Opening of the 725th Goose Fair

Warm and pleasant sunshine, and another mad hat.
Higher res photos available on Facebook.
Previously –
724th, 722nd, 721st, 720th.

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Post assessment of Nottingham being green

The city and county are pioneering ways to become ‘greener’ claims Kit Sandeman, a Local Democracy Reporter for the N Post (and I think the BBC).
17 initiatives are highlighted; the article is helpful to read and to have, though I quibble with the emphasis given (or not given).
What sets Nottingham apart is –

  • incinerating waste otherwise destined for landfill, using resultant high pressure steam to generate electricity , and the resultant hot water to heat the city centre, St.Anns and Sneinton; whilst equivalent schemes elsewhere in the country fail to start and other schemes to sort waste more first have financially failed.
  • determined and early prioritisation for buses (bus lanes, and city centre clear zone), and the first bus passes for older and / or less mobile people anywhere in the country;
  • workplace parking levy; asking the commuter to pay for better public transport rather than the general tax or council tax payer;

What sets The Meadows apart is the Meadows O-zone energy services company (Mozes) – providing solar panels and now a domestic energy initiative (Project Sensible).
At various times, companies have demonstrated excellence – from memory, Experian and their management of energy at their offices and computer bureau.

We’ve had set backs too.
The loss of a city-wide food re-cycling scheme.
The loss of the local food scheme for our hospital catering.
An inability to do more with anaerobic digesters.
Slow progress on green architectural technology.
Wasted time as some of the green progress made has been threatened from within.
The lack of progress for an electrified Midland Main Line, the nonsense of the dual energy trains proposed instead and the very limited progress on a south Notts rail network.

I’m intrigued by new possibilities – such as –

  • outer leaves being used instead of plastics to sell fruit and veg.;
  • copying European ideas – much more adventurous use of heat pumping to heat and to cool;
  • the return of biodigestable plastics; and
  • can’t we do more with paper instead of plastic?
    We also need to re-balance the country and our education provision so that people travel less to work and to school.

Better financing for councils will allow general progress across services and in the design of projects. Calls for councils to do more without the extra finance can only frustrate.

Now for the list from the N Post article

  1. Using thermal imaging drones to repair the district heating network
  2. Bee-friendly verges and wildflower corridors
  3. Green taxis (that are actually black)
  4. Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change
  5. Phasing out single-use plastics
  6. Robin Hood Energy
  7. Thousands of solar panels installed
  8. Ultra-low emission vehicles, lanes and charging points
  9. Europe’s largest community battery
  10. The tram
  11. Zero Carbon targets
  12. Climate emergencies
  13. Extinction Rebellion raising awareness
  14. You can have your beer delivered on a bike
  15. World’s largest fleet of biogas buses
  16. Trialling heating buildings using water from mines
  17. Ban on drivers leaving engines idling

Canvassing in Forest Fields

With Paddy Tipping, Police Commissioner, and Cllr. Toby Neal who was picking up again on the neighbourhood’s main concern of litter and tipping. One resident is expressing public outrage, but it’s a tad harsh on residents when a lot of the litter is blowing up the street from a take-away and local convenience stores. The routine Sunday collection was collecting notified rubbish.
Rain interrupted canvassing a bit, but households noticed us and brought out extra umbrellas to allow us to carry on.