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  • February 2011

    Posted on February 16th, 2011 Steve No comments
    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s Latest E-Bulletin (February 2011)
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    (1) Recycling Centre: Your Last Chance To Make Your Opinion Count? – Wednesday 16th February
    (2) “Open” Committee Meeting – Friday 18th February
    (3) Whitecleaves Quarry Ash Recycling Plans – Friday 18th February
    (4) Ashburton Futures Solar Bulk Purchase Scheme – Tuesday 22nd February
    (5) In Transition Film and Discussion – Tuesday 15th March
    (6) Fruit Tree Project Update
    (7) Community Composting Project Update
    (8) * Orchard Millenium Green Meeting – Thursday 17th February
    (9) * Upcoming Transition Town Totnes films
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    (1) Recycling Centre: Your Last Chance To Make Your Opinion Count? – Wednesday 16th February

    In case you haven’t heard, the Bulley Cleaves recycling centre has been earmarked for closure as part of the budget cuts that Devon County Council (DCC) have made.
    According to Stuart Barker from DCC Bulley Cleaves recycling centre costs the Council tax payer £215,540 per annum which equates to around £190 per collected tonne, making it the single most expensive facility in the County (Newton Abbot recycling centre costs average £84/tonne and Totnes £90/tonne). Even after including the cost reductions that Terry Sanders & Son Limited has said that he can make, it would still cost around £137/tonne and still be the highest cost in Devon.
    Even if the site were run on a commercial basis (by either the present contractor or a community interest company), it is likely that the site costs and the equipment and transport costs would be so high that it would require a gate fee which would be too high and more than the cost of a trip to Totnes.
    So, it sounds like there is little chance for the Bulley Cleaves recycling centre to continue in its present form. The final stage of the budget approval is the full County Council meeting on Thursday 17th February. If you’d like to make your opinion known then please send an email to John Hart (john.hart@devon.gov.uk).
    If the closure does go ahead, BTT will continue to work with Buckfastleigh Town Council and local residents to try and identify an affordable and sustainable recycling solution.

    (2) “Open” Committee Meeting – Friday 18th February

    The next BTT Committee Meeting will be held on the evening of Friday 18th February. The meeting is open to all BTT members, and if you do want to come along then please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info) and we’ll let you know of the location and exact time of the meeting.

    (3) Whitecleaves Quarry Ash Recycling Plans – Friday 18th February

    Plans to create a plant in Whitecleaves Quarry to recycle ash into material for road-building and other construction will be on show at St Luke’s Church Hall, Buckfastleigh on Friday 18th February between 1pm and 7pm.
    MVV Umwelt is the company behind the controversial plans for a waste-to-energy incinerator in Plymouth. They want to build a plant at Whitecleaves Quarry to turn around 56,000 tonnes of ash a year from the incinerator into material for road-building and other construction. MVV Umwelt have said that the new plant would employ six to eight people.
    BTT understands that MVV Umwelt has yet to formally approach Buckfastleigh Town Council about the proposed plant, but that the Town Council are aware of the plans and will discuss them further once more details are available.
    BTT would encourage all interested residents of Buckfastleigh to go and see the plans for themselves next Friday and raise any concerns that they have with a representative of MVV Unwelt.

    (4) Ashburton Futures Solar Bulk Purchase Scheme – Tuesday 22nd February

    Would you be interested in getting a discount on installing solar photovoltaic (electric) or solar thermal panels on your roof and benefit from free electricity and a good rate of return on your money? Ashburton Community Energy are trying to get enough interested people together to be able to get a significant discount (maybe 10%) off the cost of installing solar panels, and thanks to Buck The Trend this scheme is also open to people in Buckfastleigh and Buckfast.
    Once all expressions of interest have been received, Ashburton Futures (AF) will collate addresses and send out to installers who we have determined are offering the lowest price per Kilowatt hour requesting that they contact you directly to arrange to undertake a survey and provide a quote.
    At the same time AF will liaise with Dartmoor National Park Planning Department to identify planning requirements and issues with a view to a response on the collective package of properties making up the bulk purchase scheme.
    Once installers have provided individual quotes, then there will be a need for a selection meeting to discuss quotes, possibly with installers invited to present  and for participants to decide which installer they wish to contract with/finalise level of discount. AF will be happy to facilitate this meeting.
    Once the bulk purchase participants have collectively chosen a preferred installer each participant will need to enter into an individual contract with the installer, and the installation can then be scheduled.
    If you decide to participate in the bulk purchase scheme, then you will need to make a £150 donation to support AF activity in recognition of the role provided by AF in supporting this project.
    If you are interested in participating in the bulk purchase scheme will need complete an Expression of Interest form and email it to inge.page@googlemail.com by Tuesday 22nd February.

    (5) In Transition Film and Discussion – Tuesday 15th March

    Do you know about the Transition movement? Do you think that Buckfastleigh should join this movement? If you want to know more, then BTT will be screening the “In Transition” film on Tuesday 15th March at 7:00pm in Buckfastleigh Town Hall. The film will be followed by questions and discussion with Hal Gillmore and Carole Whitty of the Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes. Entry is free (although donations are welcome) and refreshments will be available.

    (6) Fruit Tree Project Update

    Two members of BTT attended Transition Town Totnes’ Fruit Tree pruning day on Saturday 12th February (10:30am-4:30pm) in Hazelwood orchard, Loddiswell. Plans for what to do with Cherie the Cherry Tree are still developing.
    If you’d like to be involved in this project then please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (7) Community Composting Project Update

    The group visited the Proper Job recycling centre in Chagford on the 29th January. Two members will be attending the Orchard Millenium Green Meeting (see below).
    The next meeting of the group will be on Monday 28th February.
    If you’d like to be involved in this project then please contact Ros at boz.box@virgin.net or contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (8) * Orchard Millenium Green Meeting – Thursday 17th February *

    Buckfastleigh & District Society will be hosting a meeting about the Orchard Millenium Green Trust in the Town Hall on Thursday 17th February at 7:30pm.

    (9) * Upcoming Transition Town Totnes films *

    Transition Town Totnes are screening a number of interesting films in the next month:
    • Richard Heinberg: The End of Growth, Friday 4th March. Totnes Civic Hall. 8-10pm. £5 (£3.50 conc).
    A rare opportunity to hear Richard Heinberg, author of ‘The Party’s Over’ and leading peak oil educator, talk about the future of our ‘growth’ society. All welcome.
    • The Corporation, Tuesday 8th March. Dartmounth Inn. 8pm (doors open 7:30) £4/3.
    Provoking, witty, stylish and informative, this 2004 film explores the nature and rise of this dominant institution of our time. If ‘the corporation’ were on the psychiatrist’s “What kind ofperson would it be?” Interviews with Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva & Michael Moore – plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.
    • Naomi Klein : The Paradox of Crisis – the challenge and the opportunity of uncertain times, Saturday 19th March. St John’s Church, Bridgetown. 7-9pm. £4/3 conc.
    Looking at the various crises going on around the world, what are the challenges ahead and the opportunities for us as a community? Can we meet these changes skilfully? World-renowned activist Naomi Klein, author of ‘No Logo’ and ‘The Shock Doctrine’, on a rare visit to Totnes, hosts an evening of discussion and participation. All welcome.
    * CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OTHER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSED BY BUCK THE TREND BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS OF THE GROUP