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Today, Jane Durney submitted a response on behalf of One Planet Bruton CIC about the Brewham Road North Planning Application 20-02297-OUT.

We gave our comments orally at an Emergency Bruton Town Council meeting on 28 September 2020. At this stage, we object to this application:

  • It does not adequately respond to the Climate and Ecological Emergency declared by both South Somerset District Council and Bruton Town Council.
  • The Flood Risk Assessment and proposed measures for flood management are inadequate.
  • There are inaccuracies in the information provided for sewage disposal.
  • There is no commitment to Biodiversity net gain.
  • The cumulative impacts of development in Bruton need to be assessed.

Further details are contained in the letter attached.

 

201008 OPB response to Brewham Road North 20-02297-OUT.pdf

 

 

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Have you ever thought about getting solar panels for your roof but not known where to go or who to trust?

Solar Streets is a community and Bruton and Castle Cary Town Council partnership with IDDEA and the Green Group to bring discounted solar PV to Bruton, Castle Cary and the surrounding area (within 5 miles of the centre of Bruton or Castle Cary).

For more information see: https://solarstreets.co.uk/brutoncaryplus 

IDDEA's offer is a 12 panel 4kWp system from £4,000. Smaller and larger systems are available with add-ons such as batteries for storage of electricity and iBoost to heat water. The standard offering features black 340Wp panels.

IDDEA has already completed around 70 installations in partnership with Frome Town Council up the road in Frome and are running a similar scheme in St Albans and district. They are MCS-certified with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

Benefits to the environment: Installing solar PV reduces CO2 emissions and increases the amount of renewable energy installed in our area, helping Bruton get closer to a target of being Zero Carbon by 2030. According to the Energy Saving Trust a standard 4kWp, 12 panel system saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Benefits to our community: £50 will be given to a community fund for every domestic solar installation and a minimum of £100 for a commercial installation to be used towards green projects in our community.

Helpful videos

To find out more information about the Solar Streets scheme take a look at these videos:

We will be organising Zoom Q&A sessions with IDDEA and The Green Group so you can get your questions answered. 

If possible, please take a look at the information above and watch the videos before attending a Q&A session.

See Events for upcoming sessions.

To get the offer

If you want Solar Panels installed, simply contact IDDEA directly by emailing Info@IDDEA.co.uk.

They will first conduct a desktop survey of your property making sure it is suitable for solar panels and they will then arrange a free, no obligation physical survey on your property (all social distancing guidelines will be followed). If you want any added extras they will explain them all to you clearly and with transparant prices.

If you have any more questions, email Info@SolarStreets.co.uk.

Image credit: IDDEA

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We're not quite ready to hold one of our monthly indoor Sustainability Sunday events yet, so we thought how about an outdoor event that everyone can join in with from their own homes, and better yet: let's make it last all weekend long! So on the 12th and 13th September we're hoping that as many people as possible will join in with Bruton's first Freecycle Weekend! All you need to do is find a spot by your front gate or doorstep where you can discreetly display some of your pre-loved items that you no longer want or need, and which you are happy to gift to someone else. Preferably put a little notice up welcoming people to help themselves, put things out of dog wee zone, and make sure they don't cause an obstruction. Then have a walk around our beautiful town, and choose yourself some lovely items to re-home. By all means let others know what you have on offer on social media: the more people that join in the merrier, and hopefully we can stop many things going to waste. Please make sure you remove anything that's left at the end of the day: we don't want to litter the streets. And enjoy!
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Image credit: The Sustainable Fashion Forum 

If everyone in the world lived as we do in the UK, we would need three planets to support us.

One Planet Bruton is looking for ways for us to lead happy, healthy lives within a fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife, using Bioregional’s One Planet Living Framework.

This Earth Day, as we live through the Covid-19 pandemic, we can pause to reflect on what really matters: emotional connection with our friends and family, peace of mind, healthy food and the opportunity to be in nature. When we come through this crisis, do we still want to be selling a product or service that does nothing to improve people’s health and wellbeing and contributes to climate change and ecosystem collapse? Or do we want to help create a world where people can live in health and happiness within the natural limits of the planet? If we can flatten the curve of Covid-19, we can flatten the curve of our environmental impact.

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The list below has been superseded by the list of local information being kept uptodate on Bruton Town Council's website:
 
 
Copied from the Alternative Bruton Facebook Group on 22 March 2020, 9am
References to menus in comments below are only relevant to the Facebook post.
 

Post updated 22 March 2020, am.

Resources and shops and help for Coronavirus days (with thanks to Jenny Newton who did something similar in Evercreech)

This is a list of various resources / offers of help from around Bruton and surrounding villages for people who are stuck at home or self-isolating, or need help in these strange days. I've collated it from Facebook posts and other sources. I hope I've put the right information down, and enough contact information for people to find things. It's not exhaustive. If anyone I've posted about needs me to change anything, do let me know. Please add others via the comments and I'll edit the main post when I can.

Thanks so much to everyone who's been making these posts and offering to help people in Bruton. Let's support our local producers, suppliers and other businesses.

The latest government advice on coronavirus can be found at https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-res…. This includes guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people, stay at home guidance and travel advice.

NHS information about coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. Use use 111 online https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

It goes without saying that coronavirus is contagious and take every precaution to ensure we are only spreading kindness.

ESSENTIALS

Bruton Buddies The Town Council is relaunching the 'Bruton Buddies' volunteer scheme to help the most vulnerable in Bruton. See https://brutontowncouncil.gov.uk/…/council-calls-for-volun…/.

Bruton Pharmacy - open as usual (01749 812342) Deliveries to over 70s per this post:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/759549577500461?view=permalink&id=2631980930257307

Bruton Surgery - See their Facebook page for latest details (01749 812310 or http://www.brutonsurgery.nhs.uk/news,55770.htm)

Bruton Food Larder / food bank - organised by @janeshakti. Donation points for non-perishable dry goods at Bruton Wholefoods and Hunter French (9 High Street). Open Fridays 8.30am - 9.45am at Unionist Hall. Extra times coming soon. Contact @janeshakti if you can help

FOOD SHOPPING / RESTAURANTS

As far as I'm aware, shops and restaurants are taking extra precautions and following advice to reduce the risk of infection. Payment by card is preferred. On 20 March 2020, the Government introduced measures to close entertainment, hospitality and indoor leisure premises across the country to limit spread of coronavirus. Many of Bruton's restaurants offer takeaway and deliveries. See below.

Akbar's Kitchen at the Sun Inn - Closed. Takeaway and deliveries of food (01749 813777 / 07888 704515 / www.AkbarsKitchen.com)

At The Chapel - Restaurant and event room closed. Wine shop, bakery and takeaway open as usual. Preorder by phone. Deliveries coming soon. (01749 814070 /www.atthechapel.co.uk)

Bridge Stores - Open as usual. Deliveries being introduced (01749 812339)

Brixham fish (Fridays by Godminster) - (Jon - 07971 163247)

Bruton Castle - Closed (01749 812104)

Bruton Wholefoods - Open as usual (01749 814811)

Budgens - Open as usual (01749 812832)

Cat's cafe - Closed (07792 063947)

Gilcombe farm shop - Open as usual. Milk station available 24 hrs Orders can be collected from farmshop (01749 813825 / )

Godminster Cheese - Open as usual (01749 813733 / www.godminster.com)

Kimbers' Farm Shop - Restaurant closed. Shop open. Also doing deliveries, see below (01963 33177)

Matts Kitchen - Closed for meals. Open for takeaway. See below (01879 812027)

On The Brook - Open for takeaway. Also doing deliveries, see below. (01749 813 048 / www.onthebrook.co.uk)

Osip - Open for takeaway. See below (01749 813322 / www.osiprestaurant.com)

Premier Convenience Store - Open as usual. Great homemade frozen curries (01749 812308)

Rickshaw - Deliveries only (01749 812188)

Roth Bar and Grill - Restaurant closed. Takeaway and delivery. Pop-up shop opening on 25 March 2020 (01749 814700 / www.rothbarandgrill.co.uk)

Spar - Open as usual. Deliveries as below. (01749 812388)

Have I missed anyone?

FOOD DELIVERIES

Akbar's Kitchen at the Sun Inn - Takeaway and deliveries of food (01749 813777 / 07888 704515 / www.AkbarsKitchen.com)

Annie Austin - pausing deliveries for a week

Jane Hodson - Order by Tuesday for Thursday delivery. Menu changes weekly. PM Jane or email jane@janehodson.com

Kimber Farm Shop - Delivery service with a weekly variety of ready meals made in the kitchen. Delivery of groceries too. (01963 33177 / 07813 989839 / www.kimbersfarmshop.co.uk)

Matts Kitchen - Takeaway and delivery to self-isolating people. See website for menu. Meals are available for collection between 5 - 7pm, Wed to Sat. Also doing deliveries to those who genuinely need it. See website for menu (01879 812027 / www.mattskitchen.co.uk)
https://www.facebook.com/286055891418718/posts/3136337743057171/

On The Brook - Deliveries from Mon 23 March. See menu on website. Call to order and pay by 11am. Delivery or pick up between 5 - 6pm same day (01749 813 048 / www.onthebrook.co.uk/)
https://www.facebook.com/903831599633943/posts/3356095547740857/

Osip - Orders placed by 6pm will be available for collection the following day between 3pm and 6pm. Menu posted on Instagram. Delivery for minimum order of £50. (Call 07783 593849 to order)

Rickshaw - delivery only (01749 812188)

Roth Bar and Grill - Collection each week from Wednesday to Sunday, between 12 – 6pm,
for both lunch and dinner. Deliveries available between 2 – 3pm. Order via online form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx…

Somerset Local Food - www.localfooddirect.co.uk Locally sourced food deliveries. Order on Monday and delivery is on Thursday.

Spar - Deliveries to people who can't get to the shop. (01749 812388)

MoreWine - www.morewine.co.uk

Wild Beer Co / Westcombe - will deliver "ultimate care packages" of beer, gin, local cheese and meats for people stuck at home. www.wildbeerco.com

OTHER SERVICES

Bruton Country Centre - Open as usual. Delivering anything they sell: hardware, pet or garden items (01749 812743)

Bruton Motor Services - open as usual (01749 812992)

West End Garage - open as usual. Card only, no cash. (01749 813655)

OTHER HELP

HMRC - Coronavirus helpline (for self-employed and businesses) - 0300 456 3565

South Somerset District Council - www.southsomerset.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-informatio…/

Somerset County Council - www.somerset.gov.uk/…/covid-19-well-prepared-plans-in-place/

Spark Somerset - info for community groups and charities - www.sparksomerset.org.uk/covid-19

WARNINGS - beware people offering / suggesting these things

Door-to-door Covid-19 testing - there's no such thing, don't trust anyone who comes around suggestng there is.

Current phone scam saying money (£600) has been taken from a Mastercard account and needs to be sorted out.

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We're delighted that Bruton Town Council has adopted recommendations made by the Climate and Ecological Core Working Group. Its latest allotment renewal notice states:

"Please note that the Council prohibits the use of Glyphosate and similar herbicides / pesticides on its land including the raised beds; encourages  allotment holders to follow organic principles; bans use of peat-based compost; supports sharing of excess produce and supports events / workshops to promote food-growing".

The Pesticide Action Network has a Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign. By committing to  go pesticide-free, the Town Council can join the network which includes lots of other places.

There's information for Council's and land managers on alternatives to pesticides here.

There's a useful guide to gardening without pesticides focusing on specific pests here.

 

 

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Today, Jane Durney submitted a response on behalf of One Planet Bruon CIC about the Brewham Road North Planning Application 19/03103/OUT.

We previously submitted pre-application comments to Claremont Planning on 9 September 2019. At this stage, we object to the application. It does not adequately respond to the Climate and Ecological Emergency declared by both South Somerset District Council and Bruton Town Council.

See the linked file below for the full response:

One Planet Bruton CIC response

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One Planet Bruton is at Castle Cary Green Fair. Hear Jane Durney speak at 4pm. Her presentation will be attached here afterwards.

190914 Cary Green Fair - One Planet Bruton v1.0 JD.pdf

The top five things you can do that will have the biggest impact:

  • Stay on the ground (Avoid flying, and offsetyour emissions if you do)
  • Switch to a green energy supplier
  • Follow the plant-based trend
  • Use your voice (Contact your MP or businesses to raise issues)

Some useful links mentioned in the presentation:

One Planet Living

Calculate your ecological footprint

Tips for action

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Sent to development@claremontplanning.com on 9 September 2019

Dear Sir or Madam
 
Bruton Town Council declared a climate emergency on 26 March 2019, as has South Somerset District Council and Somerset County Council. The Town Council pledged to do everything within the Town Council's power to make Bruton carbon neutral by 2030 and to work with Bruton's residents, businesses and other organisations to meet the 2030 target.
 
One Planet Bruton (www.oneplanetbruton.org) is a local community response to Bruton Town Council's declaration of a climate emergency. We are working with Bioregional's One Planet Living framework which consists of ten principles and has been used by organisations large and small, developers, London 2012, cities and local authorities in the UK and around the world. Environmental charity, Bioregional (https://www.bioregional.com/) came up with the concept of One Planet Living (https://www.bioregional.com/one-planet-living i.e. leading happy lives within a fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for nature and wildlife) in response to the fact that if everyone in the world lived as we do in the UK, we’d need 3 planets to support us.
 
The ten principles are:
  • Health and happiness - Encouraging active, social, meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing
  • Equity and local economy - Creating safe, equitable places to live and work which support local prosperity and international fair trade
  • Culture and community - Nurturing local identity and heritage, empowering communities and promoting a culture of sustainable living
  • Land and nature - Protecting and restoring land for the benefit of people and wildlife
  • Sustainable water - Using water efficiently, protecting local water resources and reducing flooding and drought
  • Local and sustainable food - Promoting sustainable humane farming and healthy diets high in local, seasonal organic food and vegetable protein
  • Travel and transport - Reducing the need to travel, encouraging walking, cycling and low carbon transport
  • Materials and products - Using materials from sustainable sources and promoting products which help people reduce consumption
  • Zero waste - Reducing consumption, reusing and recycling to achieve zero waste and zero pollution
  • Zero carbon energy - Making buildings and manufacturing energy efficient and supplying all energy with renewables
The One Planet Living Framework has been used by development projects all over the world and by companies large and small. One notable development that has used it is Elmsbrook, the first phase of the Bicester Eco Town. See the Bicester Eco Town: NW Bicester, for examples of exemplary development and the targets that were set. This is the only one of the Eco Towns to be built to the original standards.  https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/downloads/download/281/north-west-bicester-spd-february-2016 
 
We have set up One Planet Bruton CIC. It is a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee. Its objects are to carry on activities which benefit the community and, in particular, to work with Bruton's residents, businesses and other organisations to enable current and future residents to live happy, healthy lives within the limits of the planet, using Bioregional's One Planet Living framework. Our specific objects are to support, develop, initiate and manage community projects and interactions in line with the ten One Planet Living principles.
 
We would like to see all new development in Bruton adopt and deliver against the goals and principles of the One Planet Living framework. 
 
Housing that is built now will still be standing when the target comes into force, so to avoid expensive and wasteful retrofitting between now and then, any new homes should be designed to be zero carbon. Examples of projects that have used the One Planet Living Framework can be found at www.bioregional.com and www.oneplanet.com
 
All new development should be exemplary in terms of construction materials (reducing embodied carbon) and waste, energy efficiency and water consumption, future-proofed and designed to cope with increased summer temperatures without overheating, and reduce risk of surface water flooding through incorporation of SUDS and water attenuation ponds. 
 
Alternative methods of construction, particularly those that sequester carbon, should be considered, to minimise the lifecycle carbon emissions of any development. 
 
The development should be future-proofed for a changing climate, e.g. avoiding overheating through orientation of buildings, location of windows, and shade through tree planting; SUDS and increased size of guttering for increased rainfall; fittings attaching roofs and facades should be able to withstand higher winds. (https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/uk-housing-fit-for-the-future/)
 
The development should be designed to foster a sense of community and have good connections to the rest of Bruton. 
 
In terms of biodiversity and wildlife, any priority habitats should be protected, restored and enhanced, and connected to nearby habitats through wildlife corridors. The development should achieve a minimum 25% net biodiversity gain using the Defra biodiversity metric (or other locally approved metric) and incorporate biodiversity features (see: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/sites/default/files/2018-05/homes_for_people_and_wildlife_lr_-_spreads.pdf).
 
Opportunities for food-growing and edible landscaping should be included in all new developments.
 
In terms of transport and travel, the development should have high-speed broadband to enable people to work from home. It should be easy and attractive for people to walk and cycle. Low and zero carbon vehicles should be promoted and electric vehicle charging infrastructure included as standard.
 
Please include us in any future consultations for this site and please confirm receipt of this response.

 

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SSDC Local Plan Review (2016-2036)

What can you do?
 
Look at the comments and discussion notes below and, based on what's important to you:
What is the Local Plan Review?
 
South Somerset District Council (SSDC) is reviewing the Local Plan (2006-2028) that was adopted for the area in 2015. It is consulting on its Local Plan Review (2016-2036) Options document (LPR). (http://consult.southsomerset.gov.uk/consult.ti/PreferredOptionsConsultation/consultationHome)
 
A Local Plan supports the Council’s long-term vision for managing and accommodating residential and economic growth across South Somerset. The LPR sets out for consultation SSDC's proposed strategy for delivering new homes and employment over the period 2016 to 2036, including site allocations and policies against which planning applications will be assessed. Bruton is designated in the LPR as a rural centre with challenges regarding loss of employment land and providing a range of opportunities to live and work locally. One challenge with Local Plans is that the focus is on new housing and new economic growth rather than setting out a vision for the area as a whole and identifying positive changes that could be made within an area.
 
There is a lot of information in the LPR Options document so what follows is a summary.
 
For Bruton, the LPR includes the following:
  • 152 new homes (net) required
    • of which 87 are completed or committed (as at 31 March 2018)
    • 65 to be delivered
  • Sites identified (see p41 Figure 5.5 of South Somerset Local Plan Review accessed via http://consult.southsomerset.gov.uk/consult.ti/PreferredOptionsConsultation/consultationHome)
    • Land north of Brewham Road
      • 60 homes, including 29% 'affordable housing' (Within any affordable housing provision, 80% should be Social Rent or Affordable Rent and 20% should be starter homes, discounted market sales and other routes to affordable home ownership)
      • Play space and public open spaces
      • Access from Brue Avenue
    • Land west of Frome Road
      • 5 homes
  • 1 hectare of employment land is required
[Note that the South of Brewham Road proposed development is additional to this]
 
The Infrastructure Delivery Plan:
  • States no need for any 'critical' infrastructure as a result of proposed new development.
  • Identifies 'necessary' infrastructure such as open space and sports facilities.
  • Notes capacity issues in medical facilities around Bruton, a priority area to review but, no solution identified yet.
  • States that risk of flooding locally means that the Environment Agency will prepare a surface water management scheme.
  • States that flood defences at Bruton may need to be raised in the future to provide an increased standard of protection, funded through development.
 
The LPR includes a range of policies covering housing (mix, type, affordable), employment, tourism, retail, transport and accessibility, health and wellbeing, environmental quality (climate change, renewable & low carbon energy, sustainable construction, flood risk, biodiversity, design, historic environment, landscape, woodlands & forest, pollution control).
 
What would we like to see?
 
In most of these areas, the LPR could go further, for example:
  • Climate Change / Carbon emissions:
    • The LPR commits the Climate Change Acts 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This doesn't go far enough given that SSDC and Bruton Town Council, along with many others, have declared a climate and ecological emergency and committed to a 2030 carbon neutral target. The Local Plan needs to reflect the changes that will be required within our district in order to achieve this target.
    • The goal should be that all buildings and processes are energy-efficient compared to a stated local or national benchmark and energy demands should be met by renewables by 2030.
    • Somerset Climate Action Network has produced a report 'The Somerset 2030 Carbon Neutral Target - Local Authority Actions' which identifies actions that are needed to reach the carbon neutral target. Those that are relevant for planning should be reflected in the Local Plan.
  • New development:
    • The built environment is responsible for around 40% of carbon emissions.
    • The goals for the Built environment should include:
      • Requiring all new development to be exemplary in terms of construction materials and waste, water consumption, zero carbon, future-proofed and designed to cope with increased summer temperatures without overheating.
      • Upgrading the existing housing stock.
      • New developments designed to foster a sense of community and have good connections to existing communities
    • Require a target of zero carbon and BREEAM Outstanding or equivalent Home Quality Mark. (https://www.breeam.com/ and https://www.homequalitymark.com/)
    • Support use of alternative methods of construction, especially those that 'lock up' or sequester carbon, e.g. straw bale, hempcrete, to minimise the lifecycle carbon emissions of any new development.
    • Support Community Land Trust approaches (https://wessexca.co.uk/) and self- or custom-build
    • Require futureproofing for a changing climate, e.g. avoid overheating through orientation of buildings, location of windows and shade through tree planting; SUDS and increased size of guttering for increased rainfall; fittings attaching roofs and facades able to withstand higher winds.
    • Opportunities for food-growing and edible landscaping should be included in all new developments.
    • See the Bicester Eco Town: NW Bicester, for examples of exemplary development and the targets that were set. This is the only one of the Eco Towns to be built to the original standards.  https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/downloads/download/281/north-west-bicester-spd-february-2016
    • SSDC should use the Local Plan and the planning process to push the boundaries as far as you are legally allowed. Local authorities can require standards higher than building regulations (https://www.ukgbc.org/news/government-confirms-local-authorities-can-set-energy-standards-beyond-part-l-in-nppf/)
  • Transport
    • The LPR has some good measures required of major developments but these should be provided across the district, not just pockets of good practice where there has been new development.
    • The goals for travel and transport should be:
      • Reduce car dependence and the need for daily travel
      • Make it easy and attractive for people to walk and cycle
      • Promote car-sharing (https://liftshare.com/uk/community/carshare-somerset) and public tranpsort
      • Promote low / zero carbon vehicles including electric cars, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure
      • Raise awareness of the impacts of, and promote alternatives to, air travel (www.seat61.com)
  • Biodiversity:
  • Woodland and forest: 
    • The LPR states that SSDC has 5% coverage vs Somerset's 9% overall coverage. The Woodland Trust sets out a recommended target for towns and cities to achieve 20% tree canopy cover in an agreed, achievable timescale. (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/03/tree-canopy-cover-results/)
    • Need to identify where trees can be planted in the district without impacting on valuable grassland habitats; perhaps field and park edges.
 
One Planet Bruton (www.oneplanetbruton.org) is a local community response to Bruton Town Council's declaration of a climate emergency. We are working with Bioregional's One Planet Living framework which consists of ten principles and has been used by organisations large and small, developers, London 2012, cities and local authorities in the UK and around the world. Bioregional (https://www.bioregional.com/) came up with the concept of One Planet Living (https://www.bioregional.com/one-planet-living i.e. leading happy lives within a fair share of the earth’s resources) in response to the fact that if everyone in the world lived as we do in the UK, we’d need 3 planets to support us!
 
The ten principles are:
  • Health and happiness - Encouraging active, social, meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing
  • Equity and local economy - Creating safe, equitable places to live and work which support local prosperity and international fair trade
  • Culture and community - Nurturing local identity and heritage, empowering communities and promoting a culture of sustainable living
  • Land and nature - Protecting and restoring land for the benefit of people and wildlife
  • Sustainable water - Using water efficiently, protecting local water resources and reducing flooding and drought
  • Local and sustainable food - Promoting sustainable humane farming and healthy diets high in local, seasonal organic food and vegetable protein
  • Travel and transport - Reducing the need to travel, encouraging walking, cycling and low carbon transport
  • Materials and products - Using materials from sustainable sources and promoting products which help people reduce consumption
  • Zero waste - Reducing consumption, reusing and recycling to achieve zero waste and zero pollution
  • Zero carbon energy - Making buildings and manufacturing energy efficient and supplying all energy with renewables
 
We have set up One Planet Bruton CIC. It is a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee. Its objects are to carry on activities which benefit the community and, in particular, to work with Bruton's residents, businesses and other organisations to enable current and future residents to live happy, healthy lives within the limits of the planet, using Bioregional's One Planet Living framework. Our specific objects are to support, develop, initiate and manage community projects and interactions in line with the ten One Planet Living principles. 
 
South Somerset District Council could follow other local authorities lead, such as Brighton & Hove District Council and the London Borough of Sutton, in adopting One Planet Living and using the framework to structure its approach to the environment and sustainability and resilience. Oxfordshire Council is also using it as part of a global initiative linking with other cities (see www.bioregional.com and www.oneplanet.com for more examples).
 
 
Discussion notes from One Planet Bruton meeting on 29 July 2019
  • Housing
    • Is the weight of regulation strong enough? e.g. materials, zero carbon
    • Alternative methods of building: hemp, straw, cork
    • Need truly 'affordable' housing
    • Self-build
    • Buy land & do something innovative
    • Biodiversity in buildings
    • Greywater recycling
    • Rainwater harvesting
    • Solar hot water
    • Transport connections
    • Link to One Planet Living principles
    • Opportunities for food growing in housing
    • Community spaces
  • Transport
    • Still need to have cars in Bruton
    • Switch to electric cars
    • Install electric vehicle charging points
    • Intelligent carsharing - need to make it socially acceptable
    • Need to reverse priority:
      • pedestrians first
      • then cycling
      • finally cars
    • Opportunity for biodiesel business
    • Existing traffic situation needs to be taken into account when planning new development
    • Better coordination of roadworks
    • Bus - need smaller buses & more intelligent routing / access to users (along the lines of uber, i.e. when & where needed)
  • Biodiversity
    • Need an impactful and visible project
    • Rewilding by bigger landowners & smaller landowners
    • Ash dieback - need a tree planting plan, tree nursery
    • Identify space for tree planting
    • Pesticides / glyphosate should be restricted / banned
  • Health & wellbeing
    • Make more use of existing facilities, e.g. Unionist Club Hall & garden, Bruton Community Hall
    • Food growing - need land allocated for this / community garden
    • Other initiatives, e.g. spiral of light, how long can you go buying stuff only in Bruton?
    • Borrow not buy
    • Gardening club as part of food growing
    • Copy Sturminster Newton's volunteer corps - Stur Stars - with our own Brue Stars?
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Bruton Town Council forwarded a request from South Somerset District Council for issues and opportunities for SSDC's new Environment Strategy.

We sent the following response on 9 July 2019:

 
Ewan Jones, Mayor of Bruton forwarded me your request for issues and opportunities for South Somerset District Council's (SSDC) new Environment Strategy.
 
Bruton Town Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency on 26 March 2019 and committed to a target for the town to be carbon neutral by 2030. They committed to work with the town's residents, businesses and other organisations to achieve the target and to set up a working group.
 
One Planet Bruton (www.oneplanetbruton.org) is a local community response to the declaration of a climate emergency. We are working with Bioregional's One Planet Living framework which consists of ten principles and has been used by organisations large and small, developers, London 2012, cities and local authorities in the UK and around the world. Bioregional (https://www.bioregional.com/) came up with the concept of One Planet Living (https://www.bioregional.com/one-planet-living i.e. leading happy lives within a fair share of the earth’s resources) in response to the fact that if everyone in the world lived as we do in the UK, we’d need 3 planets to support us!
 
The ten principles are:
  • Health and happiness - Encouraging active, social, meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing
  • Equity and local economy - Creating safe, equitable places to live and work which support local prosperity and international fair trade
  • Culture and community - Nurturing local identity and heritage, empowering communities and promoting a culture of sustainable living
  • Land and nature - Protecting and restoring land for the benefit of people and wildlife
  • Sustainable water - Using water efficiently, protecting local water resources and reducing flooding and drought
  • Local and sustainable food - Promoting sustainable humane farming and healthy diets high in local, seasonal organic food and vegetable protein
  • Travel and transport - Reducing the need to travel, encouraging walking, cycling and low carbon transport
  • Materials and products - Using materials from sustainable sources and promoting products which help people reduce consumption
  • Zero waste - Reducing consumption, reusing and recycling to achieve zero waste and zero pollution
  • Zero carbon energy - Making buildings and manufacturing energy efficient and supplying all energy with renewables
 
We have set up One Planet Bruton CIC. It is a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee. Its objects are to carry on activities which benefit the community and, in particular, to work with Bruton's residents, businesses and other organisations to enable current and future residents to live happy, healthy lives within the limits of the planet, using Bioregional's One Planet Living framework. Our specific objects are to support, develop, initiate and manage community projects and interactions in line with the ten One Planet Living principles. We are still working through the governance of working with the Town Council and the Town Council Working Group has met once so far [as at 9 July 2019]. One Planet Bruton has monthly public meetings.
 
I would suggest that South Somerset District Council follow other local authorities lead, such as Brighton & Hove District Council and the London Borough of Sutton, in adopting One Planet Living and using the framework to structure its approach to the environment and sustainability and resilience. Oxfordshire Council is also using it as part of a global initiative linking with other cities (see www.bioregional.com and www.oneplanet.com for more examples).
 
Turning to your specific questions and themes, we have some specific points...
 
Waste, recycling and resource management
  • This should be about reducing consumption, reusing and recycling to achieve zero waste and zero pollution, and using materials from sustainable sources and promoting products which help people reduce consumption.
  • The goals for waste, recycling and resource management should be:
    • Reduce wasteful consumption
    • Maximise upcycling, reuse and recycling
    • Zero waste to landfill by 2030
    • Aim for zero pollutants to enter air, water or soil
    • Promote the waste hierarchy:
    • Reduce consumption (Refuse)
    • Prevent waste
    • Reuse materials and products
    • Recycle and compost
    • Recover energy from waste
    • Dispose to landfill (aim to get this to zero)
    • ... and encourage closed loop consumption promoting products with recycled content and products chosen for positive social and environmental benefit or for reducing negative impact. Support a circular economy prioritising upcycling, reuse and recycling (cradle to cradle)
  • Business waste is neglected and operates inefficiently with businesses having to make their own arrangements with the result that there are multiple vehicle movements within a small town like Bruton which could be simplified via a coordinated collection round for business waste and recycling of key materials. Bruton has many small streets and there are examples of businesses in Bruton being told that their recycling will no longer be collected, we think, because the waste provider doesn't have small enough vehicles to reach where they need to collect from whereas Somerset Waste Partnership operates with smaller vehicles which can.
  • Terracyle will recycle a wide range of products not collected in kerbside recycling: from crisp packets, pet and babyfood pouches to toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. This is done in an ad hoc way with collections points where individuals are willing to have one. Far more could be recycled if SSDC were to support central collection points in each parish or town, perhaps within town council offices, libraries or schools. This would need to be within a building that is regularly staffed to avoid waste being mixed incorrectly and 'fly-tipping'. A similar scheme could be set up for plastic plant pots.
  • A quarterly collection on a specific date of larger waste, e.g. furniture, linked to a charity that can sell it on could mean that more of this sort of waste is re-used rather than dumped. I lived in Japan in the early 1990s and this was done there. Each neighbourhood had a collection point and waste was put out the night before. Anyone could take what was there before it was collected and many people furnished their homes this way.
  • Support easy and accessible sharing of resources to reduce consumption of materials.
 
Natural environment
  • This should be about protecting and restoring land for the benefit of people and wildlife.
  • The goals for the Natural environment should include:
    • Making a positive contribution to local biodiversity and wildlife corridors, in particular, requiring all development to achieve a minimum 25% net gain for biodiversity using the Defra or other locally approved metric.
    • Enhancing 'ecosystem services' such as clean water and air.
    • Maximising carbon sequestration in soils and biomass.
    • Maximising synergies between agriculture, forestry, biodiversity and carbon storage.
    • Engaging people in recognising the value of nature, including its value to human mental and physical health.
  • Actions should include
    • Protection and enhancement of existing habitats and sites important for nature.
    • Using uptodate data from Somerset Environmental Records Centre and supporting ongoing collection of data.
    • Creating a Nature Recovery Network for South Somerset with maps which identify how places for nature area connected at a strategic level and locally. This would identify where habitats can be connected and targets for habitat creation and green infrastructure.
    • Creating a Natural Capital inventory for South Somerset.
    • Ensuring that the land-take for the creation of new wildlife habitat is at least as much as the land-take for new development.
    • Requiring nature to be built into all developments, all new developments to include exemplary features for biodiversity and achieve 25% net gain in biodiversity. ( https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/sites/default/files/2018-05/homes_for_people_and_wildlife_lr_-_spreads.pdf)
    • Identifying areas for reforestation and community tree planting. Protection of existing trees.
    • Identifying areas for natural flood management.
 
Built environment
  • The built environment is responsible for around 40% of carbon emissions.
  • The goals for the Built environment should include:
    • Requiring all new development to be exemplary in terms of construction materials and waste, water consumption, zero carbon, future-proofed and designed to cope with increased summer temperatures without overheating.
    • Upgrading the existing housing stock.
    • New developments designed to foster a sense of community and have good connections to existing communities
  • See the Bicester Eco Town: NW Bicester, for examples of exemplary development and the targets that were set. This is the only one of the Eco Towns to be built to the original standards.  https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/downloads/download/281/north-west-bicester-spd-february-2016
  • SSDC should use the Local Plan and the planning process to push the boundaries as far as you are legally allowed. Local authorities can require standards higher than building regulations (https://www.ukgbc.org/news/government-confirms-local-authorities-can-set-energy-standards-beyond-part-l-in-nppf/)
 
Energy (efficiency and renewable)
  • The goal should be that all buildings and processes are energy-efficient compared to a stated local or national benchmark and energy demands should be met by renewables by 2030.
  • There should be a district-wide programme to retrofit homes and buildings so that they use less energy, reducing fuel costs and adverse impacts on health from poorly heated or ventilated buildings.
  • Energy demand (power / heat: electricity / gas) should be determined by parish / town, to provide data to support carbon footprint calculations.
  • The extent of installed renewable energy (PV, solar thermal, ground and air source heat pumps, wind, etc...) should be mapped by parish.
  • Areas should be identified where local and community renewable energy could be installed. This includes flat roofs (above a certain area, say), and opportunities for micro-hydro.
  • There could be an energy roadshow around the district providing information to residents and business owners about how to save energy through LED lighting, energy efficient appliances, insulating buildings and dealing with draughts, as well options for installing renewable energy and switching to renewable energy tariffs.
 
Travel and transport
  • This should be about reducing the need to travel, encouraging walking, cycling and low carbon transport.
  • The goals for travel and transport should be:
    • Reduce car dependence and the need for daily travel
    • Make it easy and attractive for people to walk and cycle
    • Promote car-sharing (https://liftshare.com/uk/community/carshare-somerset) and public tranpsort
    • Promote low / zero carbon vehicles including electric cars, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure
    • Raise awareness of the impacts of, and promote alternatives to, air travel (www.seat61.com)
  • It's important to understand the journeys that people need and want to make and see whether there are opportunities to reduce these, for example, people in Bruton often drive to Castle Cary station to print out advance train tickets which are cheaper than buying tickets on the train, because Bruton station doesn't have a ticket machine. A ticket machine at Bruton station that could print out pre-paid tickets would eliminate these journeys.
  • A bus loop serving Cuckoo Hill, Hauser and Wirth, the Newt and Bruton High Street could also eliminate some short car journeys.
  • A daily or several times weekly bus service to a local supermarket would help some residents who are unable to easily get to the High Street.
  • Map where electric vehicle charging points are required and facilitate installations, including putting in EV points into all SSDC carparks.
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Woo hoo!

One Planet Bruton is now registered as a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee. Its objects are to carry on activities which benefit the community and, in particular, to work with Bruton's residents, businesses and other organisations to enable current and future residents to live happy, healthy lives within the limits of the planet, using Bioregional's One Planet Living framework. Our specific objects are to support, develop, initiate and manage community projects and interactions in line with the ten One Planet Living principles.

Details:

One Planet Bruton CIC, a company limited by guarantee.

Registered company no: 12070076 (in England and Wales)

Registration date: 26 June 2019

Registered address: Bruton Community Office, 26 High Street, Bruton, BA10 0AA

The founding directors are Sarah Davies and Jane Durney

From the Articles of Association:

The objects of the Company are to carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to work with Bruton’s residents, businesses and other organisations to enable current and future citizens to live happy, healthy lives within the limits of the planet, using the One Planet Living framework.

Specific objects are to support, develop, initiate and manage community projects and interactions that will:

  • Encourage active, social, meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing (Health & Happiness)
  • Create safe, equitable places to live and work which support local prosperity and international fair trade (Equity & Local Economy)
  • Nurture local identity and heritage, empowering communities and promoting a culture of sustainable living (Culture & Community)
  • Protect and restore land for the benefit of people and wildlife (Land & Nature) 
  • Use water efficiently, protecting local water resources and reducing flooding and drought (Sustainable Water)
  • Promote sustainable, humane farming and healthy diets which are high in local, seasonal, organic food and vegetable protein. (Local & Sustainable
    Food)
  • Reduce the need to travel, encouraging walking, cycling and low-carbon transport (Travel & Transport) 
  • Use materials from sustainable sources and promoting products which help people reduce consumption (Materials & Products) 
  • Reduce consumption, re-using and recycling with the am of achieving zero waste and zero pollution (Zero Waste) 
  • Make buildings and manufacturing energy efficient and aim to supply all energy with renewables (Zero Carbon Energy)

And to promote sustainable development for the benefit of the public by:
a) the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of resources;
b) the relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities;
c) the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration.

To advance the education of the public in subjects relating to sustainable development and the protection, enhancement and rehabilitation of the environment and to promote
study and research in such subjects provided that the useful results of such study are disseminated to the public at large.
Sustainable development means “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The sustainable development objective is taken from the Charity Commission example model objectives.

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Globally we are living as if we had several planets to meet our needs. One Planet Living is Bioregional's vision for happier, healthier lives within the limits of our one planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.

Bioregional's guide shares actions that we can all take to make a difference. There are tips for each of the One Planet Principles.

The top four things we can do are:

  • Stay on the ground: One long-haul flight can amount to half a UK person’s yearly carbon footprint - so opt for more local holidays and travel by train where you can.
  • Follow the plant-based trend: Cutting down on meat and dairy will slash your environmental impact – from carbon emissions to water consumption and deforestation.
  • Use your voice: Write to your local MP (David Warburton MP) and ask what they’re doing about climate change, or tweet businesses that aren’t meeting your expectations.
  • Consume less and better: Research shows that buying more stuff doesn’t make us happy. The planet will thank you for buying less, and investing in better quality products.

 

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Pre-loved pop-up shop

So we made it through and YOU MADE IT work!
Thank you so much to the many (over 90) local people who brought in their wonderful pre-loved clothes for us to sell!
In the 7 days and 1 evening we were open we sold over 200 garments!
Those were perfectly good garments that had been sitting in people’s homes, not getting worn as often as they deserved. And now they’re back on the backs of equally lovely people, proving that sustainable fashion is not only possible but also FUN!
Many bargains were had, some local pockets and purses have been replenished (if you were a seller and weren’t paid in cash, your BACS payment was processed yesterday) and One Planet Bruton now has some funds to spend on making Bruton more sustainable.
We’ll also be able to send some remaining donated clothes on to Refugee Action in Somerset East.
Thank you so much to everyone who came and joined in, and especially to our wonderful team of volunteers & @flagsandmoss who gave so generously and made this event such a success.
We're attaching a list of continuing local resources to help you in your quests for #sustainablefashion

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Bruton Town Council has resolved to adopt the Climate EmergencyWorking (Advisory) Group Terms of Reference (ToR) on the 30th April 2019

Download pdf: Bruton TC Climate Emergency WG ToR.pdf

Climate Emergency Working Group
(Advisory Group)

Number of Members:

  • A Core Group of 6-12 appointed Advisors, including 1-3 Councillors
  • Full Working Group open to all people who live, work, or attend school in the Parish of Bruton, or its adjoining Parishes

Frequency of Meetings: At least every two months; frequency and timing to be determined by the Working Group.

Open to the Press and Public: Yes (unless a Resolution is made to exclude the press and public for a specific item / specific reason)

Quorum: 5

Overall Purpose / Scope: 

  • To advise the Town Council on implementing the ‘Climate Emergency’ declared on 26 March 2019;
  • To assist the Town Council with practical work to deliver the nine ‘Climate Emergency’ resolutions (pasted at the bottom of these Terms of Reference), with particular reference to resolutions 3, 4, 5 and 8;
  • Scope as defined by resolution 3: “To do everything within the Town Council’s power to make Bruton carbon neutral by 2030”.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. To engage the whole community in addressing Bruton’s ‘Climate Emergency’ – including, but not restricted to, our residents, school children, businesses, employers, faith groups, community organisations, and visitors.
  2. To source data and other information in support of these objectives – in particular seeking Bruton and South Somerset specific data, where possible.
  3. To make recommendations to Full Town Council on how its policies and activities might be modified to reduce emissions – including, but not restricted to, Town & Neighbourhood Plans, Planning, Transport, Land & Property, Services & Amenities, Communications, Grants.
  4. To make recommendations to Full Town Council on how the Town and Parish of Bruton could contribute to the 2030 target – developing initiatives and project as appropriate.
  5. To develop a rolling plan to “to make Bruton carbon neutral by 2030” – first draft and proposals for adoption to be presented to Full Council by September 2019, and thereafter to be reviewed annually.
  6. To make recommendations to Full Town Council on any calls that should be made of South Somerset District Council, Somerset County Council, Westminster, and any other external bodies for the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.

Resolution passed unanimously by Full Council on 26 March 2019

  1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
  2. Write to Bruton’s schools thanking our schoolchildren for demonstrating their ecological concerns, and pledging support for addressing this as a Council;
  3. Pledge to do everything within the Town Council’s power to make Bruton carbon neutral by 2030;
  4. Set up a Working Group to review all Town Council policies and activities to assess how they might be modified to reduce emissions. This Working Group to report back to Full Council within 6 months with a Proposal for adoption by the TC. Said Proposals to be reviewed annually.
  5. In the absence of Bruton specific emissions data, to work to make our contribution to South Somerset achieving our regional target by 2030.
  6. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
  7. Sign up to the Covenant of Mayors;
  8. Work with Bruton’s residents, businesses and other organisations to meet the 2030 target.
  9. Call on All Local Principal Authority Councils to take similar actions.

 

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There are several ways to measaure your environmental footprint.

Ecological footprinting measures the impact of a person or community on the planet, in terms of the amount of land required to sustain their use of natural resources. See www.footprintnetwork.org.

Carbon footprinting measures the total amount of greenhouse gases (Carbon dioxide, methane, etc...) produced, directly and indirectly, by human activities. It is usually expressed in equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2e)

WWF's footprint calculator presents your footprint as a % of the UK's 2020 carbon target. 

or you can calculate your ecological footprint using http://www.footprintcalculator.org/.

Have a go!

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