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Council continues to lead low carbon agenda | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Published Wednesday, 14th September 2016

Solar Panels, Temple Sutton, Primary school, Eastern Avenue, Southend. Picture Steve O'Connell 22-10-15

Council driven energy projects over the last eighteen months have had such an environmental impact that they have kept the equivalent of 700 cars off the road for one year.

Over 3,500 tonnes of CO2 have been saved, and provided £700,000 worth of income and savings to the council.

The CO2 savings are also equivalent to an average car being driven non-stop for nearly 16 years or the average energy needs of a house being met for 269 years.

The great success of the work is part of the council’s Low Carbon Energy and Sustainability Strategy (LCESS) that was approved in 2015, and will be discussed next week (Cabinet, 20th September – item 21).

The annual update report charts the major progress made since the strategy was approved. Since then the council has started £19m worth of energy projects, including the ongoing installation of LED street lighting across the Borough, pilot solar panel projects at Temple Sutton School and Southend Adult Community College and other energy efficiency projects on council properties.

Alongside these projects, Southend Energy was launched in May 2015, delivering average savings of £276 per household to the 5,000 now signed up to the scheme, helping to save £1.3m locally and deliver 1,200 tonnes of CO2 savings thanks to the environmental policy within the tariff.

The report also looks to the future, with the council looking for innovative opportunities to generate energy from tidal and wave power on the Pier, put more solar panelling on council buildings, and continue work on local schools using Temple Sutton as a model.  The council’s energy team are also keeping abreast of new technology and innovations and looking at ways to better manage surface water and drainage with our partners like Anglian Water.

Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, says: “This report shows that we are really leading the field in this area, and continue to seek innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions, be more energy efficient and help to save ourselves and local residents money.

“I am delighted that the council have been able to carry out so many low carbon projects including the installation of LED street lighting across the Borough and working with local schools to deliver solar energy.  There are further exciting times ahead, and the energy team continue to stay ahead of the game, ensuring they are on top of innovations as they continually come forwards.  I look forward to working up the detail on more pioneering future schemes that are good for the environment and good for both the council and local residents finances.”

Background to projects

A total of 754 solar panels have been installed on the roof of Temple Sutton School, providing 180,000kwh a year – around three quarters of the school’s electricity demand. Southend Adult Community College, meanwhile, has fitted 401 panels to their roofs, providing 90,000 kwh a year, approximately a third of demand.

The solar installations are just one part of a large investment programme in energy savings and generation at the sites, which l also includes such measures as biomass boilers, ground-source heat pumps, LED lighting, additional insulation, motor controls, heating controls and double glazed windows at the school.  It is estimated that 437 tonnes of CO2 will be saved every year from the new measures – the equivalent to 219 hot air balloons filled with CO2.

The initial £1.9m investment is being made by the Council on the school and college’s behalf.  The school and college will then use part of the energy cost savings to pay for the investment over the long term. Additional savings can then be used by the school and college to reinvest into education.

See the website for further information.

Southend Little Free Pantry

TAKE WHAT YOU NEED, BRING WHAT YOU CAN.
Clothes, toys, household goods (within reasonable size limits) and other non-perishable groceries are welcomed.

See the facebook page for further information.

SEEOG – September Newsletter

SEEOG

sept-2016-newsletter

 

Bright Green Future – next generation of environmental decision makers | Permaculture Association

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Bright Green Future – next generation of environmental decision makers

Young people needed to take part in Bright Green Future, a new and unique programme to create the next generation of environmental decision-makers.

We’re looking for exceptional young people aged 15-17, with an interest in acting to reduce the impacts of climate change, to take part in a two year programme starting in September 2016.

Joining Bright Green Future will help young people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to embark on a career path which could influence decisions on energy and climate change, and really make a difference to our planet!

Participants will carry out activities including:
• Local projects – running simple low carbon projects such as a school eco-day or green week, draught proofing workshop, energy auditing, renewable energy assessments, litter picking, film nights, lightbulb swaps and more
• Residential course – a four-day summer school to meet other participants and take part in workshops, talks and hands-on activities
• Training & learning – both face-to-face and online training sessions exploring energy, sustainability, and how to influence decision-making
• Work placement – a ‘policy and influence’ work placement or work shadowing opportunity at a professional organisation which influences local or national policy such as a local authority, a governmental agency, or an environmental and landscape planning body (including our partner organisation, the Town and Country Planning Association)
• Mentoring – help and support throughout the programme from a member of staff at the Centre for Sustainable Energy
Applications are now open to take part in Bright Green Future from September 2016. See www.bright-green-future.org.uk/join for more details. The deadline for applications is Sunday 17 July. An application form, a press release, a poster and further guidance, including a rough timetable and some frequently asked questions, are attached.

Bright Green Future is being run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), an established and respected energy charity with a huge range of experience in delivering projects that involve: helping households to lower their energy use, addressing fuel poverty, supporting community energy, influencing energy policy, research projects, and much more. CSE staff will be on hand to support and mentor participants throughout the duration of the programme.

We’d be really grateful if you could help us to get the word out to young people, and those who work with them, by sharing this information with your local groups and networks, and by posting information about the programme on your website and social media channels.

Bright Green Future is part of a Big Lottery Fund project called Our Bright Future, aimed at empowering young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment. Seewww.ourbrightfuture.co.uk for more details

Walking Together Sponsored Walk

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Walking Together

Trust LinksSponsored Walk

Saturday 17th September 2016

 

Trust Links, Southend’s local, independent charity for wellbeing and mental health is holding a sponsored walk to link up its three sites.

 

  • Growing Together Shoeburyness
  • Growing Together Westcliff
  • Growing Together Thundersley
  • The walk is approximately12 miles long

The Walking Together Sponsored Walk will take place on Saturday 17th September 2016.

It will leave Growing Together Shoeburyness at 8:30am and will aim to arrive at Growing Together Thundersley at approximately 2:00pm.

There will be a pit stop at Growing Together Westcliff.

Walkers will receive:

 

A certificate to recognise their effort

Walkers can sign up for the whole walk, or join or finish at the mid-way point when the walk arrives at Growing Together Westcliff

To register to take part, please email communications@trustlinks.org.

Walking Together: Trust Links Sponsored Walk

 

Saturday 17th September 2016

8:30am start – anticipated end 2:00pm

 

From Shoeburyness to Thundersley via Westcliff

Start

Growing Together Shoeburyness

Elm Rd, next to the Woodlands,

Shoeburyness

SS3 9RZ

Gather from 8am. Walk departs 8:30am prompt

Mid-Way -Refreshment stop

Growing Together Westcliff

47 Fairfax Drive

Westcliff

SS0 9AG

Approximate arrival time 11:00am. Walk departs 11:30am

 

Finish –

Growing Together Thundersley

Behind the White House

Kiln Road

SS7 1TF

 

Approximate arrival time 2:00pm

 

Walking Together info doc 17 09 16

walking together registration form 17 09 16

walking together sponsorship form

Over 1,500 young Southend cyclists now safer in the saddle | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

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More than 1,500 youngsters are now better equipped to take to Southend’s streets after taking part in FREE cycle safety training this school year.

A total of 1,635 9-11-year-olds took part in Level 2 Bikeability Training this year – a course which takes place on local streets, training participants to deal with traffic on short journeys. The uptake is an impressive rise of over 300% since the course was first introduced in 2009, when 537 pupils participated.

Sixty per cent of those who took the training this year achieved all the outcomes of their training and were awarded a formal pass certificate. Those who didn’t achieve all the outcomes will still have learnt skills that make them safer cyclists and have the opportunity to take part in summer cycling courses.

A further 84 eight-to-nine-year-olds took part in basic safe cycle training to lay the foundations of a lifetime of environmentally friendly travel that promotes health and wellbeing.

A subsequent survey of participants showed that 93% of respondents said they would recommend the course to others.

Cllr Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste & Cleansing, congratulated the young cyclists.

He said: “At a time of increasing traffic congestion, challenges around asthma and childhood obesity, the importance of teaching our town’s children how to cycle safely has never been greater.

“I’m delighted that so many young people took up the opportunity to take part in this free training, which equips them with skills to say safe on cycle paths and roads and helps grow a new passion for an activity keeps them fit, healthy and mobile.”

Bikeability is the National Standard for Cycle Training administered nationally by the Department for Transport and delivered in Southend by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

For a full report on a survey – or to find out more about Bikeability training – please visit www.cyclesouthend.co.uk or call 01702 215338.