Archive For The “Green Issues” Category

How You Can Help The Battle To Protect Our Ash Trees

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From the District Council website: Chalara dieback of ash Posted on 08 November 2012 by admin What is the threat to the ash population in the District and in the UK? Cherry Orchard Country ParkChalara dieback of ash is a disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea. The disease causes leaf…

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First Ship To Wallasea Island On The 20th

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The first shipload of earth from the London Crossrail project is due to arrive at Wallasea Island on August 20th. It’s part of a very important conservation project. Why is the earth needed? The RSPB website explains here: The island is on average 2 metres below sealevel, having eroded over the years of intensive farm…

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Join In The Big Butterfly Count !

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Join In The Big Butterfly Count !

The Guardian explains things pretty well here: If this summer’s 50 shades of grey are getting you down, imagine how miserable it is to be a winged insect. In what is shaping up to be the worst year on record for butterflies, Sir David Attenborough on Wednesday urged people to find a window of sunshine…

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Bumps On the Roof Of Our Cars?

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Bumps On the Roof Of Our Cars?

If you drive on roads like the A13 you’ll find quite a few drivers are sticking to 50 mph and cruise control to save fuel. Here’s another idea (no guarantees that it works!) We found a new article on the Pacific Standard website that’s quiet intriguing. It’s about a Californian deep-sea diver and inventor who’s…

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A LOT of Solar Panels

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There’s a planning application in at the moment to install 109 solar panels on the roof of Philpot House in Rayleigh (the offfice building opposite Rayleigh Station). Officers are recommending approval: The building is at the bottom of a hill therefore it would be possible for the panels to be viewed from some of the…

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Beware Of Bogus People Trying To Sell You Insulation

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There’s a warning on the District Council website: Residents in the Rochford District are being warned to be on their guard after reports that a company has been cold-calling people in the area posing as council officials and trying to sell loft and cavity wall insulation. The Council has received reports that a company has…

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Now, That’s A Lot Of Solar Panels

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Council officers are recommending planning approval for a big array of solar panels at Oldbury Farm, Southend Road, Great Wakering. You can download the full report here (104kb) but here’s an extract: Location : Oldbury Farm Southend Road Great Wakering Proposal : Ground Works to Cut Away Section of Reservoir Bank and Installation of Ground…

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A Really Good Garden Idea ?

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A Really Good Garden Idea ?

With the price of food going up , more people want to grow their own vegetables and fruit. But a lot of modern gardens are really too small for this, and there’s often a waiting list to rent an allotment. On the other hand , some people have a big garden but are either too…

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A Dimmer Future….

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As the Echo explains here: This week Essex County Council decided it would push ahead with plans to turn off 70 per cent of the county’s street lights between midnight and 5am, saving £14million in electricity bills and cutting carbon emissions Lights in town centres and at major junctions will stay on. The lights will…

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Bees And The Future- And Sainsbury’s

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Sometimes the issues that people talk to you about on the doorstep don’t fit neatly under a political label. And one issue that is cropping up is the decline in the bee population. Here’s an interesting post from South London Lib Dem David Boyle, particularly where he says: I took this up with an important…

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Airport Expansion Given The OK For Takeoff

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As the BBC reports: The government has approved plans for a runway extension at Southend Airport in Essex. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government John Denham claimed the right to a final say on the extension earlier this year. He could have called for a public inquiry on the decision made by Southend…

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Get A Thermal Image of Your Home

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One of the useful things about a snowfall is that you can look at your roof and see if the snow is melting. If it is, you have poor roof insulation. But instead of waiting for snow, you can now ask the District Council to bring their thermal camera to your home and take a…

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