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Chesterfield Community Garden Access Under Threat from Development

The future of Inspire Community Garden in Chesterfield is under threat from a proposed development that could cut off access to the garden. Inspire is a project of Transition Chesterfield which provides an organic demonstration garden on a former piece of wasteland. It is used by various volunteers and a number of children’s groups. Regular visitors include those with disabilities. A proposed healthcare facility development on adjacent land would see vehicular and disabled access to the garden cut off. As deliveries of items such as compost would no longer be possible, the project would be forced to close.

In an objection lodged with the local authority, the group have said: ‘We are not at all opposed to the development of the site or the facilities proposed but we strongly object to the lack of consideration given to providing accesses to the Inspire Community garden, and the impact on the local community, the large number of visitors to the community garden and the many volunteers who engage in this worthwhile project.’

Although the deadline for objections by post has passed, all email objections will be considered if sent anytime up to the date the application is considered. More information: https://bit.ly/2OYwHAa

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MPs Out of Step With Constituents on Onshore Wind

Six years ago 100 MPs, including six representing constituents in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire, wrote to the then prime minister protesting the spread of onshore wind. Now it's effectively banned. 10:10 asked the constituents of these MPs what they thought about onshore wind. And guess what? 74% of them love it.
 
Across the UK, three quarters of people support onshore wind turbines, and the people living in these constituencies are no different. Incredibly, 73% of people in these particular constituencies would be happy to live near wind turbines and only 20% support the government’s blocking of wind.
 
The government is now deciding whether to keep the block on onshore wind in the new national planning framework. If you’d like them to support wind, sign this petition: https://bit.ly/2zMdU20
 
Find out which MP’s didn’t want wind: https://bit.ly/2DOynXP

Local Councils Invest Pension Funds in Fracking

New data released by 350.org, Platform and Friends of the Earth shows that councils in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Derby are all investing some of their pension funds in companies involved in fracking. Whilst the figures are low (4.59% for Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, and 4.37% for Derby and Derbyshire) they still represent millions of pounds of investment. Nationally, council pension funds invest over £9 billion in the global fracking industry.
 
The following website can be used to find information about your local council’s investments and write an email to your local councillor asking the council to divest from companies involved in fracking: https://bit.ly/2O2QWwo

South Derbyshire Tree Giveaway

South Derbyshire District Council has 2000 trees to give away to residents, schools and community groups. Households can apply for up to six free trees and community groups up to 60. To mark 20 years of twinning between South Derbyshire and Toyota, this year’s choices include maple and cherry trees, both of cultural significance to Japan. https://bit.ly/2yayh6M