Transition Town Poole
11 April 2011
18 of us met at the Old Stables, Poole High Street. Gwyn facilitated the meeting.
Jamie and Harriet met Mr Fox (Middle School), very positive
281 signatures on petition – short timescale, local area and parents from school
Council meeting tonight – Brian Clements – raising concern on idea surplus to requirements – benefits to community. Also sent to scrutiny panel for review.
Aim for wildlife survey, design for site.
Canford Heath meeting
Was good for those who attended, but shame so few for the advertising and catchment area. 25 people. Potentially better to go to existing groups rather than try and set up our own. Possibility of talking to schools – Adastral school
Discussed ideas for the next meeting at Canford Heath
- Discussion groups – output
- Story of stuff – waste
- Ideas on transition → get people to talk about what they want for Transition
Recycling – big blue bins, smaller black bins.
Nuffield – LUSH – Richard – Gary to contact – could they facilitate something on the heath ?
Enthusiasm for Transition – succinct
Refreshments again – biscuits and cakes required if people able
Possibility of a film meeting in Old Stables.
Transport links to Town Centre
Andy raised discussion with Sally Funnell, looking for community support for bid for monies to walking and cycling access to town, especially George Roundabout and Seldown Road, Andy to write on behalf of TT Poole.
TT Dorchester – Polytunnel – after easter (post meeting note: they want to raise it Easter weekend).
Site Specific Policies – Harriet
Playing field at North Road – waterlogged land – suggestion of allotments, poor land and restricted vehicles, now suggests wildlife & orchard etc.
Upton – Trevan interested
consultation for end of May (27th)
Web links seem a bit circular, and plan under development over last 4 years, but http://www.boroughofpoole.com/planning/services/ref:S4D99B73E0B029/cf4orce:D4D99B94198487/ is the link on the BoP website saying how you can feed in.
On BoP website. Steven Thorne in Planning. Could we get them to come and talk to us ?
John, Cherry, Trevan, Andy, Harriet
How does this fit into the overall development plan ? – John to try and work this out.
Important point of reference to help with future tactical developments.
Big Green Fortnight
1st June – Dr Allen Knight Southampton Uni
4th June – Green Unity Fair – cinema funded
75 events versus 50 last time
Newsletter – – next one next week
25% opens generally
40% opens – 38% clicked on a link
345 people on the list.
Need link from Website.
Click on Follow link to recommend to friends. Can put a personal message in. Forward onto others who may be interested.
Eric Pickles – have to simplify for street parties- BoP doing as a pilot for the Royal Wedding and extended for Big Lunch.
Earth Charter – Bournemouth Council
Gwyn suggested it would be interesting for us to consider the Earth Charter, especially as Bournemouth Borough council are the only LA to sign up to it so far. http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/
Getting out to businesses. BoB – first and only council adopting it for all their work
Broken down into 4 areas
1. Respect and care for community of life
2. Ecological integrity
3. Social and economic justice
4. Democracy, non-violence and peace
Paul Cooling – any development measuring up against Earth Charter
Any organisation could benefit from doing this.
We then split into 4 groups to discuss the Earth Charter areas, and how they apply to us as individuals, and potentially as TT Poole.
Topics that were particularly powerful for us were;
1a) recognising that all beings are interdependent and every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings.
4b) transmitting to future generations values traditions and institutions that support the long-term flourishing of Earth’s human and ecological communities.
6) Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, where knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach.
7) Adopt pattern of productions, consumption and reproduction that safeguard Earth’s regenerative capacities, human rights and community well-being.
8) Advance the study of ecological sustainability and promote the open exchange and wide application of the knowledge required.
9a) guaranteeing the right to potable water (by promoting the use of greywater and rainwater to conserve supply)
14) Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.
After much debate, Thursday 19th May upstairs at The Old Stables