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Michael Birnie, Property Director at The Ernest Cook Trust, said:"The nation faces a challenge to build the homes we need whilst tackling the climate and ecological emergencies we face. As a responsible landowner The Ernest Cook Trust has an important role to play in tackling these issues by demonstrating how new homes can be designed and built in a way that contributes to protecting the planet.
If he is so concerned about the planet why build on agricultural land rather than brownfield sites? And if not for future food production, with the introduction of E10 fuels more land will be require for fuel production. Can you grow such crops on brownfield sites?
He also said "The project is committed to working with communities as these plans progress and we look forward to hearing what people think. By benefiting from the local community's input, we're shaping a place everyone can be proud of."
If he is so committed to working with communities why ignore what local communities have told them they think of this plan?
What became of Spring Wisloe Masterplan 2cWell another week has past GCC still hasn't got replied to say why they hadn't replied by the date (11th Aug) they first said (the statutory timescale of 20 working days, starting on the working day following receipt of your request).
ECT said; Just a quick note to let you know I am still waiting on a couple of bits and pieces. I'll let you know as soon as we're ready to publish everything.
Another week passes and they still have no idea what they are doing or when!
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Changes at the Petrol PumpsYou may not have noticed but more and more petrol pumps have E10 labels instead of the E5 ones. Is this a problem possibly not, first it could be they are ahead of the game with their labeling and the fuel is still E5, it's not supposed to be out until September. Secondly if you have a newer car it should be OK. So who will it effect, possibly many, E10 petrol is a solvent and can eat fuel pipes, O rings, gaskets, seals and even some plastics and metals. So if you have a petrol lawn mower, chain saw or whatever, what can you do. Don't leave any fuel in it when you put it away E10 will absorb water at a higher rate than E5. Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel produced from the fermentation of a range of plants, including sugarcane and grains, along with their by-products.
Unlike regular unleaded petrol, ethanol fuel is said to be partially atmospherically carbon-neutral. This is because as the plants that will become biofuel grow, they reportedly absorb more carbon dioxide than what will be released into the air during fuel production and combustion. Ethanol causes corrosion to fuel components and attracts water. It can block your capillaries in your carburettor causing all sorts of engine issues. It's corrosive properties can erode your engine away.
Super unleaded will still be available where you can find it, and this only contains up to 5% ethanol.
The AA says only 2% of cars can't use E10 mostly pre 2002 model but some Pre 2007. It's supposed to be greener but E10 doesn't have the same energy as E5 so you'll have to burn more fuel to get the same distance also instead of growing food crops, land will have to be set aside to grow crops to create the ethanol to add to the fuel.
Click here to check your car - https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-e10-petrol although it was a bit ambiguous for my car.
Companies like Briggs and Stratton produce an additive/stabiliser that keep fuel fresh longer and stops the corrosive effects of ethanol. You can add a 10ml to every 1lt of fuel.
Responses on Stroud District plan is now ClosedHopefully everyone got their responses in, in time. Now that's over there are no reasons for ECT/GCC to keep their Spring Masterplan a secret anymore so I guess it will be published very soon. It's now a month since they said "The masterplan will be published shortly. This is later than we had hoped but it's taken longer than expected to prepare the masterplan" (See Below). If you check their website you will find they say they have done this and are in consultation on it and have been since Spring, would it be easy to remove the tick that says they done this Yes, will they No. Watch this space.
Gloucestershire County Council's Spend so far on Wisloe GreenWell I guess we pay for that in our Council Tax. As of March 11th they say "Although we haven't reconciled this years figures yet, we thought it helpful and in the interests of transparency, to provide an estimated figure rather than decline to answer this part of the FOI. Initial review suggests that expenditure to the end of the financial year 20/21 is likely to be approximately £73,500. For the avoidance of doubt this includes the declared figure of £47,632.15 from 23/10/2019"
How much did they spend on the Leaflets we got in February, £2,680
Obviously this is only half the total spend as the Ernest Cook Trust has to pay in their 50% and who knows what else they've spent?
I have asked when GCC and ECT will put the map right but neither have got back to me on that!
Road ClosuresYou can't have missed the Road closures and delays for Gigaclear with little or no notice, we found out when we came home and found first the road closed and then when they let us through, a trench in front of our drive. On Facebook someone gave a warning "From 4th November 2020 to 17th June 2021 the following roads will be subject to rolling temporary road closures and restrictions for the Fastershire broadband installation." Not a lot of use when they were here Oct 7th?
If you want to contact them about it. click here. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Slimbridge, Cambridge and Gossington Village Forum on FacebookIf you are a Facebook user there is a Slimbridge, Cambridge and Gossington Village Forum it's worth joining.
Wisloe@social.co.uk AlertIf you receive an email from Wisloe@social.co.uk it's actually from the Ernest Cook Trust proving they cannot be trusted! Why do they call theirselves this I guess they think they are very clever and we will believe the Wisloe Communities is behind anything they tell us! The Wisloe Community is nothing to do with Wisloe@social.co.uk have asked them to stop using the name, they won't.
Ever lose your Electricity?So have we so we phoned our Electricity Supplier (on an old phone as there was no power) but when we got through it said press 1,2,3, or # key, great but it wouldn't accept any we pressed. Found another, non powered, phone and same results. Went on the internet on my mobile and found the number for Western Power Distribution, who said Coaley and Slimbridge were down but would be back within an hour. Thank goodness for channel 4+1, I still managed to see the Grand Prix. Here is a number to write down and put with an old cabled, but not powered, phone Western Power Distribution - 0800 6783 105 for Emergencies(Power Cuts) and 0800 096 3080 for General enquiries. Don't forget if you need Electricity for health reasons, register with the "Priority Services Register"
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Neighbourhood watch - Valleys and Vales Neighbourhood Watch Association.
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Post Boxes and Telephone Boxes - post boxes locations and collection times
Police - Severnside Community. Tel 101 for Non-Emergencies
Recycle for Gloucestershire - Stroud District - recycling made easy!
Fresh fish - Jeffs fresh fish delivered to your door
Tel - 07970 177943
Fish and Chips - Mobile Van opposite the Garage Tuesdays 5pm - 7pm
Milk and more - Howells who delivers to this area Mondays to Fridays
Tel - 0845 606 3606
Mobile Library - fortnightly on Tuesdays ...Slimbridge Post Office 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Tyning Crescent 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Gloucestershire Libraries - Reserve, renew books use the library on line
Rubbish Collections - Every Other Tuesday 06:00 onward
Recycling - Every Tuesday in-between
Nearest Bottle, card, Plastic Recycle Bank - Tesco car park in Cam
School - Primary School site - Mrs Alison Cooke - 01453 890216
St Johns - St John the evangelist Church - Vicars Warden: Roger Meredith 01453 899864 and Peoples Warden & Verger: David Carrington 01453 890031 - Mobile 07968969694 - Email davidwsp1@Yahoo.co.uk
Stroud Valleys Project - Working with people for the environment
Tourist Info - Cotswolds Tourist Information
TRAVELBus and Rail Links - Travelsearch - Traveline south-westVillage Agent - Penny French - or Tel 07776 245726
RAIL - National Rail Trainline
ROADS - Road Works
Traffic - AA roadwatch - BBC Radio Glos - Highways - RAC Traffic info - Traffic Cameras - Frixo Live Traffic Reports
- I don't know what happened to the monthly reports we used to get but I can't find the on the SPC site anymore.
Village Hall - Information about Slimbridge Village Hall
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