First things first


Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Progress Report, September

Following on from the ‘Hard Rain’ photographic presentation by Mark Edwards, this is a progress report on the Transition Westcombe subgroups.


Energy Subgroup.

Contact Edward Hill to be on this email list:

Next meeting:  To be announced

Progress: The Energy Subgroup has met to discuss ways in which we can influence the planning policy of Greenwich Council.  We are looking at using a planning provision already pioneered by another council to stipulate that 10% of any house refurbishment should be spent on ‘green’ measures such as insulation. Also we are looking to use Local Development Orders to allow the installation of solar thermal panels on the front roof slopes of houses in a Conservation Area. We have met with Peter Savage, the council officer who is the Greener Greenwich Co-ordinator, and he is organizing for us to meet with the relevant officers to discuss the technicalities.  After that we have been promised a meeting with Councillor Alex Grant, the Chair of Planning.

The energy sub-group is also co-ordinating a joint meeting with the Westcombe Society at which eco-auditor Donnachadh McCarthy will talk on refurbishing older properties.   This meeting will be in late October or November.


Food Subgroup. 

Contact Zoe Davis to be on this email list:

Next meeting:   To be announced

Progress:  Positive contacts with Network Rail about the use of waste ground by Westcombe Park Station.  The mapping of fruit trees in the area has also been undertaken, with the distribution of fruit to commuters.


Inner Transition Subgroup.

Contact Andy Chapman to be on the email list:

Next meeting: Friday 25th  September, Mycenae House Bar. 7.30pm


Transition Street.   A group has formed out of Inner Transition to back street projects in Foyle Road. In support of the Guardian-backed 10:10  initiative, this small group of friends and neighbours in Foyle Road will commit to a 10% reduction in energy, car and water use by 2010.  Each house notes down their current reading for gas & electric & water meters, plus car mileage, and then measures them, meeting monthly to discuss methods and see progress. We have set up a Yahoo Group called  ‘Foyle Road (Transition Westcombe)’ as a street community forum. This can be fun to do, and can lead on to other street projects such as sharing cars to the supermarket or a ‘Big Lunch’ next July. If you have already got a group going in your street, want help with setting one up,  or want to be kept informed then contact

Next meeting Friday 25th September, Mycenae House Bar. 7.30pm

Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of every Month. From 6.30 to 8pm at the bar in Mycenae House.  Come and discuss your ideas