Present: P Cooke, C Marriott, B Auton, D Ratcliff, S Lyne Apologies none
Schools ‘Academisation’ 6 schools creating academy group Boldmere , Holland House, Minworth , New Oscott, Penner.
P Cooke has still not heard back from Mrs Walcott of Boldmere school & is having difficulty getting information.
On a national scale 6996 new academies were created in 2017 now reach a total of 146 667. This results from the flagship government policy with financial incentives – ultimately aimed at being available for commercial “buy-outs” in the future.
6000 are expected in the next two years.
We note that local council expenditures are “lost “ when schools moved to academy status.
Walmley & Minworth, Sutton Council by-election:
We continue to await a reply to our letter about an adjudication anomaly over postal votes. The delay is due to continuing electoral administration demands on staff. Several postal votes had been invalidated due to DOB/date of signing of form confusion. CM following up. A marked register has been requested.
UK Council elections May 2019
Green councillors were elected in Cannock & Solihull, which is of particular interest as SC members have previously been involved there.
West Midlands candidates: Ellie Chowns, Paul Woodhead, Julian Dean, Kefentse Dennis, Helen Heathfield, Diana Toynbee & Louis Stephen. 7 seats available, voting by ranking, count by d’Hondt percentage system PR ( England, Scotland, Wales)
The Green Party has been looking for funding.No info’ on campaign yet.
It was agreed that it is too late for Sutton to take active part locally. It was felt difficult to raise this issue on the Nextdoor Internet forum. Tom Pratt has circularised us that a hustings for candidates will be held on Wed 15 May 7pm Priory Rooms, the Quaker Centre in B’ham.
Of current Green MEPs, M Scott Cato standing; Keith Taylor standing down.
Climate Extinction Rebellion
Andrew Mitchell’s “green conservative” stance in his “From the House” space in the SC Observer provoked dissent at the meeting. BA is to draft a rebuttal for consideration. [Subsequent to meeting, P C has had a prompt retort published in the Sutton Observer.]
Walmley Minworth litter pick
It is proposed to do a litter-pick using council equipment. Photos of the pick will be taken and what’s found with Green logo displayed. BA to check with Birmingham for kit. Sunday 19 May possible.
Sutton Park policy
It has not yet been possible to formulate a Sutton Greens policy but ECO Sutton have drawn up a confidential policy. SL to circulate. It was noted that Amey is involved in maintenance work in the Park. Discussion on which assets may be considered for transfer from city to Sutton remains unclear.
Current policy is to wait for Bham city proposals , anything else creates problems. A fund-raising Disco is to be held. Friends group have wildflower seeds: seeding not yet carried out. Brief discussion on idea of a children’s play area on the green .Different views on necessity to “use” green space.
New Green Party membership
Agreed to draw up list of research projects that might attract students to get involved. A litter-pick with a banner at rush-hours was mooted. Streetly
Methodist Open Day Sept 2019
SL is to confirm the date. ECO Sutton is having a stand. Sutton Greens could consider the option.
Youth & Community Centre at Reddicap Heath continues to wallow in need of refurbishment. Sutton Council could assist though it is uncertain
if it is in B’ham City ownership. The question could be asked at council meeting.
Langley housing development
Revised proposals have been offered for consultation at the following venues: Harvest Fields Wed’ 15 may 2-7:30 and Th. 16 May 4-8:30 Falcon Lodge 21 May 5:20-7:00; Walmley Club 23 May 5:30 -7:30.
ECO Sutton is pushing for solar panels, district heat using Minworth sewage plant gas.
Other discussion on suggestion for new developments proposed in the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife by Chris Packham – bird boxes, ponds & green spaces.
Amnesty International have adopted a strategy of support for environment as well as environmentalists & human rights defenders – likely to be constrained by major budget problems. Climate Change: ECO Sutton have produce an edited version of a paper for individual action. SL is to circulate this when ready.
DR had visited a Danish recycling area ( at Vejle ). There were 28 categories of material for collection also a compost self-collection point ( material from composted green waste). Polystyrene foam is collected (noted that it will not be in use from 2020 on).
Wales is ahead of England in recycling rates, motivated by lack of ground fill sites.
Roughly & Trinity wards meeting Town Hall Thur 9 May 2019: No member from the wards was present to assent to attend.
ECO Sutton activity
Newhall Mill Open Day Sunday 12 May. Social media: Twitter account now active. Their Facebook has had password problems, the account to be deleted & replaced. New site: Ecosutton 2 Campaigns
Langley & Peddimore, pushing idea of a ‘garden city’
Sutton Town centre, in consultation (Tony and J Heywood) • Red Rose Centre ( Sutton library ) subject of planning for redevelopment. Questions of eventual ownership & profit. • Eco Sutton is meeting with A Mitchell about Sutton Planning.
Water station in pubs ( noted that there exists a statutory duty for pubs to provide water). EcoSutton is to pursue the “Refill” scheme.
Community interest company (CIC). Formed to help with fuel poverty issues for Witton, Castle Vale,
Solihull and Sutton.
Air Pollution: Applying for £10K grant to get portable monitor kit. Noted that we have been unable to get background figures from
crematorium pollution monitoring site.
Vulnerable persons register:
Heat and Electricity ,ECO Sutton is drawing up a register to enable utility companies to assist when there are extended power/gas cuts.
Cooperative campaigns with others
Noted that FOE & Greenpeace groups are not interested in cooperative campaigns.
Discussion on increased health hazards associated with increased power microwave for 5G & lack of independent safety evaluation to date. SL/CM to check info’ available. More large tower aerials have been seen. [Subsequently explained in SC Observer tat these towers are not for 5G]
A film about the issue did feature David Icke – to the consternation of some.]
Birmingham Bio-region group some time ago were in contact with CM. He will pass contact info’ to Oxford Bio-region Group.
BA /DR to A Mitchell: He has said he now favours a no-agreement drop-out of EU for UK. And that a second vote may cause civil unrest.
PC has sent a strongly-worded letter to Andrew Mitchell opposing the UK government policy of private for-profit education being foisted on developing countries.
The EU is to direct a quarter of its expenditure to environment.
Meeting closed at 10pm
Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 19 June 2019, 7-30 pm at the Hill Allotments Social Club off Dugdale Crescent B75
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