Electric Car Day

Stretton Climate Care are holding an Electric Car day at 10.00 on Satuday, 15th September.
For more details go to http://strettonclimatecare.org.uk/events/

Exciting times in Newtown

Newtown has a long history of commercial and social innovation from being the birth place of social reformer Robert Owen to being home of Pryce Jones and the first catalogue store.

Today the town is once again in pioneering mode with two major collaborations underway.  Perhaps the most obvious is the transfer of 130 acres of land in to a new community land trust. Open Newtown  is taking on the riverside parks being transferred out from Powys County Council and green spaces from the Welsh Government. Inspired by the community, incentivised by the Town Council and brought to fruition by Cwm Harry Land Trust the new social enterprise has secured around £1.6 million (from Big Lottery, Town Council etc.) and will be investing it in enriching the natural assets of the town. Based on those natural assets it is investing in partnerships to optimise how the towns community benefits. Cultivate Coop will be leading on developing local food opportunities. A new Activities partnership is being brought together to open up the river for canoeing, support the development of cycling etc. Renewable energy opportunities are being taken forward in tandem with Sharenergy Coop and a with the news that a new £1.5 million foot and cycling bridge is to go in there is the momentum to also draw up a sustainable travel plan for the town.
Elsewhere in town the three stalwart recycling enterprises – Phoenix Furniture, Cae Post and Cwm Harry – are coming together on a major new project. Under the banner of Circular Economy Newtown they are investing in workshops that take unwanted materials and turn them in to new items, teaching new skills and creating new opportunities along the way. Workshops are already planned for bikes (with Bike to the Future CIC), wood (with Phoenix), plastics (with Cae Post) and turning food waste in to new food (with Cultivate Coop). With its new workshop ‘hub’ adjacent to Newtown College there is opportunity to engage in offering more formal education and skills. ln coming to Newtown are major investments in a brand new Household Waste recycling Centre and brand new Waste Transfer Station. All these pieces of the jigsaw will go a long way to sustaining Powys as the leader in Wales when it comes to reuse and repair.

From Mike Membery