West Somerset and Taunton elections-our 4 pledges call to candidates

Taunton Transition Town proposed four pledges for the new West Somerset and Taunton Council

In the context of the May 2019 West Somerset Taunton elections Taunton Transition Town calls on the political parties, candidates and councillors to:

  1. Declare a climate emergency and pledge to take action by making West Somerset and Taunton carbon neutral by 2030 and to develop a full action plan to implement the pledge (including monitoring) by 2020.

 

Why?  This is in the wake of the recent IPCC report https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/spelling out the risks of a temperature rise of more than 1.5C and the lead taken by a number of other UK local authorities. For Bristol example see http://bit.ly/climem

 

  1. Prioritise walking, cycling (adopting Taunton Area Cycling Campaign’s ‘Turn the network blue’ objectives) , local bus services and park and ride in future funding bidsand resource allocation, working with relevant partners.

 

Why? Approximately £40m has been spent/is being spent on new road schemes and it is time to refocus for social equity, environmental and economic reasons. In January 2019, NICE published stated ‘ New and upgraded roads should prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport over motorised vehicles’ see http://bit.ly/NICEcycle

 

 

3. Uphold their fiduciary duty by quantifying, disclosing and reviewing the pension fund’s investments in carbon intensive industries, engaging in a dialogue with fund members and managers on responsible investment and committing to phasing out fossil fuel investments over an appropriate timescale.

 

Why? We believe the council has a responsibility to act on climate change and has, at this moment, an opportunity to show leadership on climate action, responsible investment and the management of climate risk through addressing the practices of the council pension fund

 

4. Support the call for a national ban on fracking and campaign for a Frack Free Somerset.

Why? In 2015 the government granted 159 licences for hydraulic drilling for oil and gas (fracking). Included in these licences is Bridgwater Bay from Kilve to Clevedon. Stretching inland they take in the Somerset Levels, Quantock and Mendip Hills .All areas of outstanding natural beauty.(AONB). We should not be extracting more fossil fuels from the ground when their use threatens not only our local environment but climate change on a global scale. The government has allowed fracking for oil and gas to become part of the national energy strategy. This despite documented evidence that the recoverable amount will be minimal and non-profitable. They have also passed legislation that gives the powers to override local governance and rule in favour of the fossil fuel industry.

Somerset Square community garden update

Taunton Transition Town(TTT) has been really pleased to have maintained the gardens over a number of years. The gardens have attracted a lot of interest and positive comment, as well as a supply of local food (albeit on a small scale).

A number of events have occurred over the 2017/18 which means that TTT is no longer managing the gardens. The site has been taken over by Brian Heath and a new group of volunteers.

Growing Taunton – 5th August

We will be out and about again Saturday in Somerset Square to finish off the terracing of the slope.

Location: Somerset Sq – between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground

When: Sat 5th August – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town have been running this site at Somerset Square for some years now; replacing the municipal plants with something we can eat or which is beneficial to insects.  Find the vegetables, herbs and other plants growing in the planters between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground in Taunton.

What is ready now?

  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Lovage – great herb with a strong celery taste – use sparingly
  • Oca Leaves – the leaves have a citrusy taste and great addition to salad
  • Courgettes

Come along and hear all about the community garden and what is ready now.

We need your help to weed, plant and haul water!  We have big plans for Somerset Square and need your help. Bring you garden forks, trowels and gloves for some extra special TLC to this wonderful display. This time we hoping to transform the slope into a wonderful terrace of incredible edibles.

Growing Taunton – Sat 1st July

We will be out and about again Saturday in Somerset Square to finish off the terracing of the slope.

Location: Somerset Sq – between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground

When: Sat 20th May – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town have been running this site at Somerset Square for some years now; replacing the municipal plants with something we can eat or which is beneficial to insects.  Find the vegetables, herbs and other plants growing in the planters between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground in Taunton.

What is ready now?

  • Peas
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Lovage – great herb with a strong celery taste – use sparingly
  • Oca Leaves – the leaves have a citrusy taste and great addition to salad
  • Some lettuce leaves left

Our courgettes are progressing and some are in flower…. so will be ready very soon.

Come along and hear all about the community garden and what is ready now.

We need your help to weed, plant and haul water!  We have big plans for Somerset Square and need your help. Bring you garden forks, trowels and gloves for some extra special TLC to this wonderful display. This time we hoping to transform the slope into a wonderful terrace of incredible edibles.

Chris Goodhall Talk-The Switch 26 June

Quaker Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP
Doors will open at 6pm with light refreshments available.

£3 entry on door to help cover costs.

Chris Goodall will cover the subject of his latest
book, The Switch. He will explain why a rapid
transition to renewable energy is essential,
affordable and technically feasible.
Followed by questions and discussion.
Chris is a good speaker and renowned
expert on new energy technologies with a website
at: http://www.carboncommentary.com

The Great Get Together

https://michellerumney.com/longrun-meadow-labyrinth-inspired-jo-cox/

On Sunday 18th June in Taunton…

Christopher Jelley and Michelle Rumney will create a Labyrinth at Longrun Meadow in Taunton and want people to come along (bring a picnic) and join them larking about by the Labyrinth!

This is part of the The Great Get Together Campaign that aims to overcome loneliness – bring a friend or family members, or somebody you know doesn’t often get out.  Free

A Classic or Cretan 7-path labyrinth in the grass will be created; the artists are inviting people to join  in the afternoon and find all sorts of ways to use it – walking it together, in pairs, in a conga.. and alone – quietly or noisily – who knows?!

WHERE: Longrun Meadow… next to French Weir Park

WHEN: Sunday 18th June – From 2pm

Bring a picnic!

Bike Ride Around Taunton – Sun 18th June

Sunday 18th June 10.30-12.30pm Free led Ride organised by TACC

Location: Vivary Park Bandstand

A gentle loop cycle ride of 11 miles. Taking in some of Taunton’s hidden cycle network and green wedges, we will  be passing though scenic Bathpool via the canal towpath.  Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Email tauntonareacyclingcampaign@gmail.com if you intend to come. http://www.tacc.space

Growing Taunton @ Somerfest – Sat 17th June

Join us on Saturday in Somerset Square to get your chance to plant and take away your very own veggie seeds.

Taunton Longswords are going to be attempting to break records by slashing plastic milk bottles in two – see 1000 cuts challenge.. https://www.facebook.com/TauntonLongswords

So Taunton Transition will receive the halved milk bottles and getting everyone to plant a seed/s of their choice. We have got compost… we have seed… so get planting on Saturday from 12 to 6.

Where: Somerset Square below the planters (between the Cricket ground and the Brewhouse).

When: Sat 17th June 12 to 6.

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Putting in the terracing…

Plus hear all about Taunton Area Cycling Campaign and the latest happenings for the promotion of cycling in the local area.

 

 

Growing Taunton – Sat 3rd June

Location: Somerset Square, between the Cricket Ground and the Brewhouse Theatre.

Time: 10.30-12.30

Growing Taunton will be out working on the planters and slope in Somerset Square on Saturday.

The focus will be on completing one of the terraces on the slope.

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Bring spades, trowels and gloves and prepare to get stuck in.

The aim is to have level terraces on this small slope to make planting easier and help retain water rather than let it run off.