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  • Electricity should be renewable and as local as possible

    This post considers the proposition that most energy could be generated from renewables near to where it is needed. This article starts with a brief history of the electricity network, which reminds us that its origins were local in nature, and of how the grid evolved. History of the electricity network In 1881 the town…

  • Local teenager on a mission to COP26

    Local teenager on a mission to COP26

    Newton Abbot resident Jessie Stevens is heading to Glasgow for the COP26 summit in November, and plans to pedal the whole 570 miles! She will be cycling under the banner of the People Pedal Power mission she has created. This aims to inspire people (particularly young people) to join her on her journey and deliver…

  • ACT Responds to the Local Plan

    ACT has produced a response to the local plan in two parts. We have looked at carbon emissions arising as a consequence of the sites proposed, here the principles relate to the plan in general. Climate related aspects of the plan Our wildlife wardens have been busy gathering information about many sites, and some have…

  • Wildlife Warden Podcast Episode 5

    Emily Marbaix is back with another podcast (which you can also read) in which she talks about her latest wild camping trip, orienteering training with Emma Cunis (aka Dartmoor’s Daughter), and notes that 68 wildlife wardens across 34 parishes and wards have received introductory training. There is also: An update on the Wildlife Warden Scheme…

  • An idea for the Heart of Teignbridge

    An idea for the Heart of Teignbridge

    The government demands that the local plan provides sites for about 750 houses per year over the next 20 years in Teignbridge. Where homes are built makes a difference to carbon emissions. If you build small flats in town centres: There are fewer emissions from construction. There are fewer ongoing emissions. You don’t need a…

  • XR Protests at the G7

    XR Protests at the G7

    When you think about an Extinction Rebellion (XR) activist, you probably don’t think of someone like me, writes Amanda Cole. A 68 year old grandmother, with a 44 year history of NHS work in a responsible and respected position. But I attended the protests at the recent G7 meeting in St Ives and joined hundreds…

  • Site options for the Teignbridge local plan to be consulted on

    A meeting of the council executive on 1st June passed a motion to run a public consultation on site options for the local plan from 14th June to 9th August. Executive Committee meeting You can watch the proceedings of the executive committee here , this gives access to a recording of the whole meeting, the…

  • Fast Access tool for planning applications

    We have written a tool which enables you to see details of all active planning applications on a single interactive page. This enables applications to be filtered by date range, parish, ward or Wildlife Warden area, type, decision level. Text search on address, proposal and document description and title is also provided. A summary of…

  • Precious Trees Need Preserving

    Precious Trees Need Preserving

    New neighbours move in and immediately cut down a magnificent silver birch and create a drive with non-porous material. I am mad! I love trees, writes Fran Hamilton. What’s all the fuss about? Let’s start at the bottom, below the surface of the soil. Maybe you have noticed white threads on old rotting wood. These…

  • Teignbridge progress with the climate and ecological emergency

    Cllr. Jackie Hook, executive member for Climate Change, Flooding and Coastal Defence reported to Teignbridge District Council’s (TDC) Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 9th February 2021. Here is a video clip of her report She reported on TDC’s work on Climate change and the Ecological Emergency: TDC appointed William Elliot in February 2020 as Climate…