Mapping a Sustainable future

Chiddgreen is supporting the Neighbourhood Plan for Chiddingfold, and the next event hosted by the Neighbourhood Plan steering group is all about maps and spacial plans. It will be held on
Wednesday 26 November at  8pm, refreshments provided.
The Villagers on Woodside Road

We will be working with maps and plans to add detail to the Neighbourhood Plan theme & visions developed so far.  You might like to add ideas and locations for community development spaces: what you think really matters.

Sign up for emails here – Chidd.org

What to Expect

This is an opportunity to set out a framework to guide everyone – villagers, developers, the planning authority and service providers – about Chiddingfold’s future development. The whole Neighbourhood Plan process aims to offer a measure of control over what happens in our village. It also helps create a strong community and ensure a sustainable future for the services, facilities and environment of the Parish in the next 15 years.

Previously…
On 29 October we heard about the consultation so far, and from the working groups:

  • Infrastructure and Wellbeing
  • Recreation, Culture and Sustainability
  • Housing, Heritage and Design
  • Employment and Business

All the presentations are are available to look at, and download at Chidd.org
Also…There is  a Google+ page where you can add your thoughts. (You need to set up a Google account if you don’t already have one.)

Logs4Labour Sunday 2 November

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month! Whilst it is still mild, collecting seasoned logs before they get damp is an important job. Join us and help to process last year’s seasoned timber piles, and you will be rewarded with a boot-load of logs.

Renewing our insurance this month, so donations are especially welcome 😉

More details about our scheme on Fowlshatch Copse web pages

And if you want to buy a short stove or a long candle take a look at the new on-line store.

 

Chiddingfold Neighbourhood Plan – Join in!

Meeting at The Village Hall on Wed 29 October at 8pm.

Find out more …and  how it relates to Waverley’s Local Plan.

The picture shows the proposed extension to Chiddingfold’s village boundaries. The wheels of government seem to move so slowly,  but Watch Out!  when there is a movement, it seems like an earthquake – so many things change at once.

2014-09-16  Proposed change to settlement boundary

The Local Plan seems to be all about housing. There is a ‘presumption in favour of Sustainable Development’. If, like us (and the UN, by the way), you think that a sustainable approach is Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, then you will want to have an input – there seems to be a lack of ‘joined-up’ thinking about school places, transport systems that encourage and promote low-carbon solutions, and things like employment for local people, local supply chains and protecting our natural environment – everything from amenity land to how we handle water supply, waste water and recycling. And will all these houses be low-energy buildings? Or have financing options to make them more affordable? These issues need debate and discussion!

How to find out more…

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) seems to have been under discussion for ages, with plenty of proposals outlined and captured in various places.

Come along to a meeting in the

Village Hall on Tuesday 28 October  8pm  to hear more

Come prepared! Try these links

A quick guide to Neighbourhood planning

Chiddingfold Parish Council’s NP page

Waverley Consultation on Housing Proposals ( but BE QUICK – it closes on 17 October)

The map of proposed extension of the village boundary (also the featured image)

 

Waverley’s Housing Options exhibition came to Chiddingfold on Wednesday 1st October for just two hours (11am- 1pm!), and we had very little notice), … If you want to complain about  the process – please send an email to the leader of Waverley council: robert.knowles@waverley.gov.uk

My email reads like this:

Dear Mr Knowles,

I live in Chiddingfold and wish to complain about the process for generating interest in the Local Plan. I missed the Local Plan proposals Exhibition. It only came to the village for two hours on a Wednesday. No one I know even saw it! Emails were sent out to local groups by our local Parish Council on the morning of the 1st – very poor show indeed!

I feel the consultation is not really designed to engage local people in having a say in developing a sustainable plan for our area, and in particular my village and the surrounding areas.

There seems to be so much missing;  how the plan deals with  nursery and school places ( I am a Governor at a Secondary School);  an approach to transport  that  encourages cycling and walking, yet caters sustainably for everyone; employment, businesses and the economy; amenity spaces, from organised sport to enjoying the wider natural environment; …I could go on. Especially, I notice a gap around how the presumption in favour of a low-carbon future that I care about can be implemented in an open and transparent way.

We need to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Crucially, an ability to allow residents to shape their own needs is slipping.

Making Waves may have been sent to every household and business, but you are not providing the opportunity for organised groups to have debate and discussion.  You still have the opportunity to change the process for the better, and engage with more than a tiny minority of people beyond local politicians and officials currently likely to have a meaningful input. The cost may be more than the budget, but the cost of getting it wrong will be felt  by many for many years to come.

I urge you to divert more resources into communicating and listening to interested parties via local groups (like Chiddgreen that I help to run) and using channels that are easy and flexible to engage with. Making Waves and the paper consultation only presents a limited and restricted question about the numbers of homes – nothing about energy performance of those homes, environmental impact of increased numbers of homes on a variety of other infrastructure issues, and makes no mention of objective measures of sustainability.

….signed in the usual way…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodland Workshop – Kindling

STOP PRESS – New Time 3 pm Please let us know if you are coming using the contact form.

Ever wondered why those nets of kindling you get in the supermarket cost £4 or £5? We think it is definitely worth figuring out how to make your own.
Come along to Fowlshatch Copse on Sunday 21 September 10am  3pm and have a go at developing your skills – safely! We have a number of small axes to be used, but if you have your own bring it along.
Please use the contact form to let us know if you are coming along and how many people. Dogs and children welcome. (We will send a map,and directions!)
Since we cannot all be chopping at the same time, please also bring something to eat and share. Everyone will be able to collect some kindling for free – the cold weather is on its way. Log Bags for sale £3 each.
We are also happy to answer questions about the Logs4Labour events for the 2014-15 season.

More information

Event summary

Map

Risk Assessment

Wonderful Woodfuel

Bags of logs for collection.

Bags of logs for collection.

Take a look at the gallery. 12 people, 2 cakes, litres and litres of squash, and more than 10 bags of logs, and a much tidier wood! Thank you to all who came, and if you want some logs there are a few leftover. Contact us to sort out a time if you want to collect unseasoned hardwood logs (perfect for next winter!) Full bags are £5 each – and you get to keep the bag!