News & Announcements
Are you a local business based in North West Leicestershire? Have you been affected by rising energy prices? The Green Footprints Business Network, working with the Council‘s Business Focus team, is inviting all local businesses to attend a FREE workshop to:
- learn how to reduce energy use and costs
- find out what renewable energy technologies are available
- learn more about the Green Deal and how it could work for your business
- hear what financial tools and Government deals are available
Sign up for this FREE workshop that will be held on Wednesday 24th April at Donington Park Race Track. For further information and to register please log on to the Eventbrite website.
Keep Britain Tidy is calling on local volunteers to help with England’s ‘Great Litter Count’.
Phil Barton, Chief Executive, explains how you can help.
“Each year, Keep Britain Tidy identifies the companies whose products are littered most. From fast food containers to drink cans to sweets wrappers, we count the brands that create the most litter...on our streets, in our parks or beside the water. We call it England’s Great Litter Count.
We release the results to the media. And because litter affects so many people, they usually list the companies whose products litter the most. This year, for the first time, we’re asking for volunteers. So we can collect the most comprehensive information ever, tracking litter in more communities than ever before.
Here’s what we need: During the first two weeks of February—it’s up to you when—take a walk down a local street, or along a waterway, and spend half an hour counting the kinds of litter you see. We’ll make sure you have everything you need. You don’t have to pick up a thing. All you have to do is count. Then, let us know what you’ve found by filling in a simple, on-line form. Keep Britain Tidy will tabulate the results and let people know which brands contribute to the most litter.
It’s a proven way to get more companies helping improve our local environments. And it’s a great way to get more attention on the harm litter does to the places we love.”
Farmers and landowners looking to develop renewable energy projects are being encouraged to benefit from a tenfold increase in the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). From 1st January, businesses can get 100 per cent tax relief on investments up to £250,000.
The temporary two-year measure makes it an ideal time to invest in renewable energy projects. Using the example of a 50kW endurance turbine which costs in the region of £250,000, the person investing in the project could offset the total cost against their income tax in year one.
Local group, the Friends of Thringstone, have gathered an astonishing 1000 bags of litter in the last eight months alone, doubling their initial target of 500 bags.
Chairman, Nita Pearson, said, “When you look at the figures, whilst it is good that the group has managed to do so well to keep our village clean, it is disappointing to realise that this has only happened because people drop litter in the first place. Some of us litter pick daily to keep the amounts of litter down and we also have regular environmental events where we litter pick with other groups, our next one being on 19th January. We ensure that all cans, plastics and bottles we collect are recycled and try to reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfill." Friends of Thringstone would welcome hearing from any other Thringstone residents who want to help with litter picking, either at environmental events or independently. Please contact Nita on 01530 223434.
The Green Footprints Awards, which are now in their fifth year, are open for business. The awards showcase the outstanding environmental contributions made by businesses, schools and groups within North West Leicestershire. Entrants have until 31st January 2013 to submit applications which are being sought in the following five categories:
• Children and Young People – sponsored by Stephenson College
• Partnerships and Community groups – sponsored by Radisson Blu
• Schools – sponsored by the National Forest Company
• Sustainable Urban Design – sponsored by OurplaceTM
For further information please contact Gillian Squires, Sustainability Officer by emailing: email@example.com
This is the second year of the ‘Don’t Muck Around’ campaign, which was launched in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council. This year‘s campaign has seen some fantastic results and across both districts has resulted in:
- an overall 44% drop in cigarette litter in hotspot areas
- a 63% reduction in dog fouling in hotspot areas
- an 11% increase in awareness of Duty of Care offences
Thank you to everyone who has joined in and helped to make it such a fantastic success!
Do you have high energy bills? Are you looking for a cost effective way to heat your home? Want to find out about solar hot water or alternative ways to heat your home? Interested in hearing more about funding that can help finance the change?
The RCC Leicestershire & Rutland is running an event on Saturday 3rd November from 10am-3.30pm in Coleorton to showcase the technologies and explain how you may be eligible for funding through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment. The event will be held at the Beaumont Centre, Nottingham Road, Peggs Green, Coleorton, LE67 8HN.
Ashby Spa Women’s Institute and Ibstock Community College were among the groups that took part in the Woodland Trust’s ‘big plant off’ event at the Diamond Jubilee Wood at Normanton le Heath today. Teams of ten competed against each other to see who could plant the most trees in an hour. Competition was fierce and resulted in several thousand trees being planted. All the action was caught on camera by BBC’s Countryfile team, who were on site for most of the day. Later in the afternoon Countryfile presenters Julia Bradbury and John Craven joined Leicestershire Firefighters and Young Farmers, who went head to head to plant as many native trees as possible in an hour.
Carole Booth of Ashby Spa Women’s Institute said: “We’re really pleased to be here contributing to the creation of such a special woodland that’s been planted to celebrate this Diamond Jubilee year. We’ve had a fantastic time and it’s great to do something for our local community.”
Georgina and Courtney, students at Ibstock Community College, added: “It’s been really cold but it will be amazing to come back years from now and be able to say – we planted those trees!”
Further community tree planting days are scheduled for the site on 12th January and 2nd March 2013. If you are interested in attending please contact the Woodland Trust to register your interest.
If you‘ve been considering installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate electricity you‘ll be interested to hear that the Government has just published its response to the consultation on the Feed-in Tariffs for solar PV. The document sets out the Government’s final decisions on solar PV tariffs for new installations from 1 August 2012. The key changes include:
- The generation tariff will be 16p/kWh.
- The export tariff will rise from 3.2p/kWh to 4.5p/kWh.
- If a property does not meet the minimum energy efficiency requirements (D rating on EPC) then they will receive 9p/kWh.
- The tariff period will be reduced from 25 to 20 years
- A multi-installation tariff has been set at 90% of the full generation tariff. This will apply to additional installations where an organisation receives the FITs for more than 25 sites. This means that for the first 25 installations, the full FIT can be claimed, and then the 26th installation and onwards will be at the reduced rate.
Groundwork Leicester & Leicestershire will be offering a free tree planting service for local community areas across Leicestershire over the course of the year as a part of a national programme. The Big Tree Plant, a national initiative, is working to help develop urban areas across England and aims to plant 1 million trees across England over its four year duration. The service is free and open for anyone to apply.
For further information about the opportunity or to have trees planted in your area, please contact Kim Hawksworth at Groundwork Leicester & Leicestershire on 0116 2220222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep up to date with the Footprints Challenge; our latest announcements and information will be posted here.