Our regular venue Cafe Koba is now closed on Wednesday evenings so we are seeking a new place. The Feb meeting will be at the Craft Beer pub:
Next Group Meeting will be Wednesday 12th February 2014, 7pm at The Craft Beer Co. 22-23 North Street. Click here for a map.
We’ll update you once we have found a new regular venue and details of upcoming meetings are posted on the Group Meetings page.
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BHFoE had a stall at Seedy Sunday on the 2nd of February. The Brighton Corn Exchange’s hall was packed with exhibitors and visitors, so we attracted much interest for our current campaigns -as much as we had for our stall at the library which we kept going for a few weekdays.
We got 59 new cards signed to keep the momentum going for the Bee Cause.
Seedy Sunday 2014
11 cards were signed for councillors to oppose fracking (‘F is a dirty word’ campaign); this is good given that the card is only relevant to people living outside Brighton, as we are already ‘frack-free’. Then we collected 5 letters opposing exploratory drilling for gas/oil in the National Park at Fernhurst.
Some people took information away with them, so they may help/object online at home too. Many of our leaflets concerning energy issues went very quickly, as did those concerning bees.
So we can call this a success, and make sure we return next year! Thanks to all who helped.
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There are two applications for planning permission in West Sussex. Both from Celtique and both for exploratory drilling on pieces of land they have already rented and have got government licenses. This is the precursor to setting up a fracking operation which could be on site for between 15 and 20 years.
One is at Wisborough Green North of the A272 and West of the A24. The other is at Fernhurst North of Midhurst and East of A3. This one is actually INSIDE the South Downs National Park.
The planning application to the SDNP planning dept will be heard this month. Please go to this link and fill in your name etc. This is our national park, we own it, we paid for it – the objections do not have to be from local residents. DEADLINE JAN 22ND.
www.frackfreefernhurst.com. Tab on top ‘submit an objection’ or visit the Application Summary page on the South Downs website.
Wisborough Green site Dec’13
Fernhurst SDNP site Dec ’13
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BHFOE recently complained to The Argus about its reporting of the Council’s decision on extending the 20mph speed limits across more areas in Brighton & Hove. To its credit, The Argus published our letter in full, however, the editor, Michael Beard said the following underneath: In response to Chris Todd, we carried out an extensive vox pop in Portland Road to gather views of residents and found the response was against it. our reporter contacted Mr Todd as soon as he was able to. Mr Todd is always welcome to contact The Argus if he wishes to make a point. In addition, the fact that someone advertises in The Argus has no bearing whatsoever on the editorial judgment of the paper.
In response to Michael Beard, The Argus said that it spoke to 100 people in Portland Road, 43 of whom supported 20mph. In terms of balance, we therefore felt that at least one, if not two, of the four vox pops quoted should have been supportive of 20mph, not all four against it. This is not sour grapes, not least because we supported Portland Road being 30mph out of concern for the impact on the bus services. However, we are concerned at the content and quality of the articles appearing on transport in The Argus. More recently, there has been as article about how free parking has helped boost trade in the city. Yet it contained absolutely no evidence to support this, other than anecdotal. The most likely reason for shop owners having a good two weeks’ trade is the upturn in the economy and the fact that it’s only a few weeks to Christmas.
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Letter from BHFOE to Brighton and Hove Transport Planning in support of improving Dyke Road for pedestrians and cyclists – click below to read the full letter:
BHFOE Dyke Road Response
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Please sign FoE’s Make it Better campaign online petition for fair trade tea and other products.
Right now we have a chance to make all the products that make us feel good, good for people and planet too. Politicians want to establish a new law by April 2014 that would force companies to reveal all.
Together we can turn it into the Make It Better Law - one that shines a spotlight on the harmful effects of the products we love. Whether it’s horse meat in burgers or shockingly low wages for tea pickers – we want to make our products better.
Sign the petition here>
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