The Alton Society’s Committee has established the Sustainability, Greening and Environmental Group – known as the ‘Sustainability Group’ – to take a direct interest in these policy areas. Its terms of reference have been set widely and the Group will choose specific areas on which to focus at any one time.
It acts as a formal sub-committee to the Society’s main Committee which receive reports on a regular basis. The Group also considers suggestions from the wider membership.
The Group currently comprises Bob Booker, Rod Eckles, David Simpkins, Simon Stoodley, James Willis, Charlotte Wigzel, Ginny Boxall and Martyn Dell. All care passionately about our Town and the surrounding areas.
In 2016, under the leadership of Rod Eckles a wide ranging survey was completed by over 180 individuals in the Alton area.
The Group has recently determined that its major priority is to follow up on aspects of particular concern and will focus on town/High Street ‘vitality’. Rather than act in isolation, it will collaborate with other individuals and organisations working in the same area.
Useful Updates on Waste and Recycling…
Don’t forget that the District Council do Glass Recycling every fortnight so ensure you use it and if you don’t have a glass recycling bin get in touch with EHDC and get one!
If you’re sometimes unclear about recycling – what can and cannot be recycled, and when – EHDC have produced a useful guide in the recent edition of Partners magazine (page 4). In fact, the Council are moving to a new contract at the end of September, and our waste, glass and recycling collection days may change.
For now, here are some links for keeping up to date on new information:-
General guidance on bin collection: easthants.gov.uk/bins
When your bin will be collected: easthants.gov.uk/newbinday – and enter your address.
Garden waste collection: easthants.gov.uk/garden-waste
There is a waiting list for garden waste collection, but if you would like to join the waiting list call 0300 300 0013 to register your name address and telephone number and EHDC will contact you once a space becomes available.
Tomorrow (Demain) The Film 22.3.19
On 22nd March 2019, the inspirational film Tomorrow (Demain) was shown in Alton. The film is about living in harmony with the planet and reducing global warming. It is all about your children and grandchildren’s future. It shows practical proven solutions to ecological social and economic problems in 10 countries including the UK. It will give you hope whilst recognising the huge problems about climate change. The event was a collaboration between Energy Alton, Alton Local Food Initiative and ourselves. Thanks for the 100+ people of all ages who came and supported us. There are plans to show it to an even wider audience.
Jointly sponsored by the Alton Society, Energy Alton and Alton Local Food Initiative.
Sustainability Group update by Martyn Dell – August 2019
The last 12 months have seen two new members join the Sustainability Group which now numbers ten. All are very enthusiastic and keen to see us ‘make a difference’ across the wide range of issues which we consider. Three are highlighted below.
A recent priority has been examining future arrangements within the county for dealing with waste. John Pritchard takes a particular interest and attends the county wide Project Integra Strategic Board whose brief includes developing a robust strategy for dealing effectively with the vast amount of waste which we as a society generate. Although the resource implications of developing new facilities are considerable, we don’t have the option to ‘do nothing’. Several of our members had the opportunity of visiting the Veolia Material Recovery Facility just outside Alton which was impressive but is not capable of processing much of the waste we produce.
Another of our members, Charlotte Wigzell, also a member of Energy Alton, has conducted some very useful hands-on research into Alton’s town car parking issues, trying to understand the problem areas, how we can encourage people to use their cars less and how the sustainability of the town centre can be enhanced.
The group – together with the wider Alton Society – is taking a keen interest in the work on the Revised Local Plan, trying to ensure that sustainability and environmental issues feature prominently and tangibly in the Plan. Finally, the group has warmly welcomed the launch of the Alton Climate Awareness Network with individual members closely involved in its developing role.
Martyn Dell, Convenor, Sustainability Group
South East Water has produced an excellent leaflet on water use – check it out here .