It is difficult to avoid the endless promotion of electric cars — but when will we ever see a similar transformation of boats? The idea of swapping out a smelly diesel engine, gear box and fuel tank for a small electric motor and a larger battery pack seems a fair idea — we could surely … Read moreFloating on the current
Local councils have put in temporary schemes to improve walking and cycling safety in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They are bidding for funds for more projects. In the longer term, we need high-quality permanent improvements to encourage a shift away from unnecessary, polluting car journeys to healthier walking and cycling. The Government recently announced … Read moreCycle pathology
I remember the time, way back, when the school RI syllabus changed from (Christian) Bible Study to Comparative Religion – a far more interesting, more-inclusive, approach that opened our young minds to a world we would not have encountered. Ever since, I’ve approached any challenging study by standing back and surveying the wider scene. The … Read moreImagine if our local authority had authority
I’m in a bind. My car, a 1.6 diesel has done 216,000 miles and does 65 mpg. Great for CO2 and cost, but diesels have to go and surely mine will fail at some point. But what to replace it with? I have just investigated the brand new Toyota Yaris self charging hybrid. Toyota claims … Read moreWhat car?
A cold shower of reality. This is 2020. Few of us will be here in 2100, but this is not just because we don’t all expect to live for another 80 years. Very few of us will be here in 2100 simply because large parts of here will be going, going, gone — along with … Read moreRuling The Waves?
A nice idea from a resident, turning a bland stretch of opon space into a haven for bees. Worth considering for our own lawns – not only does it help preserve the pollinators we depend on for our food crops, it cuts down on energy use (yours and the planet’s!) by reducing the area you … Read moreBringing back the bees
With the long lockdown, the calamities and the clapping, the confusions and cracks exposed, some things became blindingly obvious. These things may well have been obvious before – but only with Covid 19 did we really ‘get it’. Now we have a list of urgent actions. Stuff that must not be forgotten. Stuff that must … Read moreFinding Fareham’s fibre
All major oil companies have business plans showing growth over the next 5 years. To be fair to the oil companies, with the current world economic and money models, they have no choice but to go for growth. If a climate catastrophe is to be avoided, we cannot use the oil and gas reserves we … Read moreGreen shoots on Climate Change?
The timetable for approving Fareham’s Local Plan will have to be re-assessed. With most of life and endeavour currently on hold, the only certainty is that plans will change once the plague has passed. The urgent and very necessary responses needed to combat COVID-19 have ensured that there will be no ‘getting back to normal’ … Read morePlanning Priorities: time to rethink
Lib Dems called on Fareham Council to plant more trees in the Borough, using part of its large capital reserves rather than adding to the increase in Council Tax. A one-off spend of £100,000 would enable the Council to plant 500 extra trees, whose benefits would last for generations. The Council has reserves of £5,500,000 … Read moreFighting for more trees