One of SCAN's main campaigns for 2008 is local transport. We have formed a coalition with other local groups and together have developed a community transport vision in response to Swindon Borough Council's '2030 - A Vision for Transport' document.
Read more about our Community Vision for Transport.
October 2008 meeting
SCAN was very pleased to welcome at its October meeting Councillor Peter Greenhalgh, (Freshbrook & Grange Park, Conservative) Swindon Borough Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport & Strategic Planning. In this role he is effectively in charge of transport policy in Swindon and in that capacity he has recently been on a fact-finding visit to the Netherlands. At the meeting, he shared some of his thoughts about the Dutch transport system and his ideas for future transport policy in Swindon. For some of the discussion he was supported by Cllr Rod Bluh, leader of SBC who also came to the meeting alongside about 45 other interested people. Watch the video and read the write-up of this meeting
Ken's trip to Plymouth
SCAN founder memeber Ken Trennery will be celebrating the extension of free bus travel for the over-60s by making a journey to Plymouth - by regular service bus. Ken is keen to promote the use of public transport:
"Being a BMW pensioner I can't say I'm anti-car. My theme is to use the car less: walk or use public transport when possible"
By using the Traveline website (http://www.traveline.org.uk
) he found that it was possible to travel the distance in a little over 9 hours, via Trowbridge, Wells, Taunton and Exeter. He is planning to travel down on 3rd April and return a few days later via Bristol. This will cost him nothing in fares with his new bus pass and his journey will have a minimal carbon footprint as he will be using regular service bus routes and will not be adding to traffic congestion. Ken added: "It's an excellent scheme if you are not in a hurry!"
Save the Train. Pledge your support for an appropriate TransWilts train service. Sign up here.
Local Food Campaign
Food makes up one of the biggest proportion of individual's total emissions. This is partly due to food miles, the emissions involved in getting the food from the field to your fridge.
SCAN has produced a Local Food Directory and is currently trying to expand this directory. There is a lot of scope for anyone interested in developing the Local Food Campaign. Please get in touch if you are interested.
Other local campaigns and campaign groups
Useful links for and about climate campaigns and groups in Swindon and the surrounding area
- List of current Early Day Motions for MPs to sign
- Greenpeace climate change campaign web site
- Friends of the Earth (UK) climate change web site
- Stop Climate Chaos - an umbrella group for lots of organistions and campaign groups concerned with climate change.
- Rising Tide - a grassroots network of local groups campaigning against climate change.