Thursday, 23 December 2010
Our thoughts are with some of our members who are ill or awaiting operations, get well soon.
2011 promises to be a good year but a challenging one; the new domestic thermal tariff comes into play, there are a number of biofuel power stations that have planning permission to be built on Teesside that use waste wood or managed forest and we hope they will use CHP (Combined Heat and Power) to get the most from this resource.
The UK with its ingenuity is looking at wave, tidal and offshore wind power. The north sea is a challenging environment but we have expertise from the oil, gas and fishing industries in the NE. It would be good to export tidal & wind turbines and we could build them here!
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Legislation that could lead to a trial shift of the UK clocks forward by an hour cleared an important parliamentary hurdle today. . .
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
BRITISH Summer Time ends early tomorrow and the clocks go back an hour. But what if it didn’t? ...
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
We discussed the "fix the foodchain" and "get serious" campaigns and our plans for the future. We have a lot happening with the Stockton group starting up, conference and lots of cycling!!
Anyrate we are a friendly group so if you are interested in green things come along and welcome.
Friday, 20 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
I've never been to Mima before so this will be interesting. Mima is very central and if you come early you can look around the galleries. Car parking is free after 4pm and there is cycle parking right outside the cafe so you can keep it in sight. We have an update on the "Fix the Foodchain campaign" and details of the Sky Ride Click here Cafe Prego
- Wed 8th September 7pm NEW STOCKTON GROUP, the Hub cycle centre, Bridge road, stockton Hope to have lots of people here fro the launch of Stocktons New group
- Thursday 23rd September 7-8.30pm, Friends meeting house, 131 Cambridge Road, Linthorpe, Mbro. TS5 5HL Carla our network developer should be coming to this meeting and we should have tea and cake!! We should have the latest info from our the national conference. Map and Google streetview here
Friday, 23 July 2010
Follow the link below to see a map and further venue details, but we are in the education centre that used to be the old Hebrew prayer house, a squarish building opposite where the old General hospital on Ayresome Green Lane used to be.
If you are interested in green issues, animals, allotments, cycling, renewable energy, food . . . . come along,please take this opportunity to get involved or give us a ring/email.
Monday, 5 July 2010
Apart from being able to try out lots of different types of bike there were other stalls included the 10:10 campaign, CTC, the carbon trust, the real nappy people and things like solar panel and insulation companies.
The day went well and the new venue of Ropner park was lovely.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Friday, 23 April 2010
"The Redcar Question Time is going to be very interesting with 3-4 candidates and everything to play for. Local issues will be high on the agenda as well as the economy. This election is unusual, people are really thinking about who they are voting for and weighing up candidates and issues" said Friends of the Earth co-ordinator Rob Tucker.
The Rev Catey Morrison will be chairing the event and questions wil be taken beforehand from the audience on a number of topics.
The Redcar & Cleveland event takes place on;
Tuesday 4th May, 7-8.30pm
East Cleveland Baptist church,
Redcar. TS10 3LA
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Thursday 29th April, 7-8.30pm
1a Saint Barnabas Road
Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6JR.
The church is a wonderful venue right in the middle of Linthorpe Road at the heart of Middlesbrough. With room for 300 (see internal photo), good accoustics, audiovisual and kitchen - but we need to know numbers for catering and layout so please email with numbers if you are coming to rob'at'angelfishmedia.com
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
We wish this project well and hope that it really does use Combined Heat and Power and puts Teesside on the map with a power station as iconic as Battersea.
Northern Echo article
Friday, 12 March 2010
The striking design offers the possibilities of real jobs on Teesside but should it be re-thought? Teesside is an ideal location for biomass power stations, with good port facilities, experienced workforce, good grid connections and an industrial heritage - indeed we were the first in the country with the Sembcorp Biomass Power Station at Wilton International and there are two more planned at Teesport and Billingham. However FoE has some reservations about the BEI-Teesside scheme that plans to import Palm oil kernel biomass from Malaysia 9,000 miles away rather than using waste wood or sustainable wood from the UK or Scandinavia.
Last month a proposed Biofuel power station in Bristol was refused permission due to concerns over their use of palm oil. Some Palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia impact on wildlife (especially Orangutans), local people, burning /cutting down rain forest, and the environment in general.
At present, the use of palm oil products for fuel makes a mockery of the high govt subsidy that developers would get for producing power in this way.
FoE are looking into the details closely and may object to the scheme when it comes to the planning committee meeting on Wed 17th March at Stockton library. If there was a different source of biomass used Foe would not have an objection.
Application at Stockton council;
BEI's environmental report
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Of course there are lots of cycle ways and routes that are away from major traffic, a journey by push bike would probably be a more direct, different route to the one you would make by car. but I felt to deal with busy roads, roundabouts and big lorries I could do with some help, so I contacted Redcar council (all the councils have schemes) and got real help to cut down the risk of cycling.
The most common accident is where someone opens a car door and knocks the cyclist over! Simply cycle well wide of any parked cars. Road positioning is also key to stopping cars forcing you into the side of the road or at junctions.
If you are thinking of cycling to work you can get 50% off the cost of the bicycle and equipment, with the rest being spread out over an interest free loan taken from salary. Cannot get better than that.
I enjoyed my course and learnt a lot as well, so contact your local council for lessons, just google it!
http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/ Cycle to work scheme
The estate has the potential for biomass heating, several possible hydro sites from existing dammed lakes and other renewables.
We will let you know of any developments as they come up.
SO if you were looking to site a small scale hydro scheme or other renewables where would be a good place to look? Well the advice we were given was look for place names that have mill or wier in the title. So Tocketts mill came to mind! Dating back in places to the Domesday book the historic mill is now used at weekends by a historic society and the converted stables resturant is very popular with upto a 100 people at the weekends.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Banks Developments, a well established company, are proposing a windfarm and CHP (Combined Heat and Power) scheme near Stillington in the Stockton council area. They have yet to go to the scoping stage but Banks hope to put in an application for a wind test mast soon.
Monday, 8 February 2010
We would like to think that the support FoE has given to this project made the difference - it was 5 for and 5 against at the Stockton meeting and the chairperson with the deciding vote voted for the project. Both council planning offices recommended the project. Watch this space.