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Village Shop Fresh Food

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Where ever the proposed village shop needs to be, it does need to be large enough to provide the range of goods that we need and at reasonable prices. The combined shop and post office at Winsley is a good example.

I am concerned that there should always be a range of fresh vegetables available. There is a danger that because there is not much profit on fresh produce this part of the produce for sale will be neglected and disappointed shoppers will just go to Bradford On Avon. 

One of the great things about supermarkets are that it is unusual to not to be able to buy what you need, whatever the time of day. And often, whatever the time of day there are usually bargains.

Posted on 17 Dec 2007 by Geoff Edwards

Sustrans Lotto Bid and the Eden Project

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Whilst I felt that the Eden Project would, no doubt have been able to make use of the funds to further the development of the most  important centre in the World for the preservation of the environment (my opinion!) I also liked the  Sustrans Connect 2 project. Why not money for both folks, £50 million is only 83 pence each!

Tim Smits' Eden website has sent an email message to its supporters: Eden Message from Director Yes, we really do need a means to get from A to B without risking being mown down by traffic. Money well spent, provided Sustrans can manage it. Tim Smit is a financial genius and the money would not have been wasted. I hope that Sustrans will be able make efficient use of the money.

Posted on 14 Dec 2007 by Geoff Edwards

Freshford Mill Ypres Rose Selling the Development

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Quite remarkable news Ypres Rose has put the development up for sale at:  Land4Developers Strange but this link no longer works -one has to subscribe to view the details of the sale.

 

Posted on 25 Nov 2007 by Geoff Edwards

Sustainable development in Freshford Somerset England and Freshford Co. Kilkenny Ireland

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Anyone interested in the village of Freshford in England and also in Ireland who is concerned with our ability to sustain our present ability to live, and our children to thrive, into the future should be interested in this document. The conclusions are reprinted below.

I believe that Freshford Parish Council England has statistics that can be compared to those collected in Freshford Co. Kilkenny. I have mislaid my document with the summaries of the UK Freshford survey, but, I believe that there is a remarkable similarity.

The researchers from the University of Limerick chose Freshford Co. Kilkenny a small village typical of many in Ireland as such villages had been left out of national sustainable development research to date (in Ireland, and probably here). I suspect that the situdation in Ireland is similar to that in England.  And likewise the probable effects on sustainability not only in Ireland but also in England are to be noted.

The question is what can we do?

The research document can be accessed here:

EXAMINING MATERIAL FLOWS IN FRESHFORD,

CONCLUSIONS (from that research)
The current trends of personal transport in the small settlement of Freshford indicate unsustainable patterns of resource use are facilitating the residents’ requirements. Contributing factors include the
location of services such as employment, shopping and recreational services and the transport modes with which these services are accessed. The implications of these findings, especially if mirrored in
other small settlements nationwide, represent a challenge for policymakers to combat the unsustainable patterns of personal transport emerging from small settlements like Freshford.

The title of the research:

EXAMINING MATERIAL FLOWS IN FRESHFORD, CO. KILKENNY: AN ANALYSIS OF HOUSEHOLD TRANSPORT CONSUMPTION
Pauline Ryan, Bernadette O’Regan and Richard Moles


ABSTRACT
This research proposes to advance the pursuit of sustainable development in small Irish settlements by means of exploring the link between materials consumption and sustainability in a small settlement setting. This initiative will facilitate a pattern of development and  esource use promoting positive effects on our current supply of natural capital. Natural capital, defined as stocks of natural assets, facilitates our materials consumption, and a criterion for sustainability is now deemed to be non-declining natural capital, thus enabling material flows to be maintained indefinitely (Hinterberger et al. 1997, p2;
Bartelmus 1999, p159). The consumption component of personal transport has been accounted for in Freshford, Co. Kilkenny. Ecological footprint (EF) analysis was applied as a tool to indicate the sustainability of current transport patterns within the settlement. The results have indicated that reliance on the private car to facilitate the majority of journeys is the primary contributing factor to unsustainable transport patterns in the settlement.

When I have more time I will provide my views on this research and its relationship to Freshford in the UK. In the mean time apart from reviewing Irish research one might care to enjoy traditional Irish music at a neighbouring village pub: The Fox and Badger in Wellow, Somerset, BA2 8QG.

Irish music is on every Sunday night, and the food is very good and reasonably priced.

Posted on 19 Nov 2007 by Geoff Edwards

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