Are you ENTHUSIASTIC, FULL OF ENERGY and PASSIONATE about The Churnet Valley?
If YES, then we need YOU!
The Churnet Valley is at a critical moment in history; the fine balance of nature and unique environment that the Valley offers is under threat. Among an number of currently very real threats, the prospect of a decade of toxic dumping and landfill is now on the horizon. Help us protect the Churnet Valley and surrounding areas from further destruction. As part of The Churnet Valley Protection Fund we are inviting you help us and get involved, donate and submit your ideas to further develop our Churnet Valley Protection Strategy.
We are looking for people from all ages and backgrounds to get involved, so whilst you’re here please;
2. Drop us an email about how you can help and what ideas you have.
3. Share this link with 20 of your contacts today: The Churnet Valley Protection Fund Go Fund Me Link (you will genuinely be surprised the difference it will make!)
At a time of local, national and international health crisis the environmental protection work of CVCS & WAG is increasingly important. Find out more and follow us on Twitter and WAG Facebook / CVCS Facebook.
For more than 15 years WAG and CVCS have been active in working to protect the beautiful Churnet Valley. Both groups are still going strong but would be able to do more with a little help from you.
The two groups with their hard-working residents have
1. Between 2008 and 2014 fought for the Churnet Valley to be granted Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) status. In 2014, by preparing detailed research material and lobbying at a local, district and national level both groups actively participated in persuading the SMDC General Assembly to adopt the policy of seeking ANOB status and incorporating that policy in the SMDC Core Strategy. When the National Government appointed the Graham Committee to investigate the need for more areas being designated as AONB as part of its attempts to meet its international commitments to reverse the effects of climate change, CVCS & WAG made submissions to have the Churnet Valley granted that status. Both groups have now been advised that the Churnet Valley is in the last three areas being considered for AONB. The general election and the current Coronavirus crisis risks the work of the Graham Committee being side lined. Both groups need your help to achieve AONB status to help protect the Churnet Valley.
2. Contributed detailed factual research to help shape the Churnet Valley Master Plan, and the Independent Inspectors public hearing to shape and approve the SMDC Core Strategy adopted in 2014. As part of the inspection process WAG were invited by the Inspector to help write Core Strategy Policy SS7 tourism policy a mark of the respect the Inspector had for the work of WAG.
3. Are currently parties to the ongoing Independent Inspection of the SMDC Local Plan and helped bring about a requirement that SMDC made 60+ major changes to the Local Plan. The hearing is still on going.
4. Instigated research and gathered support from Churnet Valley residents to urge the Staffordshire County Council (SCC)to adopt a ‘Quiet Lanes traffic policy’. Many of the access roads into the Churnet valley are narrow and winding and unsuitable for substantial number of cars. The Quiet Lanes policy is to encourage responsible driving and use of the lanes so that they can be safely used by cyclists and walkers. Unhappily SCC has not yet been persuaded to spend the modest sum involved in adopting the policy in the Churnet Valley because of Government austerity cutbacks. WAG & CVCS continue to press for the adoption of the Quiet Lanes Policy. You could help by urging SCC to adopt the policy
5. Produced detailed traffic census evidence and photographs showing the growing pressure of traffic adversely affecting the area of the Roaches and Tittersworth whilst advocating access to cyclists and walkers.
6. Supported the protection of verges to act as wildlife corridors for endangered flora and fauna along the lanes of the Churnet Valley.
7. Repeatedly helped surrounding communities to help structure representations designed to help them achieve healthy levels of air quality and reduce toxic emissions. The recent appointment of an SMDC group aimed at reducing toxic emissions in a number of ‘hotspots‘ is welcome and timely. Both CVCS & WAG will continue to use its talents and resources to further this new initiative.
So, will you help in the work of both groups to press for AONB status, the monitoring of and proper implementation of the SMDC Core Strategy Policies?
At a time of local, national and international health crisis the environmental protection work of CVCS & WAG is increasingly important.
You can help by,
Joining WAG or CVCS.
Donating to WAG or CVCS.
Even small sums can be maximized by the application of the many voluntary hours of practical work already given by the current membership.
You can both join and/or give by emailing either or both groups below. For those willing to give to the, bank transfer details will be sent out to you by return:
The Inspector has written to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council regarding the Housing Implementation Strategy. Please follow the below link.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council refused permission for Laver Leisure to develop a 250 lodge holiday camp at Moneystone Quarry. Laver Leisure lodged an appeal.
An appointed Planning Inspector from Bristol is to hold a public hearing to determine the appeal. The hearing is to be held at the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Offices at Stockwell Street, Leek, starting 10am Tuesday 7th November 2017. The hearing is likely to last 7-8 days.
Local community members are to speak at the appeal hearing along with key pressure groups and organisations opposing the scheme, including parish councils.
You have an important individual right to make representations at the hearing.
The Inspector has agreed that if any member of the public wishes to speak and who attends at 10 am 7/11/17 and asks to speak, the Inspector will allocate a time and date for them within the timetable.
Anyone who wishes to make representations should attend at the start of the appeal but need not stay and can return at their allotted time.
SMDC Planning Applications committee are due to sit on Thursday (15/9/16) to hear SMD/2016/0378 the re-submission of their application to develop Moneystone Quarry into a huge leisure facility. Please all come along and show how much this means to you. The meeting commences at 2pm at Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek ST13 6HQ. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
We’re raising £5,000 to fight proposed developments in Moneystone Quarry because a large development will ruin the Churnet Valley. We need your support, so please visit our crowdfunding site by clicking on the below link.
Check out this video clip of a long lorry causing problems for other road users by travelling on an inappropriate narrow and twisting road between Alton Village and the entrance of Alton Towers.
A ‘new’ planning application number SMD/2015/0220 has been made to SMDC by the same applicants whose earlier application SMD/2014/0432 was rejected by the planning committee on the 26th. February 2015.
Centre for Policy Studies report claims that renewable energy is on course to be “the most expensive domestic policy disaster in modern British history”
The true cost of wind farms and other green power projects is far higher than ministers have admitted, a new Centre for Policy Studies report claims, claiming renewable energy will be “the most expensive policy disaster in modern British history”.
Scrapping the UK’s green energy targets in favour of gas-fired power plants would save consumers £214 a year by 2020, the report suggests – despite ministers’ insistence that the total impact of the policies will be only £141 per household by then.
Wind and solar farms rely on subsidies to be economically viable and the costs of the subsidies are charged to consumers through so-called ‘green levies’ on energy bills.
“The costs of intermittent renewables are massively understated,” the CPS argues, accusing ministers of an unstated policy objective to deliberately “hide the full cost and operational implications” of green power.
As well as subsidies for the wind and solar farms, the CPS report points to the need for dozens of backup power plants to keep the lights on when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.
New wind farms are being built to help tackle global warming
Ministers have been forced to offer additional payments to gas and coal power plants because the intermittent nature of wind and solar power “wrecks the economics of conventional power stations”.
“To keep the lights on, everything ends up requiring subsidies,” the CPS says.
The costs of new cabling to connect up wind farms in remote parts of Britain and far off the coast are also not properly reflected in current assessments, it says.
The “patchwork of interventions” is an unduly costly way of keeping the lights on, the report argues.
It suggests that if ministers want to keep to their green energy targets they should renationalise their construction, so avoiding the need to subsidise private companies to build them for profit. Nationalisation would save consumers £92 a year by 2020, it estimates.
Ministers are backing a vast expansion of green energy under plans to help tackle global warming.
Under EU rules, the UK is required to generate 15 per cent of its total energy – including heat, power and transport – from renewable sources by 2020. In practice, this means 30 per cent of its electricity will need to come from renewables.
Official Government estimates, published last year, show that a typical household now pays £68 a year in green levies to subsidise renewable energy projects and to fund carbon taxes – about 5 per cent on an annual gas and electricity bill of £1,319.
By 2020 minister, the estimates suggest, such levies will hit £141, or 11 per cent of an annual bill of £1,319.
This includes the costs of more wind and solar farms being built and carbon taxes rising, as well as the Government’s estimate of the costs of the new scheme it is introducing to subsidise conventional power plants as backup for intermittent renewables.
A spokesman for the Department of Energy Climate Change said: “The figures in this report don’t add up and ignore the urgent need to cut our carbon emissions. We are making sure we can keep the lights on, cut carbon emissions and keep bills down for consumers.”
- 13 May 2014
- From the section Science & Environment
The government has unveiled proposals to limit the subsidies paid to large solar farms from next April.
Owners of installations bigger than 5 megawatts (MW) will have to compete with other renewables for financing.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change (Decc) says it wants to encourage the development of smaller scale and community energy production.
Campaigners have condemned the move, saying it will undermine investor confidence in the renewable sector.
The government wants to draw a close to the current system two years before it was projected to end.
Many parts of Southern England have seen a boom in solar power generation in recent years. There is currently enough photo-voltaic installed capacity to power 620,000 homes.
Land owners have been encouraged to switch to “solar farming”, thanks to a subsidy regime that can earn them around £1,000 per acre per annum for up to 25 years.
The government proposals highlight concerns that this switch to solar is happening far too quickly. They are worried that by 2017 there will be more solar energy being produced than the UK could afford.
Now, in a move that has been trailed for some time, it is set to bring forward a change to the way that solar producers receive financial support.
Under existing regulations, PV installations are subsidised through the Renewables Obligation system.
This “one way” mechanism means that generators get paid regardless of any changes in either the price of electricity or their costs of production.
If these costs of production drop, as has happened to solar power over the past four years, there is no way for the government to claw back any of the subsidy.
The government now wants to end this system two years early and make solar installations larger than 5MW compete for subsidies under a new method called “contracts for difference“.
Under the Decc proposals, large scale solar farms would have to fight for cash with what the government calls “established technologies” including onshore wind, energy from waste with combined heat and power and big hydro-electric installations.
Up in the air
The proposals also clearly show a government preference for solar panels to be placed on top of industrial buildings rather than on the ground in fields.
Tariffs paid for building mounted solar panels would decline at a slower rate than for ground mounted panels according to the plans.
Community-owned schemes though will benefit under the proposals, with the government suggesting that the size of solar or onshore wind projects that can benefit from feed-in tariffs be doubled to 10MW.
Solar industry sources though were unhappy at the changes outlined.
“This policy proposal will undermine investor confidence in the entire UK renewable energy sector, by removing at a stroke the short and medium-term policy certainty required for major project investments,” said Seb Berry from Solarcentury.
“Large-scale solar is already significantly cheaper than offshore wind and will be competitive with onshore wind by 2017. In deliberately setting out to strangle the growth of cheaper solar from 2015, Secretary of State [Ed] Davey can no longer claim that government policy will deliver the most cost-effective mix of technologies by 2020.”
Campaigners were also upset, claiming that the government has completely underestimated the potential of renewables.
“Every time a renewable energy technology starts to do well it gets hit by a wave of Government uncertainty, which pushes up costs and threatens jobs and investment,” said Alasdair Cameron from Friends of the Earth.
“Attacking large-scale solar parks, while doing almost nothing to boost rooftop systems, is another sign of this Government’s piecemeal approach to policy making. Solar power is cheap, popular and essential for tackling climate change and energy security.”