The Council consults on it’s plan to scrap inner-city recycling

Paul Robinson,  Derby City Council strategic director, came to speak to the Derby Climate coaltion on May 17. As a result we sent him this letter on the May 23rd, copied to the leader of Council, Paul Bayliss and to cllr Ranjit Banwait 

Dear Paul,

Thank you very much for coming to speak to the Climate Coalition last Thursday. As you know, people were very engaged. We agree with you that that many of these streets do have problems with waste management and that a move to a simpler system may help.

Since last week we have had a further discussion among ourselves and as a result, there are a number of issues that we wish to explore with you further. Continue reading The Council consults on it’s plan to scrap inner-city recycling

Waking the giant!

waking the giantHow can climate change affect the Earth?

Last Saturday I heard Bill Mcguire, Professor of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at University College London, talk about how a changing climate can trigger earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. Ironically he was speaking at Cromford Mill in Derbyshire, which contributed, as much as anywhere else, to the start of the Industrial Revolution . It was here that Richard Arkwright proudly opened the world’s first factory nearly 250 years ago. Continue reading Waking the giant!

The Council is planning to scrap inner-city recycling

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The Council wants to take away your and your neighbours’ recycling bins.

You’d then have to put all your waste in your black bin. This would be collected weekly.

This change is only being considered for inner city areas. People living in leafy suburbs will still get a recycling service. Continue reading The Council is planning to scrap inner-city recycling

Proposals to cut staffing on Railways will affect all of us!

Over the next six years train operating companies are embarking upon a new programme of cost-cutting (refer to the McNulty report http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/12658.aspx) that could see:

  • over 20,000 railway jobs put at risk,
  • the closure of 675 ticket offices and
  • a 50 per cent increase in the number of unstaffed stations.

Train companies are driving through the cuts in an attempt to find £3.5bn in efficiency savings by 2019, as requested by the government.

If the cuts go ahead one in ten staff currently working on the railways – including train guards, maintenance workers, and ticket office staff – could lose their jobs and around three-quarters of all the UK’s railway stations could become unstaffed.

This is not a case of creating a million climate jobs but of saving 20,000 Climate Jobs. The better and more attractive the railway service, the easier it will be to get people off the roads and to stop catching planes to places within the UK like Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Therefore Derby climate Coalition supports the TUC led  Action for Rail campaign

 

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Silk Mill March & Rally 2013 features active environmentalists

Support the annual Silk Mill march.

10.30 am Saturday April 27th 2013

Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby

The march will go to the Silk Mill for the laying of the chaplet commemorating the struggle of the workers there in 1834 and will then continue back to the Market Square for speeches and entertainment, with the rally starting at midday

Speakers include
Manuel Cortes General Secretary TSSA transport union and
Romayne Phoenix People’s Assembly steering group.

Both are active supporters of environmental issues.

Derby Climate Coalition will be running a stall. Please come and help. 

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Coalition comprising a number of local groups active in addressing the solutions to climate change.