel bills and nearly 3.5 tonnes of carbon per household every year. Some of the energy-saving measures could include solar hot water, boiler upgrades, insulating solid walls, double glazing and heat pumps. ● IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION about the loans then please email whitehillbordon@easthants.gov.uk

Lower carbon footprint for Whitehill Bordon schools Some of the Eco-town money allocated for this year is being used to make energy efficiency improvements to five infant and junior schools. The improvements will be made by Hampshire County Council over the summer holidays and will include better insulation, heating and lighting controls and the fitting of renewable energy sources such as solar panels.

As part of the work, large digital displays will show real time information to pupils, teachers and parents the amount of energy being used and saved in the building. Councillor David Kirk, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services said: “By helping pupils to understand how much energy they use and can save, every child in every school will be able to play an active part in the Eco-town project and understand the role that they have in making their school a greener and more environmentally-friendly place to be.” ●

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keeping up-to-date with the latest Eco-town news? Then check out www.whitehillbordon.com you can also follow us on Twitter by following the link from the website ●

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Ecofit free insulation As part of the first phase of the Eco-town project every household that is owner-occupied or privately rented in the Eco-town area which does not have loft or cavity wall insulation will be able to have their lofts and cavities insulated for free. Communities and Local Government have given funding for the first phase of the Eco-town project some of which will be used to ensure that residents who do not qualify for the government’s Warm Front and CERT schemes will also benefit from free insulation. Installing loft insulation to an uninsulated loft can save in the region of £150 and filling your cavities could save on £115 on fuel bills each year. As soon as the scheme is finalised you will be able to get more details at www.whitehillbordon.com

Green tips plastic bags from Tracy Chandler

Don’t buy anything you propose to throw away! eg plastic bags! – some people buy plastic bags to use as bin liners or sandwich bags or freezer bags, use them once and throw them away – what’s wrong with using the bags you get in packaging – the loo-rolls bag to line the bin, the bread bag to put your sarnies in and those lovely stacking tetra pak drinks cartons cut down to put stuff in the freezer!


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What is the best way to shop

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There was a time when shopping for green goods meant picking up a broccoli and a couple of cabbages but these days consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact their food has on the environment. The distance food must travel from field to plate and the pollution that journey creates – known as food miles – is a subject working its way up many people’s shopping lists. About 19 million tonnes of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere during the 30 billion kilometres our food travels each year. But it’s not just the lorries, shipping and air freight that’s doing the damage. An estimated two million tonnes of carbon dioxide is released by cars heading to the shops and back.

Alex Handford, of Hampshire Farmers’ Market, believes the best approach is to shop from local sellers who stock from local producers. “Shopping locally reduces carbon footprint, reduces travelling and it’s healthier and cleaner for the food itself,” she said. “It’s incredible that some food travels across countries on its journey from the producer and the retailer. For example some potatoes are grown in the UK, shipped out of the country just to be washed and then brought back to be sold. “This doesn’t happen with local producers. If you chat to stallholders at a local market they will be happy to tell you the provenance of the food or their product, where it all comes from and how it is made.” Supporting local businesses not only protects the environment and the local economy but can also foster a stronger community spirit. Dick Smith, Chairman of Buy in Grayshott, said: “Obviously encouraging people to shop locally means less travel but having successful businesses in the area also creates jobs, which has its own environmental benefit. “The businesses here try to contribute to village life by making their shop fronts attractive or by organising litter picks and this encourages villagers to shop with them.”

Petersfield Food Festival held in the best possible taste Petersfield Food Festival has all the ingredients of a sensational celebration of food and cookery. The finest local producers and chefs will be gathering at Petersfield Square on June 5 and 6 for the town’s third food festival. The event is an ideal opportunity to get a taste of the varied goods produced in East Hampshire and the surrounding area and features Hampshire Farmers’ Market, the town’s Saturday market and individual traders. Top chefs will give on-stage cookery demonstrations describing the best way to get the most of the ingredients on offer from the stalls and outlets. A programme of local musicians and a bar, set up in The Square, will keep the weekend convivial for the thousands of expected visitors. Philip Haines, of Petersfield Events, said: “This is the third time the food festival has been held in Petersfield and we expect it to be a real treat for food lovers.” The event is organised jointly between East Hampshire District Council, Petersfield Events and Hampshire Farmers’ Market. It will run from 10am–10pm on Saturday 5 June and from 10am–4pm on Sunday 6 June. ● CONTACT Sonja Reames on 01730 234274 for information on booking stalls and pricing structures.

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Garden sharing Would you like to grow your own vegetables, but live in a flat or only have a small garden? Do you have a large garden that you find difficult to maintain? If so then a new project called Landshare, set up by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, could be just what you need. This is an online ‘match-making’ database of keen growers and those who have land available. Log on to www.landshare.net for more information on how the project works. Enter your postcode to find land locally where you can grow your own fresh fruit and vegetables or to offer land in return for produce. Why go to the trouble of growing your own fruit and vegetables? Firstly, and, perhaps, most importantly in the current climate when money is tight, you can cut costs substantially by growing your own. Secondly, no matter how fresh the vegetables you buy may be they are never going to be quite as fresh and nutritious or taste quite so good as those you have just harvested from your own vegetable plot. Growing your own fruit and vegetables can give you a great sense of achievement and also provides a healthy activity in the open air.

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A competition run in the last edition of Partners has been won by Karen Parish of Clanfield. The competition asked residents to think of a benefit to shopping locally and Karen answered: I strongly believe that shopping locally is important because it keeps a sense of community. Shopping is a social activity and if you have a vibrant, and unique local town where people can shop and socialise together it will strengthen that town’s sense of community. Karen won a bottle of wine and some chocolates worth £20 from Deli Adriano, of Warsash, a member of Hampshire Fare. ● www.deliadriano.biz

Green tips grow your own

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On average over 11 pesticides are sprayed on lettuces each year, more than any other vegetable crop. In one ten year study by the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (MAFF), pesticide applications had increased by 600 per cent. My favourite simple and quick way to better nutrition is to sprout grains and seeds on my windowsill. Besides the ubiquitous Chinese bean sprout, you can buy small gourmet packages of sprouted alfalfa and fenugreek, and raddish seeds in the deli section of good supermarkets but it is so much easier and cheaper to do at home. You either go out and buy a seed sprouter from any good health food shop or mail order supplier or, like me, you can make your own. I simply take a large jar that once held gherkins or pickled onions (ask your local chippie!), cut some dense

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net or old nylons to amply cover the lid, add a handful of organic seeds and secure it with an elastic band. Then I soak the seeds overnight, drain them and leave them to drain at the sink. I use the rinse water to water my house plants – they seem to like the nutrients! Then, twice a day I rinse out the jar and leave it to drain. I don’t put it in full sun as that can burn the delicate sprouts and never let them dry out. Depending on the size of the seed, your sprouts are ready within a few days but don’t forget to put them in a colander to rinse away the husks once they are spouted as they can be unpalatable and go a bit smelly with age. These can be composted. You can sprout all sorts of enzyme and chlorophyll rich seeds, beans and peas besides the ones already mentioned. Try green lentils, chickpeas, mung and aduki beans.


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In these days of buy one get one free it’s only too easy to buy more than you need and to add to the 8.3m tonnes of food and drink thrown away every year with most of this dumped in landfill. The Waste and Resources Action Programme, WRAP, found that salad, fruit and bread were most commonly wasted and 60 per cent of all dumped food was untouched. WRAP estimates the value of wasted food at a staggering £10.2 billion. This works out the average household throws away 18 per cent of food purchased and families with children throw away around 27 per cent. That’s an average of around £50 per month for the average family. WRAP estimates if we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten the CO2 impact would be equivalent to taking one in four cars off the road.

SO HOW CAN WE CUT DOWN ON FOOD WASTE? The Love Food Hate Waste website has brilliant and fun ideas about cutting out food waste and saving money. Love Food Hate Waste is the modern version of Waste Not Want Not, with lots of advice about how to measure food portions perfectly and balancing nutrition in line with health advice on eating five portions of fruit and veg a day. The site has advice on keeping food fresh, reviving food before it goes off and using up leftovers.

USING THE RIGHT AMOUNTS Do you ever cook too much rice? WRAP advises that a quarter of a standard sized 300ml mug is just the right amount for an adult portion. The Love Food Hate Waste website has an easy to use Portion Calculator which helps to show how to cook just the right amount for the number of child and adult portions you want.

SAVE TIME AND MONEY Planning meals ahead and shopping accordingly is an effective way to reduce waste. The site also includes a two week meal planner with shopping lists and recipes.

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Who is

WRAP? WRAP is funded by the government and works to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.

There are many ways to use up leftovers, such as using left over fruit to make a smoothie, drying out tomatoes in the oven or the bones from the Sunday joint to make a soup or stock. Bubble and squeak, is one of the simplest and best ways to use up the leftovers from a Sunday joint.

STORAGE AND REVIVAL Apples If you’ve got a glut of cooking apples, cut them into quarters, core and peel them. To prevent apples turning brown whilst you are peeling them, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a bowl of water and drop the pieces of

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BUBBLE AND SQUEAK IS ONE OF THE SIMPLEST AND BEST WAYS TO USE UP THE LEFTOVERS FROM A SUNDAY JOINT apple into it. Drain, quickly pack the apples in freezer bags or plastic containers and freeze them. To use, put the frozen fruit in a pan with some sugar, add a very small amount of water and cook as normal. Vegetable oddment soup A Love Food Hate Waste user submitted this idea to the website: Gather up all the bits from your fridge – coarse outside lettuce leaves, that bendy carrot, bit of onion, green tops of leeks and spring onions, a few herbs, etc. Put in a pan with water to cover and a stock cube – or meat jelly or gravy if you have some leftover – and boil until the veg are soft. Whizz in processor or liquidiser. The French call this ‘Garbure’ and it’s almost always delicious and different each time. It can be thickened with leftover potato, or some small pasta shapes added, or a cooked chopped bacon rasher. Soy sauce and a slowly poured beaten egg will make it Chinese-ish. Curry paste and garlic, or grated cheese, or mushroom ketchup...almost any mixture you invent will taste better than a tin of soup, and it’s practically cash-and-additive-free! Microwave revival Sprinkling a little water on a loaf that’s going stale – or a cake – will produce miraculous results when given a couple of seconds in a microwave. Try using this tip rather than throwing away. SITE HAS many more tips on cutting waste. See www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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Known as Britain’s Breathing Spaces, national parks are areas of protected countryside that everyone can visit and enjoy. They are not owned by the nation or managed only for their wildlife. They are mostly farmed landscapes where people live, work and shape the area. The South Downs National Park became Britain’s newest national park on 31st March, bringing the number of National Parks in England up to ten. The new National Park covers about half the area of East Hampshire and is over 1,600 square kilometres in total. It stretches 100 miles starting from the edge of Winchester, through the ancient woodlands of Hampshire, the open heathland at Blackdown to the rolling chalk downlands and iconic cliffs at Beachy Head, near Eastbourne. The twin purposes of the South Downs National Park are: ● To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area ● To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the Park’s special qualities by the public The South Downs National Park Authority is the lead organisation responsible for promoting the purposes of the National Park. It has an important duty to foster the economic and social well-being of the local communities within the National Park. The Authority has a preparatory year before it becomes fully operational in April 2011. It will then become the local planning authority and responsible for open access land. ●

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Fly-tipping and litter costs millions to clear up, it affects farmers, harms animals and wildlife, causes pollution and poses a threat to human health. The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England is leading a groundbreaking scheme to tackle the problem called Stop the Drop. The scheme is being run in partnership with EHDC, the National Farmers’ Union, the Country Land and Business Association and the Environment Agency. This aims to make people aware of the problem, to find out the true scale of fly-tipping and to encourage the public to report it so the council and Environment Agency can take action. The scheme is being run in up to 13 parishes for the first year including Colemore and Priors Dean, East Tisted, Farringdon, Four Marks, Froxfield and Privett, Ropley, Selborne, Newton Valence, Steep. A full list of parishes taking part is shown on our website. Once the scheme is up and running you will be able to help by reporting fly-tipping via a dedicated website or by using a postage paid record card. There will also be an emergency phone number for reporting live incidents or major problems. ● IN THE MEANTIME, if you are interested in finding out more or want to volunteer as a ‘flyspotter’ then please email stopthedrop@cprehampshire.org.uk or phone 01962 779185 or go to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England website www.cpre.org. Pictured: Bill Bryson, Chairman of CPRE with flytipping

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WHAT A WASTE! EAST HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL COLLECTED 1,400 TONS OF LITTER LAST YEAR. IF PEOPLE USED BINS OR TOOK THEIR LITTER HOME IT WOULD SAVE £450,000 OF TAXPAYERS MONEY.


Litter Most litter is dropped within 20 metres of a bin and close to fast food outlets. Across East Hampshire there are more than 800 on-street litter bins, all of which are emptied weekly – more frequently in the towns. The majority of these bins are dual use and can also be used for disposing of dog waste providing it is bagged. You are never far from a litter bin. Last year we cleared 1,400 tonnes of litter at considerable cost in both time and money. Litter also creates an environmental hazard as it can harm livestock, wildlife and children in playgrounds. If not picked up it can take many years to decompose, for example a cigarette butt takes 12 years and a plastic bag around ten years. When out and about make sure you place your litter in a bin or take it home with you and dispose of it in your refuse or recycling bin. This way you are helping us to keep East Hampshire Clean and Green. Littering is also a criminal offence and anyone found dropping litter, cigarette butts or allowing their dog to foul may be liable to a fixed penalty of £80 or prosecution.

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Protecting your home against the

risk of flood WHEN FLOODING IS IMMINENT?

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If floodwater is approaching your property EHDC may be able to help. The council has limited stocks of sandbags for emergency use and will give priority to situations where the dwelling or premises is at serious risk. We will also give priority to those less able to help themselves. Occupied properties take priority over unoccupied

properties. Sandbags may be distributed to prevent water entering habitable premises. Unfortunately they will not be provided to protect gardens, garages or outhouses. Where sandbags are issued it is the responsibility of the resident to arrange for their disposal.

FLOOD ALERTS It is your responsibility to protect your property but you can also ask the Environment Agency to send you advance warnings of flood risks. This priority list of property owners and agencies are alerted by the Environment Agency as soon as their early warning systems detect a flooding risk. To apply for inclusion on the alert list either ring the Floodline telephone number, on 0845 988 1188 or go to the Environment Agency website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

Green tips use green detergents It is estimated that between one and five per cent of domestic waste can be classed as ‘hazardous waste’ which could, unless dealt with appropriately, cause problems in the water environment. Phosphate-based detergents in particular are banned in some countries because they add nutrients to the waste stream which can cause eutrophication (or algae growth). Chlorine products – bleaches – are another problematic waste stream. It has been said: ‘Every time you use the toilet block you are putting bleach into the environment. It all adds to the chlorine load.’ Most people probably live in the mistaken belief that such products could only have a beneficial effect on the drains, because they kill germs, but this is not the case. With so much organic

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material and ammonia in sewage, the chlorine products react with these rather than bacteria, which is why chlorine is never added in the early stages of sewage treatment. The problem is that these chlorinebased products react with organic chemicals to produce chlorinated organics – the same group of chemicals as the weedkiller DDT, PCBs and pesticides. They are not biodegradable, they persist in the environment, and have a cumulative effect. They are not removed in the sewage treatment process. Many experts predict there will be a general presumption against the use of chlorine products in future, apart from as a residual biocide in the water supply. ● THE CHEMICAL HOUSE checks out products: www.greenpeace.org.uk

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Whatever its cause, severe weather seems to be increasingly common and it makes sense to ensure you are protected from flooding. If you live in an area of known flood risk you should purchase flood protection equipment such as sandbags, airbrick protectors and door guards. There is advice available on www.environment-agency.gov.uk. Additional information can also be found on the Hampshire County Council website www.hants.gov.uk


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Sustainability in action The Sustainability Centre, in East Meon, takes a practical and positive view of issues that affect individuals and the wider global community. It offers practical, creative and achievable ways by which people can make their lives healthier, greener and more ethical. It works with schools and community groups, provides a meeting place for health, environmental and other like-minded groups and provides an inspiring outdoor learning programme for young people who need encouragement and support in their lives. Visitors come here to learn about renewable energy, woodland management, traditional crafts or wild food foraging. Come to the annual Green Fair in early May or simply explore the woods and sample the fairtrade cake in the Beech Café. Among other attractions the centre has working examples of photovoltaic solar panels, straw bale solar showers, biomass heating, compost toilet and rainwater recycling. The Sustainability Centre is itself an example of recycling in action. It is remembered by many locals as HMS Mercury and visitors will see various

Climate change, loss of the rainforests, endangered species, peak oil...all these huge environmental problems can seem impossibly big and frightening. But we mustn’t be stunned into inertia by the scale of the problem. reminders of a Naval presence around the site. Although the buildings won’t win any prizes for beauty, they’ve been given a new lease of life. The centre is located in 55 acres of the South Downs National Park with the South Downs Way National Trail running next to the site. There is woodland teeming with wildlife, a camping field with yurts, tents and tipis, an education centre, the Wetherdown Lodge, and a serene woodland burial site. Summer 2010 will see the opening of the Woodland Classroom, an innovative building by Ben Law who has achieved fame by being voted the viewers’ favourite on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. The classroom will be built from timber from our own woodland and other locally sourced, renewable resources. So, although the big picture can seem daunting, our message is simple. By acting in a more sustainable way, based on thought, fairness and understanding, we can develop a world that future generations will thank us for.

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Food and product miles. In early September last year, home-grown seasonal fruit and vegetables like apples, onions, carrots and green beans were available throughout the country. But so too, in three central London supermarkets, were apples from the USA, 4,700 miles away, onions from Australia and New Zealand, over 12,000 miles away, carrots from South Africa, 5,600 miles away, and beans from Kenya, 3,600 miles away.

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Sustainability is about treating the Earth as if we intend to stay. It means living in the best way that we can. It has three key strands: ● Social, ensuring a strong, healthy and just society for existing and future communities ● Economic, where environmental and social costs fall on those who cause them, and resources are distributed fairly and efficiently ● Environmental, respecting and protecting the limits of the planet’s environment, resources and biodiversity.

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Rare flower

flourishes in Whitehill Bordon A fitting mark of the United Nations Year of Biodiversity is the discovery of a rare flower facing extinction in Britain making a recovery in the grass verges of Whitehill Bordon. The small flowered catchfly has declined dramatically in recent decades and is classified as nationally endangered. But environmental enthusiasts discovered a few of the flowers in an unkempt, gorse-choked grass verge in Whitehill and, after careful nurturing, have helped the plants establish a foothold. Hard work from the volunteers of Whitehill’s Environmental Conservation Group has seen the population bloom from five individuals to 105. The site’s location is not being publicised to protect it. The work has become part of the parish’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan which seeks to conserve the environment

in co-operation with the forthcoming Eco-town. Dr Bill Wain, from the Environmental Conservation Group, said: “This is just one example of the successes that have been achieved by the Environmental Conservation Group from Whitehill. “The catchfly is a beautiful little flower that has sadly diminished, and continues to decline rapidly in Britain and I am delighted that we have found these flowers and can help them re-establish themselves in Whitehill Bordon.” Arrangements have been made for the area to be maintained and grass cuttings will take place outside of flowering season to protect the further growth of the species. The area is also a Site of Importance to Nature Conservation. The plant, with its small, pretty pink flowers, has suffered over the last few decades due to changes in agricultural

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practices, such as the use of herbicides and fertilisers and the loss of field margins. Dr Wain described the success story at a well-attended biodiversity conference called, Think Global Act Local, held at Penns Place Petersfield in February. The conference was held as part of the UN Year of Biodiversity in 2010, which seeks to highlight the global rate of species extinction. It is estimated that 100 species a day are lost worldwide. For more information about UN year of Biodiversity see www.cbd.int ● CONTACT: Linda Munday, Community Planning Co-ordinator, 01730 234179.

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Becoming a conservation volunteer is an excellent way to protect the environment and local ecology, keep fit and meet likeminded people. There are conservation groups across East Hampshire who will always welcome new volunteers. Rotherlands Local Nature Reserve based behind Petersfield Rugby Club Formed in 2000 is celebrating its 10th year this year. They have turned what was once an inaccessible tangle of brambles and nettles into a hidden gem of green space for the benefit of wildlife and the local population. Volunteer workparties take place on the third Saturday of every month, 9.30am to 12.30pm, and include such activities as scrub bashing, path maintenance, meadow management, litter picking and creation of wildlife habitats such as log piles, dead-hedges, bird boxes and insect homes. New volunteers and members of all ages and abilities with a love of nature and enjoyment of the open air are always welcome. Plans for 2010 include a ‘Family Day’ 10 Year Anniversary event to be held on the reserve on Saturday 21 August. ● MORE INFORMATION can be found on our website www.rotherlands.co.uk or contact Jamie Cummins (Reserves Officer) 01730 300834 or email jj.cummins@ntlworld.com

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Green tips transport If it is too far to walk or cycle to work or school consider car sharing. Car sharing is a simple way to cut the costs of fuel and parking, cut congestion and pollution, and cut the stress of driving. The website www.nationalcarshare.co.uk will provide a free account, connecting you to like-minded individuals wishing to see a reduction in traffic in Hampshire as well as reducing their own travel costs. There are 111,243 members registered with the national liftshare network and on average they each save £1,148 per year. What could you do with an extra £1,148?

Transport

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problem

Transport accounts for more than a third of Britain’s energy consumption. Most of this is from petrol and diesel used in road transport. In a predominantly rural area like East Hampshire it is difficult to find alternatives to the car. A large proportion (45 per cent) of people travel out of the district to work and the car is used for schools, shopping and leisure. Buses and trains are a greener alternative to the car, but it’s a chicken and egg problem. Without substantial demand for bus services public transport operators are not able to provide viable services. In Whitehill and Bordon the town is being planned in a way as to make car use less essential. The aim is to provide local jobs, education and leisure opportunities that are closer to home and within walking or cycling distance of most people. In the meantime efforts are being made to maintain a bus link between the town and Liphook Station. The district council is also working with Hampshire County Council on a range of initiatives to make alternatives to the car more attractive across the district. Work has already been done to improve the Horndean to Havant Cycle Route. Later this month EHDC’s cabinet will consider the possibility of a multipurpose green route from the North of East Hampshire eventually linking up to the cycle network already in place in Havant. With the South Downs National Park about to open a route like this could be a key attraction for visitors as well as existing residents. The district council is also considering the feasibility of a number of other schemes, which could include pilot bus schemes and Town Access Plans, to improve access to and around town centres by public transport, cycling, walking or in a wheelchair. ●

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Recycling

and reuse Recycling and reuse of materials saves energy, reduces pollution and decreases the amount of land needed for landfill. Last year East Hampshire residents recycled almost 40 per cent of their waste, placing them among the best recyclers in the UK. However its estimated that around 60 per cent of what the average person throws away could be recycled, so there is a lot further to go. Recycling has been proved to be a more energy efficient method of creating a useful item. More CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions are created during the manufacture of a plastic bag from scratch, for example, than the recycling of a plastic bag into another. This makes it a much more energy and resource efficient way of serving our material needs. Recycling is very much a partnership between councils and local communities. Councils provide the means, such as recycling bins for paper, cans, plastic bottles, glass and garden waste. But residents actually do the recycling and deserve the credit for this. Charities such as the Air Ambulance and Salvation Army provide clothing bags around the district. Other charities like the Furniture Helpline, based in Bordon do an excellent job at collecting and distributing unwanted furniture, and appliances to people who need them (see www.thefurniturehelpline.org.uk). There are also recycling points for paper, glass and textiles around the district while all kinds of waste material as well as unwanted for white goods, electrical goods, metals, clothing and many more items can be taken to the household waste centres shown on the map. Before throwing anything away think if you can reuse or recycle?

THE ART OF RECYCLING EXHIBITION

SUNDAY 15 AUGUST 2010 PETERSFIELD SQUARE 16–29 AUGUST THE MILITARY FIRE STATION BORDON SEPTEMBER 2010 ALTON COLLEGE An exhibition of arts and crafts made from recyclable materials. Art in Action from the Rural Areas Play Initiative and more. � IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST, craftsperson, teacher or art lead and would like to exhibit please contact Tracy Chandler on tec.green@hotmail.co.uk for details.

Green tips compost Why throw garden waste away when you can compost it and feed your garden instead?

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Alton College

goes green Alton College is taking the initiative to ensure current and future generations take responsibility for the environment. It has produced an Environmental Policy, after wide consultation with staff, students and the Carbon Trust, and now hopes to gain Eco-Schools status. “I am delighted by the enthusiasm of students and staff at the college to embrace environmental issues,” said Jane Machell, Principal. Even the younger children in the Child Care Centre at the college are involved, by helping to grow seedlings for the Greening Alton and Holybourne Campaign and ALFI (Alton Local Food Initiative) group. They have a pond and log pile to encourage wildlife and they are also using the waste paper from the college for their art projects.” ‘Green Week’ takes place at Alton College every April. During the week students, staff and visitors saw presentations and displays from a variety of organisations to highlight the different aspects of being environmentally friendly. This year’s topics included: environmentally responsible modes of transport, energy use, reducing litter, food miles, recycling and the importance of biodiversity. ‘Green Week’ was not just talk though! The Greening Alton and Holybourne

Campaign ALFI group worked with students and staff on activities such as planting young trees around the college campus and creating vegetable patches. The Student Union organised a clothes swap and the week ended with Wear Green Day, which raised money to buy a ‘plot’ of rainforest through the World Land Trust. Alton College has now bought several such plots which will be preserved for future generations. The ‘East Hants Against Climate Change’ initiative has encouraged collaboration between Alton College, local schools, East Hampshire District Council, The Greening Alton and

“WE HOPE THEY WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO PASS ON THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND GOOD PRACTICES TO THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES AS WELL AS FUTURE GENERATIONS” Holybourne Campaign and other organisations to enable the young people of Alton and the surrounding areas to learn about the benefits of being environmentally friendly. “We hope they will be encouraged to pass on their knowledge and good practices to their friends and families as well as future generations,” said Alton College

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Environmental Officer Tina Longman. She added: “As well as knowing that they are doing ‘their bit’ for the environment, we hope they will see other benefits such as financial, energy saving and improved health.”


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Save £s when you visit local attractions Why use up expensive and polluting air miles when there is so much to do in East Hampshire and the South Downs National Park. The Local Explorer Card can save you money when you enjoy days out in the area. The card gives a 20 per cent discount off the admission price to some of the area’s top attractions. It costs just £5, is valid for six months and gives up to five people entrance to participating attractions – ideal for you and your friends and family. The card can be used an unlimited number of times for six months.

ATTRACTIONS IN THE LOCAL EXPLORER SCHEME New for 2010, Virgin Balloon Flights now give a 20 per cent discount off a flight in one of their stunning hot air balloons. Flights take off from Anstey Park in Alton,

as well as numerous other sites round the country. Other attractions to enjoy that give 20 per cent off are: ● Birdworld, near Farnham ● Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton ● Gilbert White’s House & the Oates Museum, Selborne ● Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line, Alton ● Milestones, Hampshire’s Living History Museum, Basingstoke ● The Studio @ TPS The website, www.easthants.gov.uk/ localexplorer gives full details of the participating attractions as well as details of additional special offers and outlets selling the cards. You can buy your Local Explorer Card on-line at www.easthants.gov.uk/ localexplorer or phone 01730 234066.

And over the counter at: ● Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean ● Grayshott Pottery, Grayshott ● Forest Lodge Garden Centre, near Farnham ● Tourist Information Centre, Petersfield ● The Phoenix Theatre, Bordon ● Town Hall, Petersfield Or use the order form below – send with your cheque for £5.00 per card ordered made out to East Hampshire District Council.

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Cut a large opening in the top of a six pint supermarket milk container and keep it beside the sink. When you run the hot water, collect the cold water run off (before the hot arrives) in the container, and use it for rinsing later on (or to add to hot to cool it for washing up).


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Planning for a

sustainable future The main challenges for the district in terms of the natural environment are to protect the character and beauty of the countryside, the diversity of its landscape, heritage and wildlife, and the wealth of its natural resources. Alongside this is the need to protect the wider environment as research now shows that climate change is a very real issue. By providing new homes, jobs and infrastructure, the town planning process can help to shape and design places with lower carbon emissions, less reliance on the private car, reduced water usage, less waste production and greater resilience to climate change. New planning policies are being drawn up by the council to encourage and support green technology wherever possible. Policies can cover a wide range of issues including the design of buildings, the methods of construction and the materials that are used. The key areas where planning can influence and help address climate change are: ● Sustainable construction, including renewable energy ● Flood risk management ● Water resources and water quality ● Air quality/pollution ● Sustainable transport As part of the work to create new local planning policies for the district (known as the Local Development Framework) the council has just completed a period of public consultation on the Core Strategy: Preferred Policies document that contains draft policies for these issues.

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN SEE PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND POLICIES ONLINE? JUST LOG ON TO www.easthants.gov.uk AND CLICK ON PLANNING

A large number of comments have been received from the public and we will now need to carefully consider all of them before drawing up a final set of policies for people to comment on. This will eventually form part of the framework for development in our district and will set the scene for the consideration of future planning applications.

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Whitehill Bordon has now been designated as an Eco-town. This will be setting new exemplary standards for a ‘green’ way of living. Here the Government is looking for local authorities to create policies to help people to live within environmental limits in communities that are resilient to change. This will be a major challenge for the years ahead.

Children harness the

power of the sun Budding engineers will learn how to harness the power of the sun at a technological contest this summer. The Hampshire Solar Challenge will task year six children to invent and build a solar powered machine. The event is organised by seven Local Authorities in Hampshire to raise awareness of renewable energy sources and environmental concerns. Eight East Hampshire schools will compete at the Intech Science Centre, near Winchester, on 8 July. The winners will enter a final competition to take on schools from other districts. The pupils must invent working models using only recycled materials which will be powered by a solar energy engine, provided by the competition hosts. The East Hampshire schools taking part are: Rowledge C of E Primary School, Bentley C of E Primary School, Binsted C of E Primary School, Greatham Primary School, Andrews’ Endowed C of E Primary School, Medstead C of E Primary School, Sheet Primary School and Herne Junior School. The Hampshire Solar Challenge will be sponsored by Southampton Audi, who will also help judge entries at the final. ● CONTACT: Kate Hillerby, East Hampshire District Council, 01730 234315.

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Green light from environmental experts Wind power on the roof of Penns Place

EHDC has been praised for reducing its energy consumption by a third since 2005 (spending less of your council tax on our electricity bills). Terena Plowright, founder of the Greening Campaign, has gone on record to say our efforts show how effective small measures can be to reduce carbon emissions and power usage. Staff are continuing to work hard to try to reduce our carbon footprint. So far we have: ● installed low energy light bulbs throughout the building and timer switches on a lot of our equipment ● put solar panels on the roof which produce enough electricity to run the screens that we have in reception and the security lighting at night ● made three pool bicycles available to staff so they can cycle into town instead of taking cars ● dedicated parking places for staff who car share ● run a mini bus to the town at lunch times so that staff do not need to take their cars, cutting down the number of journeys ● significantly reduced the amount of paper that we use (reduced to 2.5 million sheets from 3.5 million in 2005/2006) ● encouraged staff to switch off lights when not in use and power down printers and computers over weekends only ● used paper that is recycled or at the very least comes from sustainable sources ● seen all EHDC leisure centres use energy efficient boilers and other measures to reduce energy consumption by five per cent per year.

Climate change contact list Are you involved in environmental action? Would you like to know more about what is happening in East Hampshire? We’d like to hear from you. EHDC is currently working to develop a Climate Change Action Plan but we realise that this is something we need to do with local individuals and communities. There are many local individuals, groups and organisations involved in actions to improve the local environment. If you are involved, would like to be involved, or would like to be kept informed of environmental actions in East Hampshire please let us know. Either email climatechange@easthants.gov.uk or complete and return the form below. Name Address Postcode Email

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HOW TO APPLY

Are eligible for a state pension; ● Are disabled or have suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to walk; ● Are deaf with or without speech ● Are without the use of both arms ● Are blind or partially sighted ● Have been refused or had to give up your driving licence on medical grounds ● Have a learning disability, that is, a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning.

If you have not previously claimed a concession and now want to you will need to complete an application form which can be obtained from a District Council Information Office (DCIO) or by downloading a form from www.easthants.gov.uk. If you would like a national bus pass, please bring your application form with the supporting documentation requested plus a passport size photo to a DCIO or issuing venue (detailed in application pack) – the pass will then be sent to you direct. If you require tokens or rail exchange vouchers, bring the application form with the supporting documentation requested to your nearest DCIO or issuing venue (detailed in application pack). The DCIO’s are based at Council Offices Penns Place, Petersfield GU31 4EX/Alton Information Office, 7 Cross and Pillory Lane GU34 1HL/Bordon Information Office, Forest Community Centre GU35 0BS/Bramshott & Liphook Parish Office, The Haskell Centre, Midhurst Road GU30 7TN/ Horndean Parish Office, Tyfield House, Blendworth Lane PO8 0AA. ● IF YOU REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION please ask at your nearest DCIO, or contact customer services on 01730 234101.

YOU MAY CLAIM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONCESSIONS: Free national bus passes are valid 24 hours a day where the journey starts in East Hampshire. Outside of East Hampshire the scheme operates between 9.30am and 11pm weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends and bank holidays on local buses anywhere in England. East Hampshire District Council funds the top up scheme to allow East Hampshire residents to travel 24 hours per day, each day from East Hampshire itself. Rail exchange voucher This can be exchanged for either a Senior Rail Card or a Disabled Rail Card entitling the holder to one third off the cost of most off peak rail fares. Tokens are supplied as £1 and 50p discs and can be used on all bus and train services within East Hampshire. The tokens are accepted by community and volunteer care groups, Age Concern minibuses and more than 40 taxi firms in East Hampshire. For a full year (beginning 1 May) eligible residents will receive: ● £24 if you are aged between 60–69 ● £30 if you are over 70 ● £50 if you are a permanent wheelchair user/registered blind or partially sighted ● £75 if, in addition to being a permanent wheelchair user/ registered blind or partially sighted, you require a carer in attendance. (Carers can only use tokens when accompanying concession holders).

DO I NEED TO APPLY? If you opted for tokens or rail exchange voucher last year a letter will be sent to you by April for you to bring with you to your nearest venue. You do not need to reapply for your bus pass as the current bus pass is valid until March 2013.

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Partners Magazine - Issue 75 Spring 2010