23 November 2019
A big thank you to all the volunteer litter-pickers who braved the rain (and missed a certain rugby match!) on Saturday, 26th October. Well done, Duffield!
We collected bags and bags of litter from all around the village, most of it plastic, and most of that was non-recyclable (packaging, wrappers, etc.)
We also had a display of some of the worst single-use plastic “offenders”, and of lots of alternatives to them, such as bamboo toothbrushes, beeswax food covers and re-usable drinks cups. Many of these were donated by “Sue’s Sustainables” in Belper, and some are also available from “Refills on the Road” at local markets and events.
A big thank you, too, to my colleagues of the Plastic Free Duffield Steering Group, which organised the event. We are busy working on the other objectives we need to meet in order to gain Plastic Free Community status. One of these is to persuade local businesses to remove single-use plastic items from their activities. The Town Street Tap was the first business to become a Plastic Free Champion in Duffield (in October 2018), and we are planning to give four more awards very soon. Watch this space!
If you are involved in a local business which would like to be considered for this award, get in touch with Dave.
Plastic Free Communities is a national campaign organised by Surfers Against Sewage, and was started in Duffield by Dave and the Green Party, but is now a non-party political campaign.
All the Duffield schools are working towards Plastic Free School status, and we need as many community groups, sports clubs and churches as possible to be involved, too, so do get in touch.
I have met with several officers at Amber Valley Borough Council, and have been pushing the council to be as strong as possible in taking action to reduce Climate Change. The council has voted to set up a Climate Change Working Group; I am one of its members, and recently attended its inaugural meeting; a great chance to further influence the council’s actions.
I continue to work with the school on monitoring the implementation of its Travel Plan, which should reduce the number of car journeys associated with the school. We also plan to work with students to help them measure air pollution outside the school gates.
Several people have contacted me about inconsiderate parking near Duffield schools. I have met with schools and had long conversations with Derbyshire County Council, but could I also ask that, if you must use your cars to take your children to and from school, please be considerate of local residents and of the safety of children.
My next councillor surgery is at The Weston Centre, December 14th, 12-12.45pm. Please drop in to talk about any local issues.
(Photo shows Dave and some of his Steering Group colleagues with alternatives to single-use plastic at the litter pick)
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