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Hurricane Dennis & climate resilience
The arrival of heavy rainstorms and high winds from Hurricane Dennis this month reminds us of the need to make our community more resilient to the effects of climate change - see the flooded highway at Mead Lane above.
SEG's Climate Change page describes some actions we can take to make our homes, gardens, business premises and business activities more resilient and less vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather (from heatwaves to extreme rainfall events). We provide an extensive range of guidance, tips and advice as well as sources of other online information and advice.
Saltford Wombles : Sunday 23 Feb
Our next group litter pick is on Sunday 23rd February, 2.00-4.00pm, meeting outside The Little Coffee Shop on Manor Road. Please do come along.
If you have litter pickers, gloves and high viz vest please do bring them, but if not we can provide them. We have bags provided by B&NES Council.
As with any Saltford Wombles litter pick, everyone takes part at their own risk and it is essential that children are supervised at all times by a parent/carer (young children will be allocated an age appropriate area of your choice to litter pick).
If you would like to attend this litter pick, or find out more about the Saltford Wombles, please contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories of Fairtrade, Bath Library 3 Mar
'Heading for Extinction' talk 26 Feb
Dr Paul Reid-Bowen (Bath Spa Uni) and Jess Johannesson are coming to speak at Keynsham Baptist Church, Keynsham High Street on 26th February. This will be an opportunity to hear the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and solutions offered through the study of social movements.
It will be an opportunity to hear more about the scientists' view that the planet is in ecological crisis and Extinction Rebellion's approach to the situation and the sixth mass extinction event this planet is in the midst of experiencing. They believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown.
Whatever your views you are invited to come and hear more about this. Everyone is welcome and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and discuss afterwards.
Bus, Walking & Cycling Consultations
Local people are being encouraged to give their views on new plans to substantially improve walking and cycling in the West of England. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is running consultations on a regional Bus Strategy and a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) between 3 February and 15 March 2020.
The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan outlines £400m of infrastructure projects that could dramatically improve cycling and walking across the region and help to make active travel the preferred choice for shorter trips.
WECA together with Bristol City Council, B&NES Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council, is also simultaneously consulting on its Bus Strategy which outlines how the West of England authorities intend to double bus patronage by 2036. Both consultations can be accessed via this external link: travelwest transport consultations >>.
Saltford's air quality improving!
B&NES Council has informed Saltford Parish Council that due to the air quality monitored* on the Bath Road (A4) in Saltford having improved since an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) was established in Saltford in 2013, it is likely that the AQMA will be revoked later this year (2020).
*Monitored near (i) the Crown PH and (ii) the Library/PO.
The provisional 2019 data (un-bias corrected) is showing that the nitrogen dioxide concentrations are remaining below 40 µg/m3, with The Crown (DT075) at 33 µg/m3 and Bath Road (DT077) at 29 µg/m3. The final data will be available later in the year when the results have been fully confirmed.
As the results are remaining below 40 µg/m3 the Annual Status Report is likely to recommend removing the AQMA in Saltford.
Parish Council resolution on Mead Lane (4 Feb)
At its meeting on the evening of 4th February Saltford Parish Council discussed the B&NES Cabinet decision concerning the need to ban moorings in Mead Lane to protect the stability of the riverbank and passed the following resolution:-
Saltford Parish Council welcomes the B&NES Cabinet decision on 16th January to remove moorings at Mead Lane by 7th February and to undertake a structural survey of the river bank to enable repairs to the bio-engineered rock armour stabilisation scheme as soon as possible to protect vital infrastructure.
SPC also welcomes the Council's decision to request that officers undertake further analysis of residential mooring arrangements along the river, to include arrangements for boaters and their families. SPC recommends that B&NES Council investigates with key agencies including the Canal and River Trust and the Environment Agency how best to support, manage, and enforce the use of moorings on the River Avon to make the river safer for all users including the live-aboard community whilst protecting the river as an important Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI).
SPC asks B&NES Council to install without further delay effective physical measures to protect the riverbank and the highway edge itself from vehicle damage. If necessary temporary measures should be taken before the riverbank stabilisation scheme is repaired.
On completion of the stabilisation scheme repairs, SPC asks B&NES Council to take forward the proposal for designating Mead Lane riverbank as a Local Nature Reserve to protect the vegetation that underpins the stabilisation scheme whilst providing public amenity benefits - leisure, recreation and education.
B&NES Council is asked to recommence senior officer dialogue with SPC and to discuss with the local community its implementation plans for the above measures and actions.
SPC also discussed the possibility of the local community under the auspices of SEG setting up a group to take an active interest in looking after the flora and fauna of the riverbank(s), e.g. "Friends of Saltford Riverbank" or similar. SEG will investigate and discuss this with residents soon; in the meantime the priority is for the riverbank to be surveyed and repaired by B&NES Council.
On 10th February SEG's Chairman hand-delivered to B&NES Council at The Guildhall, Bath photocopies of the original options design, plans and environmental reports for the 2005 Mead Lane riverbank stabilisation works. Digital copies were also supplied to SPC for its records.
Fairtrade Coffee morning 28 Feb
To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight there will be a Fairtade coffee morning at Saltford Hall in Wedmore Road on Friday 28th February from 10.30am-12.30pm.
The theme this year follows on from 2019, 'She deserves a fair wage', but our Fairtrade group has learnt so much more about how Fairtrade is trying to tackle the ever present climate change issue and other important factors to make Fairtrade farming more sustainable.
By enjoying Fairtrade products and hearing how the Fairtrade Foundation are making valuable inroads to help Fairtrade farmers we would like to arm everyone with practical helpful facts to take away and help spread the Fairtrade ethos with us. No coffee morning would be complete without home made cakes and we look forward to sharing a warm welcome to everyone.
Archaeology Store Guided Tours 20th Feb
B&NES Council's Heritage Services team is putting on Guided Tours of the B&NES Archaeology Store in Pixash Lane, Keynsham on Thurs 20th February 2020 at 11am & 2pm. The Roman mosaics and other finds from Keynsham are kept there; this is a rare opportunity to see them.
More and older news stories from SEG
Our 'Newsletter' archive page features most of our past and recently published news stories (click on image):-
Current areas of local volunteer assistance sought by SEG
Here are the current vacancies:-
Website skills wanted!
Our website is a popular resource for our members and others which means that in addition to keeping it relevant we want to make sure it continues to function as it should.
If you live in or near Saltford, care about your local environment and have current knowledge of website design and might be interested in using your IT skills for a bit of IT volunteering to help us behind the scenes please get in touch with our Chairman by email to email@example.com for a no-obligation chat on possible volunteer help.
First published June 2018, updated January 2020
Executive Committee: Want to help steer SEG?
SEG is seeking new Executive Committee members to help steer and develop SEG's future as we address the environmental concerns of our members at the local level. If you think you might like to get involved and join our Executive Committee (enthusiasm is more important than expertise!), please contact our Chairman, Phil Harding, for an informal non-committal chat.
The Executive Committee only meets 4 times a year and its working method is more about sharing ideas and getting things done in a friendly and productive atmosphere than being bogged down with time-consuming administration.
First published February 2018, updated January 2020
Saltford Weather Station
Saltford Heritage Centre's next scheduled public opening will be announced here.
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