Saturday, 22 February 2014

Labour Tory Race To Seem Greener

Ed Miliband attacks Cameron on climate change. It's clever, putting the Tories on the defensive where once they boasted "greenest government ever". But the idea that Labour would be significantly better than this coalition is to ignore there own patchy record when in power. 

There is only one Green Party,  don't be fooled by the spin. Send them a green message by voting Green at the next election, euro and locals this May.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Archived, "is it really Regenerate Or Die" For Wokingham?

This was written last month but got forgotten between Xmas and moving house. 

"The town is regularly voted one of the best places to live in the country. But according to the Tories "Without this regeneration our town centre will slowly die".

Many think councillor Alistair Corrie, of Wokingham Borough Council overstated his case more than a little bit. 

He said "I don't like the idea of ripping up trees or building on green space ... but I've come up with the view that we need to regenerate".

"I do accept that most people will find this very unpopular". At last he says something sensible. 

In these times of austerity they are spending £95 million reducing green space and putting more strain on existing resources. 

The council says following the development the park will include a bigger and better play area, and a larger events field, and will have "more trees". Though much less space. 

The application includes a new food store, hotel, new retail units, 157 homes and a "new and improved" town park at Elms Field as well as a redeveloped Peach Place plaza.

Campaigners against this proposal collected more than 2,000 signatures to trigger a three-hour debate against the development which will nearly halve open space at the park.

A campaign on Facebook against the plans has attracted 1,500 members."

Adrian Windisch 
Green Party Candidate For Wokingham 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Wokingham GE Candidate

I have been selected as the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Wokingham for the next General Election. 

This is from the press release. 

"Adrian was the Chair of the local Green Party from 2005 till 2012 and a parliamentary candidate in Reading West in 2005 and 2010.

A resident in Earley, where he lives with his wife and two children, Adrian is a qualified Civil Engineer.  He is a member of several environmental building organisations, with extensive experience of sustainable building.  Adrian is also a member of RedR, a relief organisation that sends engineers to disaster zones.

Adrian says:  “I believes it is possible to make a difference and have a sustainable future.  As an example, I led the campaign against the closure of Battle Hospital to build a Tesco because I wanted to take a stand for the small business and the local community.”

A former director of an environmental charity doing both research and education work, and with experience building a school in rural Tanzania. Adrian believes education should be decided at a more local level, drawing on the knowledge and experience of parents and pupils.

Adrian said “I was shocked to hear the head of Ofsted refer to Wokingham as ‘ area where children are at risk of missing out on the benefits of education.’ Education should provide everyone with the knowledge and skills they need to be able to live a full life and contribute to society.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Greenest Government Ever. Not

Once again Cameron has made headlines with his views on being Green. 

He has broken many promises and needs removing from office. 

Caroline Lucas MP said “If the Prime Minister really wanted to help families with their fuel bills, he’d be investing in a major energy efficiency programme to super-insulate the country’s housing stock.  This would bring nine out of ten homes out of fuel poverty, quadruple carbon savings, and create up to 200,000 jobs.”

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

An "act of environmental vandalism"

Government body had "concerns" over Pangbourne pesticide spray

A concerned resident has questioned the use of spraying the pesticide in Pangbourne. 

BBC Berkshire story below :

A Freedom of Information request showed Natural England's worries about the method being used to kill off the larvae of a caterpillar.

However it still permitted spraying to take place at two copses in Pangbourne using a helicopter.

A Forestry Commission spokesman said it was the "least damaging" way to tackle a larvae that "could be a serious problem to human and tree health".

The spraying took place at the Herridge and Broom Copses, both within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), in an attempt to eradicate the oak processionary moth (OPM) larvae.

The caterpillar which feeds at the top of oak trees contains a toxin in its hairs that can cause itchy rashes, eye and throat irritations.

Natural England licensed the Forestry Commision (FC) to carry out the aerial spraying of the pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) - the first of its kind in the UK.  B

But a Freedom of Information (FoI) request submitted by concerned Pangbourne resident Antoinette Earl showed Natural England believed the spray would have "a very significant impact" on other moths and butterflies in the area.

The body's briefing report also stated the method would not succeed in "eliminating OPM from this woodland".

Miss Earl has called the spraying an "act of environmental vandalism".

She added: "I decided to look into it further, and I was shocked to discover that Natural England was opposed to the spraying, but approved it, against the advice of its own expert scientists, knowing that the impact could be devastating to rare species and the wider food chain at this very sensitive site."

Natural England said in a statement that it did indeed have "concerns" that other species of moth and butterfly "may be impacted" but that "the effects on these populations would be short-lived and they would rapidly re-colonise".

It added that it granted consent on condition that a five-year monitoring programme of birds, moths, butterflies and bats would be carried out on the site, compared with other unsprayed woodlands in the area.

Miss Earl said she was concerned the pilot exercise would lead to aerial spraying elsewhere.

"OPM is a big issue in several London boroughs," she said, "and I worry that the Forestry Commission will use Pangbourne as the starting point for a much bigger spray operation there, with the potential for a massive impact on wildlife across a much wider area."

A Forestry Commission spokesman said of the OPM larvae that it "shared concerns about the potential impacts of the options for controlling it", but that it had "worked closely with scientists and regulators".

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Twenty Is Plenty

I've just signed the following petition "Reading Council: Introduce a 20 mph speed limit in all residential areas across Reading" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 200 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: