Minutes from the meeting of Linlithgow Climate Challenge
Low Port Centre – Upstairs Lounge Monday 15th March 2010 at 7.30
Present Peter Fairweather, Mel McEwan, Alan Brown, Dorte Gailani, Rose Hill, Chris Mylne, Kirsty Leonard, Dave du Feu, Richard Waldron, John Fleming, Peter Roberts.
Apologies John Buckley, Sheila Redfern, Corinne Anderson, William Ross, George Adam, Kerstin Bonau, Elizabeth Ross
1. Welcome – Food as a part of our carbon footprint and what we can do to lower it.
Mel gave a brief over view of facts and figures related to all aspects of food from production, transport and distribution and consumption including waste. In the UK, 20% of our carbon footprint is down to the food we eat and how it is produced, processed, transported and sold, if we include Land-Use-Change in other countries outside the UK this increases to 30% Clearly this is unsustainable if others don’t starve for lack of available land for their use. At the other end of the scale in Scotland we waste over £1 billion of food each year equivalent to 1 in 4 cars carbon footprint which are on the road.
A very stimulating and informative presentation accompanied by tasty jam tarts.
2. Minutes and Matters Arising from 15th February 2010
The minutes were agreed and any matters arising will be covered by the agenda items.
3. Finance Report – Summary of funds received and disbursed.
As William was not able to attend a summary had been made available. The main costs remain the salaries of the three staff amounting to £3528 with various smaller items totalling £372.53, which included expenses to cover printing, newsletter production, hall hire and the local food event. There was also ongoing support for volunteer time to carry out energy saving audits.
4. Subgroups reports and updates
i. An over view from the Co-ordinator
It has been hoped to have news about the latest CCF funding to allow time to gear up prior to the new financial year but there were indications that this may now not be available until after the Easter holiday break and into the new financial year.
News was given of the developments at the Town Management Centre group which is gearing up to be a free standing body and the potential of it becoming a major forum for the towns development.
The town has received substantial funding to upgrade the town centre with further replacement of pavements and curb stones although this does not appear to have been taken in conjunction with an opportunity to look at traffic flow and parking improvements in the High Street.
Notification was given of the Aspires initiative to look at future potential for Linlithgow with the British Council’s Future Cities Game to be played next week with Alan, Peter, Mel, William & Kirsty participating.
There is still more work to do to persuade WLC to join up for 10:10 and also to support the Earth Hour on the 27th March.
ii. Sub-group comments
Energy team. Audits are on target to complete the 70 houses by end of the month. Behaviour change is still seen as a key aspect of this initiative with engagement with the householders on the wider issues of energy efficiencies.
Food & gardens The second meeting of the Nourish Scotland meeting was attended by Mel and Alan to carry forward the developments and expansion of this initiative.
Notification was given of two ‘Grow Your Own’ themed talks which have been planned in the next week or so. One at Annet House and the second at the Linlithgow Bridge Primary.
Renewables An update of the visits by the students from Heriot Watt University who are looking to base their Masters dissertations on this area was given.
There is now a meter reading wind and solar to establish data for the locality.
Three houses have been chosen to have a comprehensive energy review to form the basis of a display at the Energy Showcase as exemplars of what can be done in a range of properties in the town and the potential energy saving with the different technologies.
Transport Springfield primary missed the deadline for a submission to obtain cycle racks unfortunately. The Springfield transport action planning is moving ahead slowly with map and text being developed. There has been some late developments with regard to the planned parking at the cricket club site and omission of upgrade to pedestrian and cycle routes even after there had been consultations and agreement, a very disappointing outcome.
Waste There have been no new developments
5. On going development of “Linlithgow 2015+ a 5 year vision and action plan”
After much work the revised document was circulated at the meeting and agreed to print and distribute to all the main organisations and the council. There was discussion of how to promote with space in the Gazette and a possible launch at the shop although there were difficulties due to no legal agreement since December to anything in the shop except a window display.
6. Future Events – updates
* Earth Hour 27th March – lights out 8.30 – 9.30 agreed to do something simple around Loch
* Energy Showcase 8th May Cross House. – Already covered
* Marches participation – John Fleming agreed to coordinate and register our interest. Theme etc to be worked out later.
* Book Festival 29th/31th October. Alan has managed to get Mike Small from the Fife Diet and Fiona Houston, author of ‘Garden Diary, living in the 17th century’ to attend and these contact have now been passed over the Line Gallery staff who are doing the detailed organisation. The Sunday Afternoon/evening 31th October is thought the likely time, so make a diary note was recommended.
7. AOCB – Date of next meetings –
19th April meeting was agreed to be on a Transition theme with Phil Revell coming from Dunbar so a 7.00 start is require for them to catch transport back to Dunbar. Eva Schonveld will also talk about the role of Transition Support Scotland.
AGM 17th May 2010 will be a plant swap like last year and a focus on financial/fund raising initiatives like Development Trust. Hopefully the input will be from people who have already established these, either Comrie, Neilston or others. Needs further work to develop. There was also the idea of involving a political dimension which is dependant on the national elections.
Free seeds from East Kilbride Development Trust were kindly distributed to those present. Thanks to them. Greatly appreciated by all. We’ll plant them for the Harvest Feast in Sept.