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How our actions change the world.

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In the UK, most people are concerned about climate change, but it’s also easy to feel that one’s personal actions make no difference. I sympathise with this, but also disagree.  If we can combine our personal actions with the political it’s enormously powerful. It’s also good for our mental health and physical wellbeing. Over Christmas, […]

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A new woodland park for Chesterton?

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Trees are very much in the news at the moment. National Tree Week is running until 1 December this year and is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. The Tree Council and Woodland Trust are hoping to plant a million trees across the UK during this event, with the support of individuals, schools and community […]

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Can you help develop a fair Local Transport Plan?

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Earlier this year the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) published their draft Local Transport Plan (LTP). Our analysis of this plan showed that it would fail to deliver anything close to zero transport emissions by 2050. Independent analysis by the Cambridge University Science & Policy Exchange (CUSPE) of transport emissions scenarios for the CPCA […]

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Ugrading EPC F&G rented homes

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The majority of homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are rented rather than owned. Their occupants often get frustrated because they feel they feel powerless to improve their home’s energy efficiency and nervous about asking landlords to improve things. However this is about to change. There is a little known regulation that sets a Minimum Energy […]

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CNC Response to the Combined Authority Local Transport Plan

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The Local Transport Plan (LTP) 2019 from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA)  is the latest in a series of LTPs for the region. Reducing congestion and improving commuting remain the focus and it pays no more than lip service to the challenge of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from transport. Were it to […]

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Environmental Credentials of the Combined Authority and Greater Cambridge Partnership

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The future framework of transportation within Cambridgeshire could be decided by two events taking place before year end. The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) local transport plan (LTP) went out for consultation in June and is accepting comments up until September 27, 2019. Implementing the LTP is important to the CPCA in order that […]

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A Plan for getting to Net Zero.

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Despite widespread local concerns, targets imposed by Whitehall mean that 33,500 new homes have to be built in Greater Cambridge (ie South Cambs and Cambridge City) by 2031.  There was infuriatingly little democratic accountability in setting this target, but we do have a real opportunity to influence the sort of homes that get built. This […]

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Decarbonising the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan

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In summer 2019 Greater Cambridge is currently in the early stages of developing a new Greater Cambridge Local Plan, identifying the issues and options to be considered, before the first formal public consultation in Autumn 2019. This process is important, because the Local Plan will guide development for around a decade, and it sets the […]