A Local Plan for Housing in North Hertfordshire until 2031: Examination in Public

The public examination of North Herts Local Plan will take place at Icknield Centre, Icknield Way, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 1EF. The examination starts on: Monday 13th November 2017 at 9:30am (after that first day, the sessions will start at 9:00am) and under the current schedule the final day will be Thursday 1st March, 2018. Transition Town Letchworth’s aim is that the Local Plan should take account of long-term ‘carbon saving’ measures overall, in terms of the quality of housing, siting in terms of transport links especially walking and cycling, local jobs etc. We do not take a position on … more

Eco Waste and Recycling

In mid May TTL hosted a Talk by a team from a local recycling company, Eco Waste & Recycling Ltd (www.eco-skiphire.co.uk). The company is keen to promote sustainable best practices. As far a possible, it is part of a ‘circular economy’ of many kinds of materials.Their business is commercial skip hire, they do not receive municipal or household waste, but they do handle skipfulls of commercial, industrial, construction and demolition ‘waste’ materials and objects. They sort the waste by type of materials, including up to ten kinds of plastic. When a sufficient quantity of any kind has been gathered, it … more

Tomorrow – the Film

As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, all in their thirties, explore the world in search of solutions that can save their children, and with them, future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy…) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future. I made a pilgrimage to Bristol to one of the three UK Premiere venues in the UK. This was in the Station, an Arts and Community Centre in the city centre; … more

Christmas Shopping In Letchworth and beyond…

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TTL has had a few initiatives over the years encouraging people to shop locally and this year we were involved in a shop locally Christmas poster campaign. This campaign recognised that we need to give our custom to local shops if they are to survive. Letchworth’s Business Improvement District (BID) has funded a number of initiatives in the last year to try and get people into the town centre and visiting the shops. Did you try to shop locally at Christmas and was this successful?  What kinds of things could you buy and what were you less successful in finding? If you … more

Keeping Warm

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With the frost on the ground and some very cold evenings its a good time to work on reducing the draughts in your home. This year Transition Town Letchworth is once again running its Community Thermal Imaging Service. Each month we hold a training session which covers operating our thermal imaging camera, using the camera to survey your house for heat losses and tips to help you reduce heat loss from your home. The training session lasts about an hour and the next one will take place on Wednesday 11th January at 8pm in the Upper Hall of Mrs Howard Hall, Norton Way … more

Cycling In Letchworth

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My bike sat in the shed for years until I finally decided to get it out and use it. I’m not a racing cyclist, I don’t go on long off road cycle rides. I use it for local errands, to go and get the shopping and for the school run. Having got the bike out I realise what I have been missing, exercising in fresh air is still as enjoyable as when I was young and local errands are completed in less time than it would take me in a car. But there is no denying that the roads are much busier … more

Reflections From Letchworth First Transition Streets Group

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Transition Street Hillbrow / Highfield is the first Transition Street in Letchworth. It started in November 2015 and has been considered by those taking part, which includes myself, a great success. After a mailshot along the street nine households were found to be interested in taking part. Regular monthly meetings have been held. The initial 7 meetings, held in members own homes, were facilitated by members of Transition Town Letchworth. These meetings concerned; Energy: it was extremely useful to compare energy bills. Water: it turned out that the one family not on a meter was paying disproportionately more than the … more

A Neighbourhood Plan For Letchworth

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Transition Town Letchworth’s September meeting asked the question ‘Does Letchworth Need a Neighbourhood Plan?’ A neighbourhood plan provides a vision and policies for future development of the area and has to be developed by people who live and work in the area. During the meeting the attendees explored what was involved in producing a plan and discussed what could and could not be influenced by a plan. By the end of the meeting there was a majority of attendees who thought that Letchworth would benefit from having a Neighbourhood Plan. We ended the meeting with a quick brainstorming exercise on … more