After two years of campaigning since the election in 2015 the Liberal Democrats are finally succeeding in getting the Conservative controlled Lewes District Council to implement the much-needed new recycling scheme. The new scheme will allow all recycling to be put in the one bin! . Many more plastic items can be recycled helping with the Lib Dem campaign for a #PlasticFreeLewes Residents will have the choice of having two sizes of recycling wheelie bins plus an option of continuing to use their old containers. The Liberal Democrats want the Council to go further with curbside collections and provide gull/vermin proof bags for both recycling and general waste to those residents who can’t accommodate the large bins. Typically this is for those who live in terraced houses, in flats and those with disabilities who can’t manage a large bin. Vic Ient said “We have succeeded in getting a trial started in Lewes for the new gull proof bags and if successful I hope we can convince the conservative administration to include this as a standard option for all residents.”
In the photograph below Liberal Democrat District Council Environment Spokesman Cllr Vic Ient is with District Cllr Will Elliott (Bridge Ward) and environment campaigner, Oli Henman (who is also the Liberal Democrat Candidate in the Lewes town Council elections), reviewing the new recycling scheme.
The roll-out of the new recycling service has started in the coastal towns and will come to the villages in the Lower Ouse Valley in March followed by Lewes Town in April 2018.
The new 240 litre green wheelie bins with a blue lid will replace the old assortment of boxes and bags currently used by residents for their recycling. With the new service much more can be recycled. If one of the new 240 litre bins (pictured) is too big, residents can ask for a smaller bin. The service should be completely rolled out by July 2018.
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Local Lewes Liberal Democrats are calling for a ‘Plastic Free Lewes’. They are asking for a ban on non-biodegradable coffee cups, a plastic bottle return scheme and the provision of recycling bins for the different types of plastic waste. This is part of the Liberal Democrats’ long-term national campaign to persuade the government to move over to biodegradable packaging and rid our country of the blight of plastic pollution and litter. Thankfully, in the autumn budget, the Conservative Chancellor has taken a small step forward on plastic pollution. He’s going to carry out an investigation into charging for single use plastic. Not exactly dynamic but welcomed nevertheless!
“There is national recognition that plastic waste is a major environmental challenge, blighting our landscapes and poisoning our seas,” said Oli Henman, an environmental campaigner and Lewes Lib Dems Town Council candidate.
Recently the government came out with yet another wacky proposal on housing. I fully agree with the comments made by CPRE Sussex “maths behind the calculations is deeply flawed.” CPRE are warning that the Government proposals would have a devastating impact on the Sussex countryside if they are adopted by the government”. The government report is entitled “Planning for the right homes in the right places” if the government adopt the proposals the effect will be to force local councils to give planning permission for developers proposals to build up their ‘land banks’ in the countryside here in south-east. Forcing through planning permissions will further concrete over the countryside but it won’t address the problem of providing homes for those people on our council housing waiting list.
I believe there is a straightforward answer to providing much-needed affordable housing and that is to allow councils to build council houses again. It’s ironic that councils can borrow money to invest in commercial property but ever since the days of Margaret Thatcher councils have been prevented from borrowing money to provide housing!
“Hocus pocus” proposal is a formula for concreting rural Sussex
Highways England spends £250,000 on A27 study as £75m upgrade proceeds
Highways England has confirmed that it will spend £250,000 on a study into a possible scheme that could upgrade a section of the A27 in Sussex to dual carriageway. This, despite the agreed spend of £75m ‘inline’ improvement approved by the government.
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Organised by CPRE Sussex – the Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England – the award ceremony was held in the magnificent Petworth House on Wednesday, October 11th . The Egrets Way Project was a Full Award winner in the Rural Enterprise category. The judges describe the project as ‘an inspirational community project … the result of much integrated work to obtain planning permissions, landowner consents and outside funding.’ Lady Egremont presented the award of a Plaque and a Certificate to Susan Thompson and Neville Harrison, ‘It is an absolute thrill to win an award,’ said Neville, Chairman of the Egrets Way project, ‘and a real boost to the project that will surely help us to find the funds to enable us to complete the path’s missing sections between Lewes and Newhaven’
We are delighted to invite you to the first in our new series of open speaker events on November 24th – ‘Climate Change: Catastrophe or Hoax?’ with Professor Tim Palmer, one of the world’s leading climate scientists.
At a time when devastating storms are increasing around the world, while key governments seem to be stepping back from their commitments to reduce emissions of damaging greenhouse gases, we ask you to join us to debate the real science on climate change. While in power, the Liberal Democrats were able to introduce landmark policies to encourage renewable energy for a full transition to a low carbon economy but many of these policies are now being dismantled by the Conservative government. How can we define what the underlying science tells us?And how can we share these facts in an engaging way?
Professor Palmer is The Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Physics, University of Oxford. He will explore the science of climate change and will share the latest thinking on how to measure and predict our changing atmosphere. He has spent most of his career working on the dynamics and predictability of weather and climate. Amongst various research achievements, he pioneered the development of forecasting techniques for weather and climate prediction (at the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts). These techniques are now standard in operational weather and climate prediction around the world.
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