Faringdon Town Council declared a climate emergency on 11 September 2019.
A new Climate Change Working Party set up by Faringdon Town Council has started developing a
plan for how environment sustainability can be achieved.
FTC proposed to take the following actions:
- FTC will Audit current practices and improve where possible in areas like:
• energy use
– A pink pigeon sculpture designed as a bottle recycling bin will be housed at Southampton Street carpark to encourage recycling
- cleaning products
– FTC have installed 12 electric vehicle charging points in the town centre, at Southampton Street car park to support the increased shift to electric vehicles that improve air quality
– FTC are investigating the leasing of two electric cars for community use, aiming to reduce the need for second cars
- weed spray
- FTC has implemented a 20mph speed zone in the Town Centre
- FTC will invite community members to join the Climate Change Working party (see below)
- FTC will hold a public meeting to share ideas and decide how the town should act
- ‘Wilderness’, a wildlife sanctuary in the triangle of land adjacent to the Hobble, has been set up and is run successfully by volunteers. See https://www.faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk/the-wilderness/
- Supporting and funding an artistic initiative that will use recycled materials:
– benches in town are made from recycled bottles
– art initiatives will involve recycled materials where possible
“1,020 jurisdictions in 19 countries have declared a climate emergency. Populations covered by
jurisdictions that have declared a climate emergency amount to 262 million citizens, with 47 million
of these living in the United Kingdom.”
EV Charging Point Map
For the first time ever, EVs are predicted to outsell diesel cars in the UK this year, according to SMMT (one of the largest trade bodies in the UK). And whilst the cost of EVs steadily drops and public charging more widespread, ‘range anxiety’ (the fear of running out of charge on the road) still holds many people back from switching to EVs.
This data-rich and fully interactive map will help you find all the public charging stations nearest to you –https://www.autotrader.co.uk/cars/electric/charging-points/
Solar Streets comes to Faringdon
Faringdon Town Council is working with Solar Streets to bring good value solar panel’s to your home.
Solar Streets is a way of getting solar panels for your house or business at discounted prices. You can directly help in the fight against climate change, as well as helping your local community, as a donation to the Faringdon Community Fund is given on every install – £50 for a domestic installation and £100 for a commercial one. If you live in one of the surrounding villages then the Faringdon scheme is also open to you.
Your solar panels will be installed by IDDEA Ltd. Established in 2007, IDDEA have depots in Westbury in Wiltshire, and High Wycombe in Bucks, and have installed over 1,000 solar projects across the South and are committed to supporting communities to take action against climate change. They have installed Solar Streets projects in neighbouring areas including Wallingford, Henley, Chinnor, and Thame, as well as further afield in Frome, Wells, Swanage, and others.
Further details can be found here: https://solarstreets.co.uk/faringdonplus
Click here to view the launch presentation
Faringdon’s Big Green Day
Join our Climate Change Working Party
If you are interested in helping our town tackle the climate emergency, please consider joining our Climate Change Working Party. The next date for meeting is 26 July 2022 in the Jubilee Room, the Pump House. Please see the meeting notes below:
Faringdon Car Club
As part of our declaration of Climate Emergency, the Town Council are researching the idea of having a car share club in Faringdon. We want your views so we know if this is something that would benefit the community.
The car club aims to do the following:
1. Reduce the number of cars in the town, particularly under used second cars, freeing up parking. Club members do not need to own a second car, they can borrow one when required – each Car Club car displaces 18.5 private cars.
2. Give people the opportunity to borrow the car when needed rather that paying the costs of buying and maintaining a car
3. Give the opportunity to try an electric car
The service is easy to use: . After a quick sign up process, members can:
• Find a convenient car on the website
• Book online or via mobile device and app
• Use the smartcard to unlock the door
• Find the keys in the car where applicable if the car is not a start/stop button
• Use the fuel card to refill the car when needed.
Costs are as follows:
There is a one off joining fee of £25
Monthly membership is £5 (£25 for under 26 year olds)
Hire charge per hour £5 for a small car and 5p per mile for an electric vehicle
Charges include insurance, maintenance and cleaning.
Two cars could be funded using £40,000 CIL funding for three years. It is hoped they would then be self funded using membership.
Tell us what you think by completing this survey: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-t0PVrNgF0Ss97TfrCK-shq7XH0Oe5tAsVKC_wneCClUODBYOE9PVTNOQkYyU0JUWFZPRU9WN0MxSS4u&fbclid=IwAR0F2hAlYjhF0d8zF5CxkLAnExt9rgXgbQ5joXrGWr57gu9UROADmfZDZpI
More information is here: https://co-wheels.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb
Faringdon Town Council Statement
Climate Change Working Party meeting: 26 July 2022
If you would like to get involved, please email: [email protected]