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New marine conservation zone boosts Biosphere bid
LISTEN TO CHRIS TODD HERE The Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership  has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Government of the designation of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). It was one of just 27 zones designated in the whole of England .
The western block of this MCZ, which extends from Brighton Marina to Newhaven Harbour, lies within the proposed Biosphere Reserve . The bid for Biosphere status was made to UNESCO in September and a decision is expected in the summer of 2014.
The new Beachy Head West MCZ  provides for the first time a legal framework for nature conservation and sustainable management of the marine environment. It brings together the different fishing, recreational and conservation interests to maintain the underwater chalk reef habitats which are important for eels and seahorses. The eels are currently listed as critically endangered , while the two species of seahorse are of conservation importance.
The Biosphere partner organisations of Natural England, Sussex IFCA and others will be involved in taking forward the conservation objectives of this zone.
Chris Todd, chair of the Biosphere Partnership said:
“The designation of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone is a welcome step forward in properly looking after the wildlife in our seas. The western block of this zone lies entirely within the proposed Biosphere and forms an important part of our bid. We will now be informing UNESCO of this good news and up-dating our bid documents.”
Notes to Editors:
 The Biosphere Partnership now consists of nearly 40 organisations.
 More information on the MCZ designations is available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/marine-conservation-zone-2013-designations
 See the Biosphere map for more details. Please note that the map has yet to be updated with the exact boundary of the newly designated Beachy Head West MCZ, although it shows where the proposed MCZ was.
 For more detail on the Beachy Head West MCZ see: http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/5988214867230720?category=1721481
 International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list of endangered species.
We have just received this appeal from Save the Children, and ask if our listeners can help!
Children are in danger today after a devastating typhoon – one of the strongest storms to ever make landfall – has hit the Philippines.
195mph winds have struck populated areas, forcing families to flee their homes, and putting lives at risk.
Save the Children is on the ground responding. They urgently need your help to reach as many children as possible.
A donation of £50 could provide four families with clean and safe water and soap for a month.
Thank you so much for your support.
Arctic 30: ‘Signatories from more than 30 countries “applaud the sober minded and non-violent protests against Gazprom’s oil drilling in the Arctic“‘
According to diplomatic sources, the thirty men and women detained by Russia following a peaceful protest against an Arctic oil platform are being moved from a detention centre in Murmansk to a jail in St Petersburg.
Lawyers for Greenpeace are not aware of the reasons for the move. Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said:
“The detainees shouldn’t be in jail at all. They should be free to join their families and restart their lives. St Petersburg has some daylight in the winter months, unlike Murmansk. Families and consular officials will now find it easier to visit the thirty. But there is no guarantee that conditions inside the new detention centre will be any better than in Murmansk. In fact, they could be worse. There is no justification whatsoever to keep the Arctic 30 in any prison for a day longer. They are prisoners of conscience who acted out of a determination to protect us all, and they should be free.”
Prosecuting authorities in Russia were under fire today after it was revealed that they have failed to lift charges of piracy against the Arctic 30, despite pledging to do so.
November 22, 2013
16.15 - The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) today ordered the Russian Federation in a binding ruling to release the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and the 28 activists and two freelance journalists on board upon payment of a EUR 3.6 million bond.
Russia is now under an obligation to comply with the order: the Russian Constitution itself states that international law forms an integral part of the Russian legal system and Russian courts are under an obligation to implement the order. Greenpeace therefore expects Russia to respect UNCLOS and the Tribunal, as it has done in the past.
The complete text of the ruling can be found here.
Also today, many of the activists have been released on bail in St Petersburg.
November 10 2013
Today more than 75 laureates of the the Right Livelihood Award – often called the “Alternative Nobel Prize” – and members of the World Future Council called upon the Russian authorities to immediately release the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists arrested for their peaceful protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.
The signatories from more than 30 countries “applaud the sober minded and non-violent protests against Gazprom’s oil drilling in the Arctic, which poses a dangerous threat to the fragile Arctic environment and the global climate”.
To read the full text of the statement and to see the list of signatories please click here.
November 11, 2013
The transport of the Arctic 30 away from Murmansk started at around 5:00am local time today. Greenpeace International understands the move is taking place by prisoner train. Lawyers for the thirty who tried to visit them in Murmansk this morning were told by officials at the detention centre that all thirty were already being transported.
Ben Ayliffe, Greenpeace International Arctic campaigner, commented: “We don’t yet know if the relocation of these wrongfully accused people will see an improvement in terms of their detention conditions and basic human rights. We are doing everything in our power to ensure that the Arctic 30 are transported in a humane way.”
Following a special meeting of the environment, transport and sustainability committee on Wednesday 11 December, approval has been given to move to the next stage of consultation on revised proposals for Phase 2. The public will have the opportunity to comment on, support or oppose the proposals in January 2014 and councillors will consider the proposals again in March 2014.
Nearly 15,000 people responded to the consultation on proposals for the second phase of 20mph speed limits, covering nine areas of the city (PDF 2.62mb). Responses were collated with information from traffic surveys, road casualty data and street assessments, and a number of revisions were made to the proposals going to the committee.
Further amendments at the meeting removed a number of proposed streets from the new scheme or deferred decisions on them. These include Portland Road which remains at 30mph pending further monitoring. Stanford Avenue and Preston Drove will stay at 30mph. A decision on part of Hollingbury bounded by and including Ditchling Road, Surrenden Road, Braybon Avenue and Carden Avenue was deferred indefinitely so stays at 30mph for the foreseeable future.
Full details of the final 20mph phase 2 proposals will be available here soon.
- View the 20mph consultation responses by street (PDF 597kb)
- View the map of the proposed areas for each phase (PDF 2.38mb)
The aim of introducing the limit is to improve the street environment for all road users, including car drivers, by reducing the number and severity of collisions and casualties on the city’s roads, improving traffic flows and making the city a safer and better place to live in.
We hope that making the streets safer and more pleasant to use will encourage more cycling and walking especially for local trips. This will not only bring road safety benefits, but will also help to improve overall health and wellbeing, reduce congestion and could improve air quality.
A wide range national and international research shows that 20mph speed limits lead to a reduction in road collisions and the severity of casualties, improves in the quality of life of local neighbourhoods and encourages more walking and cycling for local trips. A Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents study showed that at 20mph there was a 2.5% chance of pedestrians being fatally injured, compared to a 20% chance at 30mph. A Department for Transport paper on setting local speed limits reports that on urban roads with low average traffic speeds, any 1mph reduction in average speed can reduce the frequency of collision frequency by around 6%.
Where it’s the limit, it’s the law…
20mph is now the legal speed limit on most roads in central Brighton & Hove — please look out for the signs.
The city centre was Phase 1 of the 20mph scheme (PDF 5.8mb) to introduce the speed limit for residential and shopping streets in the city, approved at Transport Committee in January 2013. The 20mph limit was introduced in central Brighton & Hove in April 2013 and is now legally enforceable. Road markings and signs have been installed across the area.
The programme is planned to be rolled out city-wide over the next two to three years, with consultation on phase 3 following the current work on the phase 2 areas.
The overall project budget is £1.5m spread over three to four years but this will be reviewed annually.
Frequently asked questions
Why are you proposing to introduce a 20mph limit for most of Brighton & Hove?
Following public consultation in 2012 and a growing number of petitions from local communities, a majority of residents across the city have told us they are in favour of the reduced limit for residential and local shopping areas.
National and international research is increasingly showing that a 20mph speed limit leads to a reduction in road collisions and the severity of casualties, improves in the quality of life of local neighbourhoods and encourages more walking and cycling for local trips. This in turn would bring significant health benefits and reduce congestion, all of which should make our city a better place to live, work in and visit.
A Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents study showed that at 20mph there was a 2.5% chance of pedestrians being fatally injured, compared to a 20% chance at 30mph. A Department for Transport paper on setting local speed limits also reports that, on urban roads with low average traffic speeds, any 1mph reduction in average speed can reduce the frequency of collision frequency by around 6%.
Following the initial consultation in 2011 and introduction of the city centre limit earlier this year, our plan has always been to consult on the following phases as soon as we can. There is enough evidence to show how 20mph limits improve road safety without waiting to show the effectiveness of introducing the limits in the city centre. However, early monitoring from the first six months of Phase 1 in the city centre shows there has been:
- A decrease in traffic speed on 74% on the roads.
- A significant reduction in the number and severity of collisions, and no fatal collisions since implementation. This includes a 20% decrease in the number of collisions and a 19% decrease in the number of casualties (based on five months of 2013 data compared with the three year average for the same five months in the previous three years.)
Which roads will be included?
The first phase includes most of the residential streets in central Brighton & Hove, plus the commercial heart of the city. Most major roads and the more significant or arterial routes beyond the Phase 1 central area are proposed to remain at their current limits, including the A259 seafront road, Old Shoreham Road, New Church Road, Ditchling Road, London Road and Lewes Road.
A 20 mph limit or ‘blanket ban’ across the entire city is not part of the proposals. The phase 2 proposals focus on residential streets, with most of the main arterial roads such as Old Shoreham Road, New Church Road, Ditchling Road, London Road and Lewes Road proposed to remain at their current speed limits — see the phase 2 city-wide map (PDF 2.62mb) for details. The consultation questionnaire asked residents for their views on which roads in their areas should be included or excluded.
- West Hove (PDF 873kb)
- Dyke Road west (PDF 1.15mb)
- Dyke Road east (PDF 1.10mb)
- Preston (PDF 845kb)
- Patcham & Hollingbury (PDF 743kb)
- Hollingbury & south Moulsecoomb (PDF 1mb)
- Coldean (PDF 376kb)
- Bevendean & north Moulsecoomb (PDF 795kb)
- East Brighton (PDF 728kb)
Is my street/neighbourhood included?
All streets within the Phase 1 area (PDF 5.8mb) are included. We consulted on the neighbourhoods and individual roads included in phase 2 and are going through the responses now. You can see the current map of the proposed areas for each phase (PDF 2.38mb).
Will the new 20mph limits be enforced?
The 20mph limits will be enforced in the same way that the 30mph has been. Where 20mph limits are installed, they are both legal and enforceable. Under the Road Traffic Act 1984, local authorities have the legal power to set speed limits on roads under their control. The limits are enforceable by the police and speed guns can detect speeds below 20mph. Please remember, where it’s the limit, it’s the law.
How long will it take to implement the proposal?
Following the 20mph speed limit being introduced in the city centre in April 2013, the plan is to roll out the programme city-wide, with further consultation on the later phases, over the next two to three years.
Consultation on the phase 2 areas closed on 4 October. The responses of the consultation were put together with information from traffic surveys, road casualty data and street assessments, and revised proposals went to the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee on Wednesday 11 December. Approval was given to move to the next stage of consultation and the public will have the opportunity to comment on, support or oppose the proposals in January 2014 and councillors will consider the proposals again in March 2014.
Dr Jo Barstow (University of Oxford) gives a Lecture on Atmospheres on other worlds at Sussex University. Thanks to the Institute of Physics for sharing this wonderful lecture with us.
In the last 20 years, over 800 planets have been discovered orbiting some of the millions of stars that we see in the night sky. The easiest to find are the hot Jupiters — massive, gaseous planets being cooked by their parent stars – but, as telescopes and techniques improve, we are becoming capable of finding smaller, cooler planets.
Eventually, we will be able to detect planets like the Earth — small enough to be made of rock, and far enough from their stars to be habitable — but the only way of finding out whether these habitable planets actually do support life is to study their atmospheres, and look for the gaseous fingerprints of biological activity.
The people of Brighton & Hove gather together to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through their city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year.
Every year on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, Same Sky – Brighton’s community art charity – produces a much-loved free event in Brighton called Burning the Clocks. The event combines a family lantern procession with a spectacular fire and fireworks show, bringing the whole city together to celebrate.
Burning the Clocks is a unique community event in which local people make their own paper and willow lanterns. After carrying them through the city in a lantern parade they pass them into the fire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end. Then a dazzling fire show is set in motion, in which a massive fire sculpture is ignited, live music plays, and fireworks light up the sky!
Burning the Clocks was created in 1994 as a way to celebrate the festive season regardless of faith or creed. It is free and the route is suitable for all ages and abilities. Over 2,000 people now take part in the parade and over 20,000 spectators turn out to watch.
Creating alternative education accessible to all, regardless of income, and providing space to think critically about the world Brighton University always have a series of lectures and workshops to enlighten the mind.
We thought this workshop looked especially interesting. Come along and learn more on how to make simple craft items (eg Xmas gifts, bunting and other decorations) out of recycled fabrics. No sewing experience is necessary and all levels are welcome. Bring your own fabric old garments or use some of theirs to create.
Please book early via the link below as this is strictly on a first come, first serve basis.
The Polish Show people are back in action. Listen here to their latest delivery!
You can now listen to the live set that the lovely Shakespeare Heptet played
on the Radio Free Brighton Mixcloud for free.
Listen here to the second show from Meredith Collins, editor with local independent publishers Pighog in which she and Radio Free Brighton volunteer Kieran Bacon look at short stories which may be a good present for young adults. The Pighog Literature Review is a weekly look at good reads , poetry and prose, written and published right here in Sussex. She will be discussing books for all ages including tasty treats for winter nights that even the thorniest non reader will be unable to resist. More info at http://www.pighog.co.uk/about/index.html
Below is a short intro from Pighog website — go there to find details of their events etc!
Pighog is an award-winning independent publisher creating groundbreaking experiences of the written and spoken word. We publish high quality original work for a diverse range of regional, national and international voices.
We are known for discovering exciting new talent and for our unique and distinctive publications. Our aim is to present high quality work through high quality presentation — in print, online and live. We were shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 Michael Marks Publishers Award and Charlotte Gann’s The Long Woman was shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award. Sarah Jackson’s Milk was shortlisted for the same award in 2008. We have also won a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice Award for Lorna Thorpe’s Dancing to Motown.
Our approach is eclectic. We do not back any particular literary ideology but prefer to offer our readers a stimulating choice of well-made work. Our artistic eclecticism is complemented by our dedication to regional voices. Our Sussex Series has brought attention to a group of writers who have been termed the ‘Beach Generation’. We are now developing a series devoted to poets from Munster in Ireland. We have international connections with poets, publishers and organisations in Canada, India, Ireland, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Chile, Finland, Germany, Holland, Jamaica, Scandinavia, Slovenia, Spain and the USA.
We are committed to both traditional and new media publication. We are the first publisher to issue a book via Twitter, sending out a guide to writing poetry as a series of Tweets. In 2009, Pighog launched its first writing competition (for writers of fiction for children and young people) and in 2010 has taken over responsibility for Pulse: Brighton International Poetry Festival, which in 2010 was based around the literary weekend party Pigbaby.
Looking ahead, we are developing a new series for emerging poets (Pighog Passports) as well as pamphlet collections of short stories.
We believe that language is energy and that literary works harness that energy to create feeling, insight and imaginative experience to change minds and lives.
“Pamphlet poetry, for me, is one of the most revolutionary and exciting forms of art. Not least, because it bypasses fashion and establishment and social clique and gives an opportunity to everyone who thinks they have something good to say through poetry to try. That equally on the receiving end, it transcends the values of class and culture and even education, to reach anyone who has an art and desire to be human.” — Lady Marks from her Inaugural Address to the 2008 Michael Marks Awards at the British Library.
Listen here to John Tabernacle, a student at St Bride’s Westbourne Villas, Hove back in 1936 - 1939 talking about plans for a reunion of all his old classmates. If you know anyone who attended the school around about that time do tell them about this and ask them to contact John.
Balcombe Estate signs 30-year lease on drill site and new update on fracking, with reduced regulatory barriers clearing way for buisness “right across the South”.
Balcombe Estate signs 30-year lease on drill site
No Fracking in Balcombe Society email@example.com
;Balcombe resident Kathryn McWhirter added, ‘Cuadrilla must be pretty confident of extracting oil in large quantities, and over decades. We know that the well drilled there in the 80s didn’t flow – the rocks under Balcombe are not a conventional reservoir of oil. Cuadrilla know, we know, that they will eventually have to frack. Not only are we in Balcombe early-day guineapigs for the industry and the Government, we now face the prospect of nuisance, pollution and industrialisation of our landscape until 2043!’
Balcombe residents have obtained copies of the Title Deed¹ of the Balcombe Estate, with a new addendum – a new 30-year lease on the drilling site at Lower Stumble, signed over to Cuadrilla on September 26th this year. The original three-year lease on the site ran out at the end of September at the same time as the original planning permission
Village mother of two Juliette Harris said, ‘I cannot believe this, on one hand you have Lord Cowdray over in Fernhurst defending his villagers and the British countryside, whilst our landowner sells out our little rural village to the gas and oil industries and condemns us to noise, trucks and pollution for the next 30 years!”
Balcombe resident Kathryn McWhirter added, ‘Cuadrilla must be pretty confident of extracting oil in large quantities, and over decades. We know that the well drilled there in the 80s didn’t flow – the rocks under Balcombe are not a conventional reservoir of oil. Cuadrilla know, we know, that they will eventually have to frack. Not only are we in Balcombe early-day guineapigs for the industry and the Government, we now face the prospect of nuisance, pollution and industrialisation of our landscape until 2043!’
PRESS COMMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, November 9, 2013
‘It’s right across the South we’re talking about: Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, into Kent. Ministers have reduced the regulatory barriers to fracking, clearing the way for the industry to spread across the country,’ he said, adding: ‘There is shale in the Midlands too.’
‘It’s very broad minded of Mr Fallon to go out campaigning on behalf of the Labour Party,’ commented Kathryn McWhirter, resident of Balcombe, scene of drilling and protests this summer. ‘Labour, the Green Party, and even UKIP must have their boat-hooks out ready to haul in an ever-growing flotsom of refugees from this frack-happy Coallition. Every time a new planning application pops up around the country, so does a new anti-fracking group – anti-drilling group, should I say, because the industry is always careful to deny the F word. Not fracking (yet) makes permits easier to get, sooths local opposition, and spells ‘no-story’ to the press. But shale gas and oil will not flow in industrial quantities unless fracked. Frack-free exploration is a preliminary to fracking.’
‘The Government chooses to ignore the opposition, or else has been led blindfold down this oily path by industry lobbyists and advisors. There are compelling local, national and international reasons not to frack, reasons backed up by serious science and experience elsewhere.
‘Britain’s highly faulted underbelly will be a conduit to acquifers, well casings fail, accidents happen, earthquakes happen, and earthquakes can damage well casings even when Richter readings are low, as Cuadrilla proved in Blackpool. Escaped and vented methane is many times worse a greehouse gas than CO2. Flares release toxic compounds. We in Balcombe experienced the noise of drilling and endless convoys of heavy traffic. Imagine the fresh water that will be wasted if Fallon achieves his dream of thousands of wells across our countryside, water that will return to the surface radioactive, laced with chemicals and heavy metals from the depths – too polluted to clean and restore to the water cycle. Across the world, fracking flowback water is a dilemma, dumped for ever down spent wells, or disposed of illegaly into the sea, onto roads and fields. I’d love to hear the British Government’s policy for disposal of the future frack-water flowback from all these thouands of British wells.’
Fracking Update (27.11.13)
Hi all — GOOD DEED FOR THE DAY
Despite the mild weather today, we are set for quite a cold winter according to the forecasts. So I’m sending out an appeal on behalf of First Base, part of Brighton Housing Trust, who work with some of Brighton and Hoves most vulnerable rough sleepers. They are not asking for money, but instead are requesting practical, basic items that can make a real difference to someone sleeping rough.
BHT First Base is a resource, training and health centre for people who are street homeless or vulnerably housed in Brighton & Hove. They work with 60 clients a day who are rough sleeping. Temperatures are set to plummet and clients are in desperate need of warm clothing to survive the winter months. If you are able to help by purchasing an item from the wish list and could forward this email on to any of your friends, that’d be great. You can access the wish list here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/1LXVG93QIJ6XP/ref=cm_wl_search_1
LISTEN HERE This week’s show presented by Kayla Ente. BHESCO : Interview with Will Cottrell from Brighton Energy Coop
BHESCO How does it work?
Instead of paying ever increasing gas and electricity bills, BHESCO customers join forces to buy energy together to get a better price. The profits we make don’t go to shareholders. We reinvest this money right back into our customers properties, improving their energy efficiency with insulation. better boilers, draught proofing etc, and we install renewable energy micro-generation to move away from fossil fuels. More information at http://bhesco.co.uk/ COME AND MEET KAYLA 12 NOON OCT 21st HERE AT UNDER THE BRIDGE STUDIOS, 7 TRAFALGAR ARCHES BN1 4FQ (just along from the Green Door Store , next to Amsterdammers Bike Shop)
Brighton Energy Co-op
Brighton Energy Coop gathers lots of people together to invest collectively in big renewable energy projects.
Once these renewables are installed, the electricity produced qualifies for a government subsidy called the Feed in Tariff, and power is also sold to our solar landlords and the national grid.
The money thus raised then flows back into the Coop, and is used to pay interest to members, as well as cover things like ongoing maintenance and development of future projects.
This is a model that has worked extensively in European countries such as Denmark and Germany. Indeed, there are more than fifty renewable energy coops in the UK. Some have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds, others millions. What joins them together is a grassroots effort to develop local renewable energy.
Read more about the Co-op here
In the last 12 days they have raised £100,000 from their latest share offer…
This is a fantastic achievement and they thank all of their new members, as well as existing members who have chosen to increase the number of shares they hold in BEC.
Within a few weeks they now have nearly half the total for their Phase 1 target — £230,800. This is to fund a huge solar array at Shoreham Port - see here for project details.
Investors are projected to receive a 5% return on their investment, as well as a 30% tax break on the amount invested. See financial benefits here and have a look at our share invitation here.
They aim to raise the ￡232,800 before 25th November — this will enable them to install the system before the scheduled drop in the Feed in Tariff from January 1.
Finally, note that they’ve also had some problems with their online payment system. At present this is only able to take investments of up to £5,000. If you’re thinking of investing more than that then you can still join offline - or just drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brighton Energy Co-op