A week is a long time in Climate Change Politics

Suddenly Climate Change is on the political agenda and there is real pressure on government, big business and the fossil fuel industry. Many conditions have come together to bring about the last weeks action, but the catalyst of this is down to one person, Greta Thunberg. It’s difficult to believe that she only started her campaign last August 2018 outside the Swedish parliament but this is how these things happen. The last weeks action by Extinction Rebellion has done more to advance the issue of Continue reading →

Reduce Climate Change by investing in Walking and Cycling

Wiltshire Council has recently declared a Climate Emergency and so Transcoco has decided to propose a number of changes that could be done to address this issue. The following proposal is for a realignment of Wiltshire Council’s transport spending so that it prioritises Walking and Cycling. Why Transport CO2 emissions in the UK are generally going down because many of the old Coal and Oil fired power stations are being closed. But Transport is the only sector where CO2 emissions are going up. This is Continue reading →

The case for traffic free cycle paths

Building and maintaining traffic free cycle paths should be a national priority in this country? But it is not, why? There’s huge sections of national government in this country that extols the benefits of cycling for reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes levels, reduces pollution, congestion and all those other good things and yet there is no investment. Even the wiltshire cycling strategy provides a detailed list of advantages of cycling and the respective cost savings to the country. Lets look at the local situation Continue reading →

Chippenham-Calne cycle path under threat

UPDATE 28th March – Wiltshire Council has agreed to fund the path for 5 years so the petition has worked for now. see http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/chippenham-calne-cycle-path Using the following link to access the petition site https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/174/602/091/keep-the-calne-chippenham-cycle-path-open/?taf_id=61746431&cid=fb_na The North Wilts Rivers Route is a 16km shared use cycle and pedestrian path established in 2000 by North Wilts DC. 7km is owned by eight different private landowners and leased to Wiltshire Council.The leases are all due for renewal on 1st April 2019 and the non-renewal of the leases and Continue reading →

10 March 19 – Litter Picking the Lanes

Members of Transition Corsham were out on the Lanes between Corsham and Chippenham on 10th March, litter picking. Easton lane and the road from the Thingley crossroads at the A4 to Lacock have suffered in recent years from persistent littering. Easton Lane is currently closed to traffic due to the Hunters Moon development so its an ideal traffic free litter picking target. The other lanes have wide verges and are also safe to pick. A total of 14 people were involved who collected at least Continue reading →

Give and Take Success

Thank you to one and all, for your brilliant efforts to enable Give and Take in Box to be a great success. Masses of stuff arrived and went out again along with crowds of people. We took £70 in donations to cover costs of Hall hire and printing, and £52 from selling leftover items. The GIVE AND TAKE event works because so many people help to carry tables, set up the stalls, keep order and then dismantle and ship unwanted items away to charity shops and recycling. Continue reading →

Wiltshire Council declare a Climate Emergency

Wiltshire Council, a Unitary Authority, declared a Climate Emergency yesterday after more than an hour of debate The Executive had initially turned down the proposition of going carbon neutral by 2030, but the motion was eventually passed by 36 to 32 with lots of abstentions. The campaign was led by the Lib Dems who have 20 seats on the Council, compared to the Conservatives 68. This outcome shows clearly the importance of having a number of members of the public give passionate, supportive speeches at Continue reading →

December litter pick

Our festive December litter pick went well despite the rain, we had over 20 volunteers including a number of children and we all looked very festive in our Christmas jumpers and hats! Councillor Ruth Hopkinson and Helen Belcher, whose working to be the Lib Dem MP for Chippenham, came along to help. We managed to litter pick parts of Bradford Road, Park Lane, Valley Road, Furzehill, Station Road, around the Campus and Pickwick Roads, Meriton and Springfield Recsto name but a few. As well as Continue reading →

November litter pick

November’s litter pick went well with over 35 people, including Cllr Steve Abbott, children, parents and a staff member from Heywoods Prep School and a lady who recently turned 90 years of age proving you’re never too old to litter pick! Despite rain initially, we collected 20 bags of rubbish plus 5 bags of recycling.  The highlights were a pair of socks, a full (!) nappy, a pair of trousers, a packet of prawn crisps and 8 unopened cans of strong cider!  Areas covered included Continue reading →