Enviromental Agency UK have launched a new feature on their website which gives UK residents the advanced opportunity to check if their homes are at risk of flooding and take preventive measures. 2015 saw Storm Desmond wreck havoc in Cumbria in what was the wettest winter since records began.With thousands of families left looking for shelter and damage repairs costing up to £3 million, those worst affected are concerned about the risk of severe flooding returning this winter.
The Enviromental Agency contains overviews about each counties flood prevention schemes. This allows you to see what protections your local authorities have put in place to ensure the risk of flooding is reduced. Residents can also access information about what to do before, during and after a flood.
Climate change has led to a dramatic increase in flooding. Combined with inadequate flood defenses, many lowland areas are becoming more and more vulnerable to flooding. Environment Secretary Liz Truss recently insisted that UK flood defenses are effective, and are simply “to delay the impact and reduce the impact”.
For more information, access the Enviromental Agency website here: https://www.gov.uk/topic/environmental-management/flooding-coastal-change
Cycle Revolution for London
London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to allocate £770 million over the next five years towards cycling schemes. The plans are intended to improve infrastructure and promote cycling in London. Two new cycler-highways are also planned which hope to separate cyclists from other motorists. With Quietway routes also drafted in the plan, traffic in residential areas is expected to become significantly reduced. Similar proposals have seen success in biker-friendly cities such as Brussels and Amsterdam.
However, some of Khan’s promises have come under fire from former mayor Boris Johnson and transport spokesperson, Keith Prince. Both have accused Khan of making false promises and inquired as to where Mayor would source funding. The Bill is expected to be discussed by the Transport for London board next week. For more info visit the City Hall/Mayor of London Website Here
Energise Your Christmas
With Christmas approaching, the Small Wind Co-op has launched a unique gift idea. Jon Halle, Director of the Co-op has announced he plans to offer wind energy gift certificates in exchange for shares that are valued from a minimum of £100.
Their main goal is to raise enough funds to build two small community-owned farm-scale wind projects in Scotland and Wales. Supporters who get involved with the project will be rewarded with a certificate as well as details about the project.
So far, similar projects have helped set up over 30 community energy projects throughout the UK. Halle has This is the last chance to support a fantastic community project with solid returns for planet and pocket. We’ve had a really good response to our new Gift Shares idea too – there aren’t many Christmas presents that will still be paying out in 2037!
The first tranche of shares have been issued, and the project has so far raised £1.2 million. With just £280,000 shares left to collect, Small Wind Co-op are appealing for support from the community. Director Jon Halle has commented on the project progress “We’ve already started building work at both sites, and expect to be generating our first green power in early 2017 so I’d urge people who are thinking about joining us but haven’t yet done so not to miss out on this great opportunity.”
The Christmas gift certificates are available from the Small Wind Coop website www.smallwind.org.uk which also includes a downloadable share offer document and comprehensive details about the project. Offers expire on the 16th of December so you have just two weeks left to donate and snap up your gift certificates.