- No 'New Runways' campaign as Government announces support for Heathrow expansion (the latest from AEF)
In October 2016 the Government officially announced its support for a
new Heathrow runway on the advice of the Airports Commission in 2015.
- AEF (Aviation Environment Federation) responded the same day to set out the reasons for its opposition to the project - the Government will consult on the NPS (National Policy Statement) in the New Year and it could be put to a vote as early as next summer essentially locking in the decision to expand. For further information check: www.aef.org.uk
- Several Legal challenges by local authorities and campaign groups are meanwhile in the pipeline
- Important choices remain- not least on the environmental quality; to keep within the Paris climate agreement to limit temperature rise to below 2 degrees; concentrated flight paths; loss of green belt land ; general increase of aviation noise; the air pollution research; the Government's strategy for delivering cleaner air has yet again been found by the Courts to be deficient. The High Court ruled in October 2016 that the Government had failed to take adequate measures to meet the legal requirements and estimates for compliance dates based on over-optimistic modelling of pollution levels.
For national aviation news check out www.airportwatch.org.uk
- Our Green Belt: worth investing in - much wildlife depends on the Green Belt; Farming is a way of life round our homes; the Green Belt is a great place for free recreation. The new report can be downloaded from www.cpre.org.uk/ourgreenbelt . Ministerial decisions and written statements have made it clear that housing shortfalls do not amount to the 'exceptional circumstances' needed to allow development in the Green Belt. Some recent planning appeals have protected our landscapes - others have undermined them. It is proving as challenging as ever to protect our 'Berkshire countryside'.
Latest Onshore Wind Guidance (for responding to planning applications)
- CPRE Berkshire Branch AGM - will be held on Friday 23rd June - Emma Bridgewater will be the speaker.
It is hoped hold the AGM at Englefield House in the Long Gallery.
- Historical Luncheon - date to be agreed in November at Goring & Streatley Golf Club
This is a very popular venue by members & guests.
Count the Stars - please help us to promote the initiative! We will be partnering with National Astronomy Week.
CPRE Annual Star Count Week Wed. 26th February to Sat. 8th March 2014 (you need to choose a clear night)
The annual event this year will take place on Wednesday 26th February to Saturday 8 March 2014, and all Berkshire Schools and adults are invited to participate in counting the number of starts they can see (with the naked eye) within the constellation of Orion the Hunter - please contact the Branch Office for more details - Tel: 0118 930 6756 or visit the website to see the illustration at www.cpre.org.uk Count the Stars and enter your count on www.cpre.org.uk/starcount.
Star Count Week 2013 revealed that only 5% said they could see more than 30 stars in Orion - which indicates severe light pollution.
The proposed development was: Erection of a wind turbine up to 35m tip-height above existing ground level for a period of 25 years and erection of an anemometry mast of up to 35m in height for a period of 18 months.
The Inspector concluded that the harm this scheme would cause on this part of the landscape of the AONB would be sufficiently substantial to clearly outweigh the benefits it would bring. The proposal is unacceptable.