Help With Research Into How the Public Engages With Renewable Energy

A student at the University of Birmingham is researching how the public engage with renewable energy. The research seeks to explore how people are investing in Community Energy and purchasing 'green' renewable energy tariffs at home. To find out more and complete the survey, visit

Nottinghamshire County Council Calling for Improvements to Rail Travel

Nottinghamshire County Council has called for the Government to take action to improve rail travel in Nottinghamshire. These calls are in response to a consultation by the Department of Transport to help shape long-term improvements to the East Midlands rail franchise, one of the four franchises which serve Nottinghamshire.

The Council has already funded £200,000 towards an initial feasibility study into the reopening of the Shirebrook-Ollerton line for passengers. This line is already used as a freight line and a test track, and already connects to the existing passenger railway on the Robin Hood line between Nottingham and Worksop. Improvements to rail links in this part of Nottinghamshire could help boost the local economy by creating better access to jobs and local tourism sites.

Councillors also reiterated their disappointment in the Government’s decision to cancel the electrification of the Midland Main Line. Councillor John Cottee, committee chairman for the Community and Place Committee said: “We think this is a short-sighted approach as the proposed replacement bi-mode trains – designed to run on both existing lines and electric lines - represent a poor replacement and are not environmentally friendly. The Government's decision to cancel electrification of the MML, while continuing to fund the £30 billion Crossrail two project in London, is particularly unfair to this region.”

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Frack Free Notts Calls on Council to Reject Seismic Surveys on Council Land

Frack Free Notts is calling on Nottinghamshire’s county councillors say no to all requests for seismic surveys on county council-owned land. It is asking others living in the county to do the same by writing to their councillor.

The call from the groups comes following a delay to a decision, a statement against the proposal from the local Labour Party group, and a decision by the council to determine each seismic survey decision on a site-by-site basis. Frack Free Notts believes it is now unclear what the process for decision making is and if the public will have access to each proposal in sufficient time to comment.

Anyone wishing to support the campaign can download a template letter on the group’s website and send it to their local councillor by 16th November:

Solar Passive House for Sale in Hockerton

A solar passive house is for sale at the Hockerton Housing Project. One of the five private homes on this sustainable co-housing development, it comes with shared access and use of renewable energy systems, rainwater harvesting and six acres of land, with a further 8.5 acres on an agricultural lease. For more information visit the website:

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