Engaging Worthing in responding positively and creatively to energy descent
Transition Towns are a new approach to community-level sustainability and are based on the ethos that we need to plan for a future that includes economic uncertainty, climate change and the end of cheap fossil fuels. We need to work together to address these issues at a local level.
Climate change and economic uncertainty make change essential; peak oil makes change inevitable; however, Transition makes positive change desirable.
If we plan and act as a community, we can help shape our own future. Our grassroots approach recognises that every community is different and that politicians don’t have all the answers. By working together and sharing our collective skills and creativity, we can design ways of living that are more community centred, sustainable and satisfying than at present.
The Transition Towns movement started in the UK, but you’ll now find hundreds of Transition Groups all around the world, building better futures for their communities.
How can I get involved?
Worthing Borough Council Local Plan
Public consultation ENDS on 22nd June 2016.
The Government requires Worthing Borough Council (WBC) to produce a new Local Plan to direct the development of the town up to 2033. This is our chance to influence what happens in Worthing to make it a more sustainable community. The consultation runs until 22nd June and can be found at http://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/worthing-local-plan . This document and all related papers can also be read at the main Council Offices and in libraries.
It is a long document (35 pages), with plans and charts as well as text and questions are put to residents at the end of each section.
TTW will respond as a group, but we would also urge individuals to make their own responses, the more of us that respond, the better.
The plan details 8 green field sites and 10 brown field sites that could be used for possible future development. There are also a number of references to ‘sustainability’ and on the mitigation of weather impacts provoked by climate change. At this first stage of consultation we think it is important to support WBC to take these elements into account when further developing the plan.
Improvements to roads, rail and bus services are also referred to, but are beyond the control of the WBC. Without such improvements, notably to rail and bus services, new housing and commercial expansion will worsen our urban environment and constrict travel beyond Worthing.
Our aim is to influence WBC to make improvements to air quality, noise reduction, sustainability, resilience to climate change, green space protection mandatory in the final plan, rather than just recommendations.
Come and save cash at the Energy Shop based in St Paul's every Wednesday
The warmer weather might be around the corner but you can still swap and save money in time for those summer hols.
All you need to do is bring a current energy bill (gas or electric) in and let us do the rest. Even if you don't need to swap we've got loads of advice on household energy savings for everything around the home or place of work.
You can find us by the stage every Wednesday in the St Paul's Arts Centre, 55b Chapel Road Worthing BN11 1EE between 10.00am and 3.30pm.
Feel like you are already on top of your energy consumption at home? Why not come and be trained in energy swapping to boost and share your knowledge? Either email Rod Thick at email@example.com or just come along on Wednesday and speak to someone at the energy swap desk.
We are pleased to announce that a number of fused glass panels commissioned by TTW have now been installed on Worthing Pier. The panels are designed to raise awareness and remind people about the importance of the marine environment to the town and to promote TTW. In due course a plaque will be added to explain about the work of TTW and about the inspiration for the panels. In particular this should help promote the beach clean that we host each September in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society, to clear waste and educate people about the damage caused by items we discard. Siobhan Jones has worked closely with us to interpret, in glass, our concept of a healthy beach for Worthing. Keep an eye out for Siobhan’s upcoming blog on what inspired her design for these windows.
Artworks designed and made by Siobhan Jones from the Forge Gallery, sponsored by Worthing Youth Council and funded by Worthing Borough Council.
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