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Friday, 23 December 2011

Solar PV update from Don


Dear All,

Just a quick note based on an article in the Independent on the 18th of December "The sun hasn't yet set on domestic solar energy".

The FIT has been reduced to 21p/kWhr and this obviously reduces the return on PV but is it still attractive?

Prices for PV installations have dropped massively over the last 18 months to the level that, before the change to the FIT, you could purchase a 4 kWp system for under £10k.

I spoke to one of the local installers and he said that he would be selling a 4kWp system for £8k in the new year.

If you have not yet taken the plunge and have a suitable south facing roof and can obtain this price level, the rough figures, based on results to date, work out at:

Annual income FIT 4000 kWh* £0.21 = £840
Annual income deemed export 2000kWh * £0.031 = £62
Total Annual Income = £902

So based on a capital cost of £8000 (If achievable), the return on investment is over 11% and the simplified payback under 9 years.

If you bear in mind that this is tax free, linked to RPI and guaranteed for 25 years its not to be sniffed at.

A system like this will also offset more than 2T/year of CO2 emissions and contribute a little bit towards controlling global warming.

Parish wide, we now have 12 installations that I know of with a combined capacity of 46kWp offsetting 25T/year of CO2. Our work on the Parish Hall helped lead to the new installation you will have seen on Welland Village Hall.

Merry Christmas

Don

Friday, 9 December 2011

Worcestershire County Council setting broadband targets


Another County Council has set out its broadband plan with the objective of 'faster broadband for all by 2015'. The three keys aims are:
  • 90% of businesses in Worcestershire to have the ability to access Superfast Broadband by 2015
  • Everyone in the county to have access to broadband speeds of at least 2 Mbps
  • Superfast broadband available for 90% of the County by 2015.
"Through the BOLD Programme we are working to deliver the substantial savings required. Investment in the provision of Broadband, however, is a good example of how the organisation is making use of resources to plan for the future. We will, of course, look to access available funding and investment to help us achieve the vision of faster Broadband for all by 2015.

We will also continue to use digital technology to make improvements, facilitate savings and streamline our own services whilst focusing on the needs of the people of Worcestershire."
Cllr David Thain, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Transformation and Change
The council cabinet has given an indicative allocation of £8.5 million towards this goal, and assuming the plans are approved by the BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK) they will gain access to the £3.3m of BDUK funding, funding of £400,000 from the Green Infrastructure Fund and £300,000 from sustainable transport funding is available too.
It is interesting to see a council drawing on transport and green funding, which may be a recognition that good broadband can help to reduce the amount of travel people need to make. The County has a population of around 550,000, of which some 220,000 live in Worcester, Redditch and Kidderminster, where either Openreach FTTC or Virgin Media cable is widely available and Ofcom stats show the county has superfast broadband available to 59%. This means with the current level of funding it works out at around £100 per property, or £200 if operators were to match fund.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Historic Buildings in Castlemorton

Where was this?



Did you know there are 17 listed buildings in Castlemorton?
View the complete list here: 


Friday, 25 November 2011

Government to back larger-scale projects to meet local housing needs


The Government has signalled it wants to encourage new, larger scale housing developments which could involve expansions of a few hundred dwellings, urban extensions or new ‘market towns’ with up to 10,000 new homes.
Ministers plan to publish a prospectus shortly inviting councils and communities to identify opportunities for “locally planned large scale development, which will take advantage of streamlined planning processes, giving communities a stronger say and developers greater certainty”.
This initiative was highlighted in the Government’s housing strategy, just published. This promised that viable schemes that were sustainable and had strong local support would be given financial assistance to get the work going, and would be prioritised for future infrastructure spending. The administration has announced there will be a competition to encourage new thinking in this area.
“We are keen to see innovative approaches and a wide range of models and partnerships come forward, responding to local challenges. We will publish a prospectus setting out more detail of our proposed approach – what the Government is looking for from developers and local communities, and what we can offer in return – in 2012,” stated the document
The strategy also made it clear that the administration is keen to promote the use of tools such as Local Development Orders to help to streamline planning and reduce the risks and delay in securing planning approval for new residential development.
The Government has reiterated that it wants to encourage action on stalled development by allowing developers to require local authorities to reconsider those S106 agreements agreed in more prosperous market conditions prior to April 2010.
The Government said it would consult on this proposal shortly. “We will ensure that any resulting appeals are dealt with promptly by the Planning Inspectorate, to give certainty to both developers and local communities. The Government will also encourage a flexible approach to planning obligations, to safeguard against substantial and unexpected change in market conditions.”
Housing Minister Grant Shapps said the Government’s strategy was designed to see the provision of 200,000 new homes a year.  ref :- The Planning Portal

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

NEW BUDAPEST CAFE ORCESTRA

Friday 9th December 2011

CASTLEMORTON PARISH HALL


CASTLEMORTON COMMONERS ASSOCIATION
TICKETS
£9.50 - FROM 
01684 833297 - 01684833477
DOORS OPEN 7.00PM - 8.00PM START
BAR - BEER - WINE - FUN

Friday, 28 October 2011

Solar subsidies to be cut by more than half | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Solar subsidies to be cut by more than half | Environment | guardian.co.uk: "Solar subsidies will be dramatically cut by more than half, according to government documents that were prematurely published online and quickly taken down.

The cut will almost double the payback period for householders, the document revealed, meaning someone installing £10-12,000 solar panels will only be in credit after 18 years rather than the current 10.

The official announcement on the slashing of the feed-in tariff rate paid to householders is not expected until next week, according to tweets from the climate change minister, Greg Barker, but the document revealed the rate will be cut from 43.3p per kilowatt hour of solar electricity to just 21p.

"

'via Blog this'

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Environmental Forum:- Sustainable Herefordshire Week.

Sustainable Herefordshire week is from the 15th to 23rd of October and includes a number of events which are quite local and interesting such as the opportunity to see the PV on St Michaels Church Ledbury or Colwall Apple Day both on the 15th.
70 events on many different subjects over the week.


http://www.herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk/

Friday, 23 September 2011

CONSULTATION ON SOUTH WORC'S DEVELOPMENT PLAN

YES THIS WILL AFFECT YOU!


The South Worcestershire Development Plan is currently at a consultation stage and we welcome your views and suggestions about its content. Starting on Monday 26th Sept and ending Friday 18th Nov we encourage you to take the opportunity to influence the outcome and contribute to delivering a long term Plan for South Worcestershire.

COMING TO A FIELD NEAR YOU, THIS IS MALVERN VALE!

INSPIRING, IMAGINATIVE, ECO FRIENDLY HOUSES?

NO MEAN SPIRITED ILL DESIGNED FORMULA HOUSING UNITS 

IS THIS 'SUSTAINABLE' DEVELOPMENT?  (JF opinion!)

The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) is visiting local communities from Monday, 26th September 2011 to Friday, 18th November 2011 to gain your views and to allow you the opportunity to help shape the future of South Worcestershire.
The consultation roadshow events will be visiting towns and villages right across South Worcestershire covering places such as Tenbury Wells in the North-west to Broadway in the South-east.
Meet the Planners… You can meet our planning officers in person to discuss the proposals at anyone of our roadshows. The roadshows will also include an exhibition giving detailed view of the South Worcestershire Development Plan proposals, including maps of proposed development sites.  
We need your help to spread the word… Tell your friends, neighbours, work colleagues and relatives about these events and help us to ensure as many people and communities as possible have their say on the future of South Worcestershire.
Roadshow details are shown below:
SEPTEMBER EVENTS:
  • Hanley Swan – Monday 26 September – Village Hall, 2pm – 8pm
  • Pershore – Tuesday 27 September – Town Hall, 2pm – 8pm (also covers villages: Eckington, Cropthorne, Defford, Elmley Castle) 
  • Rushwick – Wednesday 28 September – Village Hall, 2pm – 8pm  
  • Upton upon Severn – Thursday 29 September – Memorial Hall, 2pm – 8pm  

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Castlemorton Gardening Club 2011/12

This season's programme is:
15th September, Growing Vegetables: Getting the best from your efforts, Marion Stainton
20th October, Garden Tools, Ann and John Guest
17th November, The Winter Garden, Geraldine Williams
8th December, Christmas Get Together
19th January, Gardens of France: Bagatelle and Giverny, Duncan Coombs
16th February, Design and the Garden, Paul Hervey-Brooks
15th March, Plants for the Season, Paul Green
19th April, The Versatile World of Salvias, Leila Jackson
17th May AGM and New Garden-Worthy Plants, Bob Brown
21st June, Garden visit/party
19th July, Birds in your Garden, John Clews

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Deadline for Planning Reform Consultation 17th October 2011

The discussion documents can be found here:



http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/planningpolicy/planningpolicyframework/


We urge all interested folk to review these complex but essential documents as the outcome will profoundly affect you and the environment for the future.

Monday, 29 August 2011

The Proposed Planning Reforms will affect YOU!

To find out how, listen again to the excellent programme:-

Planning debate on Radio 4
Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme, You & Yours, debate the planning reforms. Minister Gregg Clarke, CPRE Chief Executive Shaun Spiers and John Stewart from the Home Builders Federation contribute.

Listen again
BBC Radio 4: You & Yours, 23 August 2011 

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Friday, 29 July 2011

The Plume and Feathers

The Plume and Feathers has applied for a new license.

MUSIC AND DANCING


Mon - Thursday 10 am - 12 midnight.
Friday - Saturday 10am - 1am
Sunday 10am - 11.30pm




SALE OF ALCOHOL



Mon - Thursday 10 am - 12 midnight.
Friday - Saturday 10am - 1am
Sunday 10am - 12 midnight.




  1. 'Premises (to include the beer garden) to be licensed for live music, recorded music and the performance of dance'.
  2. The proposed hours are for both amplified and un amplified music indoors and out, except outdoor performances would finish one hour earlier.
  3. Hours for Christmas Eve, Day and New Years Eve, Day will be 10am - 1.00 am
  4. Hours for music and dancing (as compared to the sale of alcohol) start at 11.00am.
  5. The premises would be open to the public for a further half hour after the times stated - presumably for drinking and exit.
  6. The application also states that outside events are mainly seasonal from April to September.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Big Chill Update


Big Chill Update



From the organizers to the Parish Council
Dear Councillor

I wanted to let you know that we are now onsite and the build for the Big Chill Festival 2011 has commenced. As previously mentioned in the letter I sent out in May the festival this year is being held from Wednesday 3rd – Monday 8th August 2011.


COMPLAINTS AND NOISE
Should you or anyone in your Parish have a complaint about noise or any other issue, the complaints hotline number is where this needs to be registered. The telephone number is 01531 630 230 and is currently operational from 8am – 8pm every day. This will become a 24 hour hotline from 8am Wednesday 3rd August to 6pm on Monday 8th August.

If the answer machine comes straight on this will be because another call is in progress so please leave a message and we will call you straight back. Noise levels are regulated and monitored by our onsite acoustic consultants and Environmental Health at Herefordshire Council.


THE PREMISE LICENCE
Under the Premise Licence Number PR01471 issued by Herefordshire Council on the 26th May it states that music can be played at the following times;

Day
Time
Thursday 4th August
12.00 – 00:00
Friday 5th August
00:00 – 05:00 and 09:00* – 00:00
Saturday 6th August
00:00 – 05:00 and 09:00* – 00:00
Sunday 7th August
00:00 – 05:00 and 09:00* – 00:00
Monday 8th August
00:00 – 03:00

* From 09.00 – 12.00 the music will be limited to the kids area
In addition there will be some sound checks on Thursday evening between 17.30hrs – 19.30hrs.


FOOTPATH CLOSURES
The following Public Footpaths have been temporarily closed to ensure no danger to the public is caused during the build of the festival. The Orders came into force on 11th July 2011, and the footpaths will all re-open on Friday 12th August

  • The Public Footpath from County Road on the A438 across Eastnor Park.

  • The Public Footpath from the A449 opposite Barton Farm

  • The Public Footpath at Keepers Lodge

  • The Public Footpath from the A449 opposite Lower Mitchell Farm (SO Grid Ref 726 388 400) to its junction with Netherton Farm


TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDERS
The following orders have been granted by Herefordshire Council’s Highway Department;

·         A temporary Speed Limit of 20mph will be applied on the A449 from the county boundary for 250m past the Purple Gate entrance from Wednesday 3rd August at 06.00hrs until Monday 8th August at 18.00hrs.

·         A temporary Speed Limit of 30mph will be applied 250m either side of Red Gate (Massington Farm). This will come in to effect from Wednesday 3rd August 2011 at 06.00hrs to Monday 8th August 2011 at 18.00hrs.

·         A temporary speed limit of 30mph will be applied from Woodside until you leave Eastnor village – in the normal 50mph speed limit. This will take effect from Wednesday 3rd August 2011 at 06.00 to Monday 8th August 2010 at 18.00hrs
·         There will be temporary traffic lights at Purple Gate on Monday 8th August 2011 from 06.00 until 18.00. These will operate on a 3 way basis, to allow traffic to exit the site – turning right only back to Little Malvern.

·         There will be a temporary ‘no right turn’ applied to Purple Gate from the Ledbury direction into the site from Wednesday 3rd August 2011 at 06.00 to Monday 8th August 2011 at 18.00.


GATE MAP
The designated gates and routes that will be used for the festival are as follows:



TRESPASS / LOOTING / LOCAL BURGLARY / VANDALISM / SECURITY / UNAUTHORISED CAMPING
If someone should trespass on your land, then please call the Police. While we are not able to prevent people from accessing the public highways or keep them onsite, we will again have an on site supermarket and a variety of stalls onsite, which will be advertised both in advance publicity and on site. I hope that these measures will deter people from wandering in the surrounding area.


OTHER MATTERS
If you have any other matters you wish to raise please write to me, my address is Festival Republic Ltd, 35 Bow Street, London WC2E 7AU.
                                  
Kind regards

Melvin Benn, Premises Licence Holder, Big Chill Festival 201

 
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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Electricity from the Sun at Castlemorton Parish Hall


Castlemorton Parish Council and Parish Hall Trust have just completed their project to install a photovoltaic system on the Parish Hall.

22 Ying Li 235w panels have been installed on the south facing parish hall roof.


The panels use sunlight to produce DC electricity at over 300V which is connected to an SMA SB5000TL inverter which converts the DC electricity to 240V AC and synchronises it with the grid.




The electricity generated is metered and connected into the hall electricity distribution board with the excess being exported to the National Grid.

A display in the hall shows the amount of electricity being generated at any time, the amount generated since starting and the amount of CO2 emissions which have been avoided due to the system.


The project is expected to generate 4000kWh per year thus decreasing CO2 emissions by 2.2 T/year and producing an income to the Parish Hall of £1600 per year.

The objectives of the project are:
  • To make a contribution to help decrease global warming.
  • To increase awareness of global warming and encourage local residents to take up this practical and financially attractive technology.
  • To help secure the future of the village hall as a community hub by allowing charges to be kept low.

The project was grant financed by the Rural Development Programme for England’s LEADER scheme and The Big Lottery’s Community Sustainable Energy Programme.

The installation was carried out by Greenearth Energy of Pontrilas. 

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Castlemorton Open Gardens 2011


Tour some of Castlemorton's loveliest gardens. Showing at their best, at the best time of the year. All proceeds to St Gregory's Church. Buy a passport/map at St Gregory's church or where you see the (P) sign. Wonder round and enjoy a 'Cottage Tea' where you see (CT) sign.
Reference these numbers to your map
Passports, ( P) Cottage teas, (Ct) Toilet, (T) Gardening books, (G) Cake stall, (Ca )
These Gardens are Open and have the following facilities.

  1. WR13 6BQ.     St. Gregory's Church for Passports, Floral display,and a cup of tea.
  2. WR136BQ The Old Vicarage. A 19th c. country vicarage, large garden, two ponds, and several rose gardens.
  3. WR136BQ Glebe Cottage. A 17th c. timber framed farm house. Extensive front flower beds and vegetable garden . SUNDAY only. [ T ]
  4. WR136BE The Old Alms House. Originally a 14 th c. truck house, extended in 17th c.with alterations spanning 400 years. Large lawns, many trees, ponds and soft fruit cage. 
  5. WR136BS Bannut Tree House. Designed by Voysey, late 19th c. very extensive ornamental gardens on several levels . [ Ct , T, Ca ]
  6. WR136JD Grove Farm. A mid 19th. c. farmhouse, with extensive well laid out gardens 
  7. WR136AA Summercombe.Originally a 'commoners' cottage built in 1812, a varied garden including castles, fishpond, fun for children. [ Gp, P ]
    WR136AA Millpond Cottage. A thatched timber framed cottage below the mill pond.Cottage teas only. Everyone welcome though this is not a 'Passport' garden'.
  8. WR136LE Spring Bank Cottage.A 'Commoners' cottage at the north end of the village, with an extensive decorative garden and raised vegetable beds. [Ct, G, ]
  9. WR136LG Cidermill Cottage. A 'Commoners' cottage, the small garden space is used to great effect

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

BIG CHILL FESTIVAL 2011


CASTLEMORTON RESIDENTS CAN APPLY FOR NEIGHBOURS' TICKETS AT A REDUCED RATE.  

 Download an application form here:-


Breif notes:-


All applications must be accompanied by a contribution of £30 per ticket for all tickets required where the person is 13 years and over 
Please a cheque or Postal Order payable to Castlemorton Village Hall.

Children aged 12 and under must be included on your application but will not be required to pay a donation.
The money raised from the donations will be used for Community Projects for the benefit of the residents of Castlemorton.

All applications need to be accompanied by a Stamped Self Addressed envelope which will be used to inform you in mid July of the outcome of your application. (Sorry, but no SAE = no tickets). Please include a telephone number so that if there is a problem with your application we can contact you. Unfortunately if you cannot be contacted, we will have to reject your application.

Once you have completed the application form please send it to: Castlemorton Village Hall, Church Road, Castlemorton, WR13 6BE and be received no later than Monday 20th June 2011.

      You will be informed if your application has been successful.



_______________See conditions and the full information here:- 











I thought it would be helpful to update you on the preparations for the Big Chill Festival this year, which will take place in the Deer Park, Eastnor from Wednesday 3rd – Monday 8th August 2011.

TIMES OF OPENING
This year, the festival will open to the public from 14.00 on Wednesday 3rd August for customers that have purchased an Early Bird Ticket, and then from 8am Thursday 4th August for standard ticket holders until Monday 8th August 2011. The main entertainment will take place on Friday 5th August, Saturday 6th August and Sunday 7th August 2011. It will also be possible for the public to purchase day tickets for these days.

NOISE AND HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT
If you have a complaint about noise or any other issue, you should call the complaints hotline number to register your complaint. The telephone company cannot guarantee this number at this stage and so I will include this within the July letter. The telephone line will be manned by Big Chill Republic staff, and copies of all call logs are made available to Herefordshire Council. Noise levels are regulated and monitored by our onsite acoustic consultants and Environmental Health Officers at Herefordshire Council.

Live Music can be played:

Day 
Time 
Thursday 4th August 
12.00 – 00:00
Friday 5th August 
00:00 – 05:00 and 09:00* – 00:00
Saturday 6th August 
00:00 – 05:00 and 09:00* – 00:00
Sunday 7th August 
00:00 – 05:00 and 09:00* – 00:00
Monday 8th August 
00:00 – 03:00


(Note:- this means that there will be Music till 5.00am in the mornings)   JBF*

 
* From 09.00 – 12.00 the music will be limited to the kids area
In addition there will be some sound checks on the Wednesday evening between 18.00 – 20.00.

 
TRAFFIC
The car parks for Early Bird tickets will open at 14.00 on Wednesday 3rd August. This year I have decided to sell an Early Bird Ticket to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads on the Thursday which will hopefully cause less disturbance to residents. 
 
We anticipate the peak arrival time will be midday on Thursday (but this is difficult to predict and is affected by the weather etc). Last year 99% of festival goers had left the site by 15.00 on the Monday.

 
Bus Drop Off / Shuttle Service
We will again be offering a free shuttle service to and from the site for the public who arrive at Great Malvern station. In addition this year, we will have a shopping bus operating during the day to and from the site to Ledbury. This is to discourage people from taking their cars off site should they wish to go to town for supplies, to give business to the local town and also to provide transport for anyone that arrives by train into Ledbury (and to prevent people from walking on the main roads to the site).

Traffic Routes To Site
We have been working closely with Herefordshire Council, Worcestershire Council, Gloucestershire Council and West Mercia Police to work out the routes to site – these will be very similar to last year, and I will give you full details of these in my letter to you in July. In summary, traffic will access the site using the following gates:

Parking
We will have space for many more cars on site than we are expecting, and so do not anticipate festival goers abandoning their cars around the local area.

Traffic Regulation Orders
We have applied for the following Orders, and I will update you on these when I write again in July.

 
a) Temporary Speed Limit – on A449 at 'Purple' Gate

We have applied for a 30mph reducing to a 20mph speed limit to be applied from the county boundary for a distance of 250m past the Purple Gate entrance. We have requested that this will take affect from Wednesday 3rd August 2011 at 06.00 until Monday 8th August 2011 at 18.00.

 
b) Temporary Speed Limit – on A449 at 'Red' Gate
We have applied for a 30mph speed limit to be applied 250m either side of Red Gate (Massington Farm). We have requested for this to take effect from Wednesday 3rd August 2011 at 06.00am to Monday 8th August 2011 at 18.00.

 
c) Temporary Speed Limit – on A438 through Eastnor Village
We have applied for a 30mph speed limit to be applied from Woodside until leaving Eastnor village – in the normal 50mph speed limit. We have requested for this to take effect from Wednesday 3rd August 2011 at 06.00 to Monday 8th August 2010 at 18.00.

 
d) Temporary Traffic Light permit
We have applied for the use of traffic lights at Purple Gate on Monday 8th August 2011 from 06.00 until 18.00. These would operate on a 3 way basis, to allow traffic to exit the site – turning right only back to Little Malvern.

 
e) No Right Turn
We have applied for a no right turn to be applied to Purple Gate from the Ledbury direction into the site to take effect from Wednesday 3rd August 2011 at 06.00am to Monday 8th August 2011 at 18.00. 

 
FOOTPATH CLOSURES
We have again applied to Herefordshire Council to temporary close the footpaths that cross the festival site during the build until the clear up for health and safety reasons. I will updated you on this again in July.

 
TRESPASS / LOOTING / LOCAL BURGLARY / VANDALISM / SECURITY / UNAUTHORISED CAMPING
If someone should trespass on your land, then please call the Police. While we are not able to prevent people from accessing the public highways or keep them onsite, we will again have an on site supermarket and a variety of stalls onsite, which will be advertised both in advance publicity and on site. I hope that these measures will deter people from wandering in the surrounding area.
 
RESIDENTS MEETINGS
After the festival, I will be holding a meeting for local residents for their feed back on how they feel the festival went, improvements that could be made etc. I will provide you with further details of this in due course.
 
CONTACT DETAILS / FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have any specific questions which are not covered here, please contact Claudia Langmead  write to Festival Republic Ltd, 35 Bow Street, London WC2E 7AU

I will write to you again in July with the hotline telephone number in addition to updating you with any other information.

Kind regards
Melvin Benn, Premises Licence Holder, Big Chill Festival 2011

Saturday, 7 May 2011

CASTLEMORTON PARISH COUNCIL: District Council Election results 2011

CASTLEMORTON PARISH COUNCIL: District Council Election results 2011

District Council Election results 2011

Morton Ward  Turnout57% 
   Ballot papers956 
Candidates2    
Seats1Cousins Roger JamesLiberal Democrat517ELECTED
  Watkins David Conservative 429