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					                      SUSTAINABLE CHESHIRE
                           FORUM NEWS
                                                                             Winter 2005

   A year of action on waste in 2006                                               Inside this issue:
                          This years annual Sustainable Cheshire Fo-
                          rum meeting saw the launch of a year of ac-
                          tion on waste issues. The event was held on
                          Monday 21 November at Trafford Hall, near Acton Bridge                        2
                                                                      greenway opened
                          Mickle Trafford. Over 70 people gathered to
                          listen to experts on a wide range of waste Lion Salt works                    2
                                                                      Science week
                          issues, although focusing around 4 priority activities
                          areas of buy recycled, waste minimisation,
                                                                      RTPI award rec-                   2
packaging and food wastes. Morning speakers included Chris Davey on ognises North-
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Cleaner Merseyside Centre on the Buy Recycled programme.              Woodland

Participants then launched the year of action waste by developing their           Winsford busi-        3
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own personal and organisational action plans for 2006 in a workshop               for sustainable
session. These action plans have been collated into one master action             development
plan which can be viewed at                   Cheshire geology      3
The aim is to encourage others to continue to contribute to this plan             update
throughout the year. There is agreement between Cheshire County
                                                                                  Ashton Hayes is       3
Council and the SCF that both will share the theme for action each year,          first village going
so within the Council a similar action plan will help to lead a programme         for carbon neu-
of internal work around these issues. The day was rounded off by a car-           trality
ousel of short presentations on a diverse range of waste topics and an            Local, regional &     4
optional site visit to Gowy landfill to see both the landfilling and com-         funding news
posting operations.
For more information contact Michele Burrow on 01244 603125 or email                                                     Special points of in-
£2000 fuel poverty grants from the NEA                                             
                                                                                  See our back page for
Non for profit agencies are being offered the chance to win £2000                  details of how to make
to tackle fuel poverty in vulnerable households in England. The                    your Christmas that little
Affordable Warmth Sustainable World Award is organised by Na-                      bit greener as well as a
tional Energy Action with DEFRA and npower. One organisation                       range of events to keep
in each region will receive an award of £2000 to help develop their initiative     up those New Years
between Feb - April 2006. A national winner will receive a further £3000.          resolutions in 2006

                                                                                  Ashton Hayes is the first
Around 3 million UK households live in fuel poverty and for every 1% rise in       community in the UK to
energy prices, an extra 40,000 households become fuel poor. The recent in-         set a target for carbon
creases in the cost of gas and electricity have proved that reliance on low en-         at  y
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ergy prices is unsustainable. Entries for the award scheme need to demon-          population, find out more
strate either partnership working, sustainable energy, energy efficiency cham-     on page 3.
pions or working with hard to heat or rural homes. More information and an
application form (submissions by Friday 20 Jan 2006) can be found at or by emailing
                     Opening of Acton Bridge section of greenway
                         Crossing the busy A49 at Acton Bridge, near Northwich, is now a safer
                         experience thanks to a £30k scheme to deliver a multi-user crossing
                         underneath the bridge that will benefit cyclists and horse riders as well
                         as walkers, boaters and anglers. The new section of greenway has
                         been delivered by a partnership between Groundwork Macclesfield
                         and Vale Royal, Vale Royal Borough Council, Cheshire County Coun-
   cil and British Waterways. The new works provide a safe link between two key cycleway
   routes –Cheshire Cycle Route Number 70 and the National Cycle Route Number 5 and
   also contribute to the developing network in the Weaver Valley Regional Park for horse rid-
   ers, cyclists and walkers. A major feature of the project has been the use of heritage materi-
   als which blend sympathetically with the attractive waterside environment.

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   great benefits to everyone wanting to cross the A49 bridge without using the busy road. The
   provision of new ornamental traffic bollards enhances the waterside vista and provide much
   needed segregation between boaters moored alongside the bridge and the many visitors
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                Science week at the Lion Salt Works Trust
   The Lion Salt Works Trust is building a brine graduation tower for Science
   Week in March. Jules Vleugels, from Rheine, Germany is coming to help build
   a scaled version of the monument in his hometown. He is also giving a public
   lecture, in partnership with the Trust and pupils of St Nicholas High School.

   The experiment will build a scale model to demonstrate the use of a brine cascade over the
   thorn bushes to increase the salinity of the brine for later evaporation in open pan salt mak-
   ing. In towns such as Rheine the increased salinity of the air gave air quality similar to sea-
   side towns and a spa town was established downwind of the towers. Public Demonstration
   Sun 12 March, 10am to 5pm Free (Donations welcomed). Evening Lecture 14th March
   Northwich Memorial Hall. Adults £3, Children £1. Schools can book to visit the experiment
   Monday to Thursday 13-16th March. For further info contact Andrew Fielding 01606 41823
   or email

          Have you been to Northwich Community Woodlands recently?
                              Created from derelict land, the Northwich Community Woodlands
                              now provides over 500 acres of rich environment to the north of
                              Northwich town centre. The area is made up of nine countryside
                              sites each with a different character and history. Well known sites
                              within the area include Marbury Country Park, Anderton Boat Lift,
                              Ashton & Neumans Flashes, as well as other areas such as Furey
   Wood and Carey Park. The site was originally set out in 1970 when Marbury CP was first
   created, now the work is almost complete it forms part of the Mersey Forest. The woodland
   provides numerous opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riders, wildlife watching, en-
   joying the art installations and learning new skills through the numerous events run there.
   The transformation of the area has recently been recognised by winning a NW award for
   Land Reclamation and Community Access by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). A
   new explorer leaflet has also been produced to promote enjoyment of the area. For more
   information visit
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                          Businesses on Winsford Industrial Estate have voted to implement
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                          trict (BID) with a majority of 89% backing the proposal. The BID will
                          see nearly £500,000 of additional investment for the estate through
                          a local increase in business rates between 2006 and 2011. The
                          BID is led by the private sector and chaired by Gary Chester from
                            mb sa o P ca i h a t ss xee t e s o b s
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                          A a s d r a k g gw os i “ iie c ln n w fr u i    l                 -
  nesses who will see a range of additional benefits delivered free from the normal ties of gov-
   rme tu d g”
  en n fn i . n

  The BID aims to deliver a number of programmes designed to improve the estates environ-
  ment (including enhanced landscaping which will see additional planting on the estate), se-
  curity, transport provision (including a car sharing web site and reviewing bus timetables)
  aw well as create a dedicated business support facility (including an estate web site to pro-
  mote local employment to local the local population). The BID will act as a succession strat-
  egy for a North West Development Agency and ENWORKS funded Green Business Park
  project on the estate. For further information contact Greville Kelly at Groundwork, tel 01606
  723160 or email

                              Cheshire geology update
  The Cheshire region Local Geodiversity Action Plan (CrLGAP) Partnership have
  been approached by Greater Manchester as well as Anglesey to act as a mentor
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  tion as a case study within the national guidance for Planning Policy Statement 9
  (PPS9) on Biodiversity and geological conservation. There is some sad news
  however, that Dr Jac Potter is leaving the University College of Chester at the end of the
  year to take up a post at Trinity College, Dublin. The Cheshire RIGS group has secured
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  fn i fr mo ts opo u ee u ai a p cs o 3o T r c q ar s F rute         s       i           h
  information on the CrLGAP or Cheshire RIGS contact Dr Cynthia Burek on 01244 375444
  or email
                            Ashton Hayes sets out to be first Carbon Neutral village
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                           N url a project. This will encourage all residents to think about ways of re-
                           ducing greenhouse gas emissions and help them to take no-cost actions
                           that should enable the village to declare itself carbon neutral in a matter of
                           years. From the community there have been offers of practical help, as well
                           as offering tracts of land for tree planting.

                            To become carbon neutral the village will assess current emissions and
                            then reduce them through individual energy saving and lifestyle considera-
  tions. Not all emissions can be prevented but those that are produced can be offset through local
  renewable energy schemes or forestry projects. The University of Chester will be involving students
  on its new Masters degree in Sustainable Development, in Spring 6 week work based learning pro-
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  and monitor progress of the project. Ashton Hayes Primary School children will also be involved. Lo-
  cal businesses have offered to plant trees and provide expert advice on sustainable development,
  communications and tree planting advice as well as examining ways of sourcing saplings.

  The project will officially launch at the village hall on the 26th January, 7.30pm. For more info contact
  Garry Charnock, tel. 01829 752714, email
Winter 2005                                                                                              Page 3
   Grab a Grant!              Chester wins Green Apple
CSV has hundreds of
grants available from 1       Chester City Council has been awarded
Jan to 30 June 06 for         a national environmental best practice
groups who want to                        ’s
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make a difference to their    change. The Council is taking part in
local      environment.                         ’
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Grants of up to £50 are       thority Carbon Management programme and has also set a com-
available for activities         me n ’
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such as tree planting,        across the District. Working toward this goal begins with planting
wildlife boxes, community     2000 —3000 trees across the District this year involving a wide
gardens or local clean        section of the community including schools, parish councils and
ups. For a pack call          residents. For more information contact Jean Briffett on 01244
0121 3287455 or email         402455 or email
naseem@csvenvironm                                          Regional News...
                               Consultation on the draft Regional Spatial Strategy is being con-
      WED 2006                ducted by Forum for the Future. The Examination In Public will take
The Environment Agency is     place in June and a Sustainability Appraisal will be finished in Jan.
now planning the next          The NW Sustainable Energy Strategy is now going to print and will
World Environment Day
                              be published shortly.
(June 5). Any suggestions
for events April-June which    The NW sustainable development framework, IAT, is now online at
could support WED to
jackie.bowley@environm         The future of the NW Education for Sustainable Development Fo- or tel.     rum is currently under discussion, including appointing a co-
01925 543365                  ordinator.

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I de migo age n r hit sa das san beN w Y a!
                   A guide to a greener Christmas has been produced for the Cheshire pub-
                   lic. It includes 25 tips on how to make your holiday celebrations have a
                   little less impact on the environment without being a Scrooge! Subjects
                   covered include Christmas trees, cards, presents, decorations and food
                   as well as relevant information around reducing waste and recycling, sav-
                   ing energy and staying warm, doing your bit with transport and wildlife
                   over the winter months. It includes a number of fantastic facts such as:
                    Eight million Christmas trees are bought, generating over 12,000 ton-
                   nes of additional rubbish, which is nearly six times the weight of the Lon-
                   don Eye
                    125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging are thrown away over Christmas,
  the equivalent weight of more than 50,000 festive polar bears
We consume 5.5 million jars of mincemeat, 12 million jars of pickles and 6.5 million jars of
  cranberry sauce all packaged in glass. The weight of all these jars is equivalent to 59,500
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And to help you plan your sustainable New Year ahead, a
guide to environmental and sustainability events has also
been produced for 2006. If you have an event you would
like to be advertised through the calendar, please contact
Michele Burrow on 01244 603125, or email

Both guides can be viewed at