Why is active travel important for health

Active Travel is a form of transport of people and sometimes goods, that only uses the physical activity of the human being for the locomotion. The most known forms of active travel are walking or cycling.  Daily physical activity is hugely important for maintaining health  and inactivity directly contributes to one in six deaths in the UK. The recommendation from the chief medical officers (CMO) of the UK is clear: all adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of Continue reading →

A re-balancing of our travel system is needed.

Some key messages when developing a healthy local transport strategy include:  physical inactivity directly contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and costs £7.4 billion a year to business and wider society  the growth in road transport has been a major factor in reducing levels of physical activity and increasing obesity  building walking or cycling into daily routines are the most effective ways to increase physical activity  short car trips (under 5 miles) are a prime area for switching Continue reading →

Just joined 20sPlenty

We have just registered the 20mph campaign with the national 20sPlenty organisation.  Similar groups in Wiltshire would be: Atworth, Bradford-on-Avon,  Dilton Marsh, Lockeridge, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Purton, Salisbury, Shrewton, Winsley and Turleigh.  There are a number of areas that are already 20mph including Biddestone, Melksham and parts of Chippenham. Our local MP Michelle Donelan is also interested in 20mph speed limits and you can complete her survey here  We need to improve Corsham’s public realm and encourage active travel.  This will lead to health and well-being benefits, Continue reading →

October litter pick

Our October litter pick was really very well attended, 30 keen litter pickers turned up including 6 children. It was great to see so many youngsters. As we had so many volunteers, we were able to send groups out to most areas of Corsham, and we collected 25 bags of rubbish as well as 6 smaller bags of recycling. Among the finds were a saucepan, tyre, remains of a car accident (light bulbs, glass, bumper…) as well as the usual discarded fast food wrappers, sweet Continue reading →

A Plastic Ocean

A Documentary Film at the Pound Arts Centre Tuesday 23rd October at 7.30pm tickets £7.50  Both beautiful and chilling, A Plastic Ocean is an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver over a four-year period as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there.   “The most important film of our time.” – Sir David Attenborough

September litter pick

The weather wasn’t great, but an intrepid team of 13, including one child and Councillors Steve Abbott and Raymond Le-Var met at the Springfield Campus for September’s litter pick. We like to respond to residents’ requests and having heard about glass scattered under swings in the playground at Meriton Rec and lots of litter in the Nature Reserve at the bottom of Katherine Park we headed off to clear up both of these areas. Someone else had cleared the glass when we arrived but there Continue reading →

August litter pick

On a dry day in August, 12 adults and 3 children donned their hi-vis jackets, grabbed their pickers and headed off into the unknown to clear Corsham of litter! We had a very successful morning with 20 bags of rubbish being collected in total. Ruth Hopkinson, our Wiltshire and Corsham Town Councillor headed off with a group to Pockeridge Lakes and the ditch in Buckthorn Row and collected 7 bags of rubbish themselves! Apparently, those fishing use sweetcorn and spam as bait (who knew!) and Continue reading →

July litter pick

We had a very successful litter pick this month, a total of 14 people braved the showery weather including 2 children who had fun using the pickers! An initial heavy downpour wasn’t enough to dampen spirits but did mean a quick dash to seek shelter. The heat of the previous few days seemed a thing of the past and it was quite chilly for those in T-shirts. Undaunted we headed off to different locations and managed to cover Valley Road, the Springfield Campus, Springfield Rec, Continue reading →

June litter pick

Our June litter pick went well and the weather was sunny for a change! 10 willing helpers turned up and 9 full bags of rubbish were collected. We covered several areas around Katherine Park, Kings and Queens Avenues to the north of Corsham, parts of the A4 and Bradford Road, the Springfield Campus, Meriton Rec and to the south of Corsham Regis School.   During the month a volunteer found a key whilst out litter picking and via the Shout Out Corsham Facebook page managed to Continue reading →