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ONCE THERE WAS A SILLY OLD ANT - Can Liz Truss, or any politician for that matter, put right the Conservatives tripling our national debt since 2010. Incompetent or what! Thank heavens she only lasted 44 days as PM. The famous U-turns, showed us how bad the economy has been handled in previous years. We have been borrowing money that banks did not have to lend, in terms of global warming. The planet should be what currency is index linked to. A return to real gold coins so that savings cannot be devalued overnight by politicians who talk big, with no plan to deliver.
Now, it is not Wealden or Eastbourne councils misbehaving in 2022, it is the Planning Inspectorate, pushing unsustainable housing builds that are climate unfriendly. Both local councils have been resisting large housing developments in the Conservative led brick-rush, that is fueling global warming. Being slapped with costs that the rate-payer can ill afford. These developments are not zero carbon, and there is no infrastructure to support them. Planning inspectors should demand an energy rating on new builds and EV readiness, along with proof of delivery of services, that the developers should have to pay for.
We say all new housing should be energy self sufficient and have electric vehicle charging points. Further, they should be affordable and sustainable in design, so include as much wood as possible, to lock up carbon. Affordable housing would go some way to reducing the cost of living in the present crisis, where savings have been halved in value, due to Conservative borrowing, from banks that have been lending more than the planet can afford.
PRAISE THE LORD - The $Billion dollar whale has been harpooned. We now have a chance to elect someone who has the moral gumption to reverse the fortunes of their dependents; the electorate. His bullshit has cost the UK and the climate £billions of pounds. That is the trouble with a good speaker, without any substance to back up his smooth talking. It's time to get back to basics. An equitable economy is based on honesty. A sustainable economy must be transparent. Borrowing to prop up untenable policies must stop. He must never be made a Knight of the Garter. That royal gaff may have been a bridge too far.
IS THE MOST CORRUPT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD - Drug money is funding
the building boom, as the UK allows overseas investors to purchase new builds,
built such that locals cannot afford to buy a home. You may have heard about the
lack of affordable housing.
Now dear Rishi is raiding the ordinary man's piggy bank, so that his children might not benefit from inheritance - and it only took him all his life to accumulate. Presumably, dumb & dumber studied Colonial accounting and rule. But we don't have an Empire anymore to underpin the excesses or crass policies. Bojo can't sack Rishi, cos he bankrupt the nation with his poppycock, and needs the cash from your savings for more wallpapering during lockdown. Though he's snake-charmed Her Majesty with a parliament prorogue, sufficiently that she didn't sack him. Why not? Well, at that level, without a Written Constitution and the Justice System infested with honours and secret society influence, he is above the law - because there is no law in what is effectively a police state - if you report crime and then get slammed with stalking Orders or other SLAPP action for your trouble. Especially banking of planning fraud. Then are are for it my lad! They don't want the public to know about the bigger picture. You just keep watching the BBC and ITV, for your regular whitewashed news drip feed.
With Prince Charles' charity under investigation, Prince Andrew up before the beak, and Harry & Megan having departed the sinking ship, British Citizens really need a shakeup constitutionally. There simply are not enough (competent) Royals to make important decisions - hence giving the likes of Boris the Johnson - free reign for so long. The best of a bad bunch? There has got to be better! fingers crossed then for some sunshine in 2022. Not least for the former Prince, now facing financial ruin under draconian sex legislation that finds the accused guilty, until proven innocent. (In the UK) We imagine it is extremely difficult to defend a historic allegation, where one does not normally keep records of parties and the like going back 20 years.
The Wealden district is home to one of the most kleptocratic (Nazi) councils in England. Where councils control building in their areas, they are directly responsible for global warming. They are frightened of developers, and effectively in their pockets, with party political contributions. When they should be dictating what is built and where. They are cowards, prepared to watch mass extinctions, directly in proportion to what they are allowing to be built. In our book that makes them Planet Earth Climate Criminals. Of which, Putin is the new Hitler.
Developers are allowed to blackmail the officers and the members with threats of non-development. We say that suits us fine. Don't develop - unless it is sustainable and affordable.
As councils build more polluting houses to try and dig the Conservatives out of their/our debt, they are contributing to global warming, the cause of Man Made Famine and Geographical Genocide. The Business as usual approach to local politics is killing people in far away lands. Spare a thought for them as you move into your new brick houses in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Local politicians and civil servants know what they are doing is morally indefensible, but they are driven by desperation - and the need for party political donations from property developers, and why not a bit of personal profit on the side. They don't give a fig about all the people overseas that they are in effect (allegedly) murdering. Local authorities should be building zero carbon houses that are affordable, also net zero in energy terms, incorporating carbon lock with timber construction. But they won't do that because they want higher council taxes on executive housing for their Conservative landlords to rent out - and to keep those party donations rolling in. These are your local climate criminals. Blah, blah, blah.
It is for the British Government to close this loophole in the wake of the declared Climate Emergency, or these local climate criminals will continue to profit from inappropriate development. Statute must be introduced to stamp out non-sustainable housing, factories, hospitals and schools - that will otherwise be built.
Where many councils in Britain are corrupt empire builders intent on creating wealth for their kleptocrat executives via higher council taxes from carbon unfriendly development, their past behaviour shows that they will continue to abuse their positions of trust until the law prevents them from doing so - and even then there will be planning favours.
There has never been a policing system for the planning system, nor is there transparency, where councils are covering their tracks with as much burying of information as they can. Try auditing your local authorities accounts and you will see what we mean and where is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) going to? Beats the s*#t out of us. It just seems to disappear.
FLOODING DECEMBER 2020 - Seasons best from the Lake District of Wealden, known locally as 'Little Venice.' The Council's agenda to turn this area into a water attraction appears to be working beautifully. By building brick houses as fast as they can go, they are helping to raise the temperature of the planet, so also helping desert areas such as the Sahara to increase as a sandy tourist attraction in Africa. A boon for Egypt and tourists visiting the Pyramids.
From reading Wealden's planning policy of build, build, build - it's a win, win situation. They'll be breaking out the gondolas, presumably, giving one away free to each person buying a house in this location, to help the locals make the most of their new watery environment. Eventually roads could become canals, with operatic music mandatory from local hostelries. Interestingly, this artificial lake feeds a RAMSAR site, so we hope they are taking precautions to filter out the harmful hydrocarbons from washing the underside of the cars. Oh, yes, another benefit to motorists is the free chassis wash. Though Wealden officials may start charging, once this service really gets going as another form of Community Infrastructure Levy to top up the officer's pension fund.
Thank you Wealden. What would we do without you. We are sure those benefiting from your actions in desert areas, and the polar bears in the Arctic, would also thank you.
THE BROWN CLIFFS OF HERSTMONCEUX - Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux - Housing development in the village above Lime Wood, Herstmonceux in Sussex, clearly designed by climate morons and allowed by the sheep at Parish and District council level. Sir David would not be amused as to the blight on nature, let alone Queen Victoria. To make matters worse, there appears to be a brown smelly discharge into the stream at the foot of what was a lovely little country ramble with an unspoiled stream. Now it is this insane artificial hillside! It's not Great Britain, it's a Great British Cock Up. You can read more about this at: http://shitcreek.info and on Joanna Denton's page.
REPEAT OFFENDERS - It's no wonder that Extinction Rebellion is gathering such momentum with councils all over England carrying on as if there was no crisis. The carbon footprint for Herstmonceux village has rocketed because of all the failings of the members of Wealden to tackle climate change and set a good example. Wealden's councillors have granted planning permission for hundreds of houses without solar panels or electric vehicle charging points. If this example by every town and village in the United Kingdom, then our country would be one of the worst polluters in the world on a per square kilometer basis. The councillors you voted for are partly responsible for killing hundreds of species. It makes us want to glue ourselves to something. Peacefully mind you. This village is a contender for the Greenhouse Gas award 2019.
The Wealden district encompasses some of the most beautiful countryside and sea views in the United Kingdom. There is though an acute shortage of genuinely affordable housing and the area produces a good deal of greenhouse gases leading to temperature rises that will affect many other regions on earth and raise sea levels with dire consequences.
Services in the area are below standard as may benefit the local economy, the roads in particular are potholed beyond belief and hardly able to cope with traffic flow, without any rebate in terms of Road Fund License contributions and the obvious Breach of Contract. There are very few electric vehicle charging points and no infrastructure plan for EVs making local taxes appear extortionate in relation to returns. Planning for a sustainable future is virtually non-existent. Why then are we being forced to pay so much Council Tax if all our councils are doing is adding to Global Warming? Traditional brick built houses are not the solution. timber units would create a carbon lock allied to sustainable planting of trees, by way of example. Hence, tree planting should be a priority. The solutions are simple, but they are beyond the average Councillor and Town Planner who can't see beyond their noses and wallets. We need climate action now!.
FLOP 26 - WAS NO BIG SURPRISE - The United Nations' climate summit talks are known as COP (= Conference Of the Parties). During these global discussions action for climate policy is negotiated. In 2015 they pulled off the Paris Agreement. In December 2018 the 24th climate summit took place in Katowice Poland - with little advance. In 2021 they got coal pollution a mention - but no solid targets. Before the Polish event, 50 high profile companies published an open letter to the UN calling for more action to curb climate change. So far with over twenty-six years of haggling the arctic ice is still melting faster than ever. No wonder so many high profile people and corporations are worried, but not Wealden. In this District we are still granting planning consents for houses without solar panels and electric vehicle charging points. What are this council like? It's criminal. But who elected the members. Yes, you did! So elect someone who knows about climate changing for the good of your children.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro from 1992. The UNFCCC objective is to "stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system".
GRETA THUNBERG - is a Swedish climate activist. At the COP24 climate talks in Poland, December 2018, Miss Thunberg addressed the Secretary-General of the United Nations. She received a standing ovation for one of her talks. She is behind the global school strike created to call attention to climate change. She is a rebel, with a cause. Miss Thunberg was 15 when she hit the lectern running, autistic and the newest, youngest and most powerful voice on the world stage demanding the world address global warming. If only Greta was a Wealden Councillor, we might stand a chance of cleaning up this area of the United Kingdom.
Crime in the district is a problem more for the organised nature of the police that allow councils to operate in a closed shop fashion bereft of transparency. The police themselves work the same way despite the new Crime Commissioners that are supposed to tackle white collar corruption. Corruption is unsustainable in United Nations terms and a practice that should be addressed according to SDG16.
Regional development is dependent on the quality of leadership from our Members of Parliament, the elected members of councils and on the efficiency of civil servant staff employed at great expense to plan ahead and provide all the services we need - bearing in mind the targets set to comply with the Climate Change Act 2008 and other acts designed to ensure an economy that is circular, for this otherwise delightful location.
FROSTY - [LEFT] You can't quite make them out, but in the distance are three wind turbines tucked away in the mist on this crisp winter morning. Copyright © Climate Change Trust January 30 2018.
SNOW - [RIGHT] Make the most of it, with global warming and the UK struggling to reach its targets, this scene will become very rare indeed. It did not last long, the cold snap evaporated into strong sunshine melting all of this snow before lunchtime. Pictured in the distance is the oldest electricity generating station in the United Kingdom. Copyright © Climate Change Trust February 6 2018.
ABOUT THE CLIMATE CHANGE TRUST
Our aim is to help officials to work towards a Circular Economy where they sometimes lose their way because of the day to day chores such as bin emptying, road sweeping and collecting taxes. These are important functions but housekeeping tends to cloud issues and clutter a desk that should make a space to plan for a secure future. Our job is then to help those in local and national Government to focus on the important issues of our time for that sustainable utopia. Schoolchildren all over the world stages strikes in 2018 as they lobbied their parliaments for urgent action in order to secure their future.
We are politically neutral, we just want to see policies and action plans put in place that will make the UK strong again, energy self-sufficient and with housing that is genuinely affordable for the next generation to create a safe 'Circular Economy' with food security also featuring in the mix.
The Wealden District of East Sussex is bordered by four District and Borough Councils, each with a border on the coast. From west to east they are: Lewes District Council, (Wealden District Council) Eastbourne Borough Council, Rother District Council and Hastings Borough Council. As near neighbours and with councils now sharing facilities and working together, these areas of Sussex are included in our remit to include East Sussex County Council, as the lead.
FARMING - The backbone of any society is the production of food to feed the population, though these days much of what we eat is imported from other producers, such as fish farmed in Asia, around 60% is home grown. That is a good thing because we can no longer find enough fish locally having exhausted our fisheries. Agriculture is also changing where we have drained the soil for so long with artificial fertilizers that yields will fall, meaning a shift to obtaining protein from the sea - but unfortunately we are disposing of around 8 millions tons of plastic in our seas - poisoning marine life that we need to keep us nourished. Food security is therefore high on the United Nations agenda via the Food and Agriculture Organization. This picture was taken in the summer of 2017.
The politics of the nation shape what happens locally, nationally and internationally. Political will is very important when it comes to implementing climate change policies and providing affordable housing in the quest for a Circular Economy. The political parties are answerable to the electorate, where for example, the present Conservative Government is not living up to its election promises on climate change or the delivery of affordable housing. This leaves the door open for Labour or Liberal policies to shine with a Green hue.
WHAT IS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY ?
A circular economy is one that is equitable - and for that reason sustainable. The "Circular Economy" is a United Nations objective and a European Commission target that is endorsed by most other nations around the world. The fact that we may be exiting Europe with Brexit high on the political agenda, does not diminish the duty we owe to protect the natural world from human waste. Just as importantly, we need to provide affordable housing for future generations and aim towards a society where not so many people can exploit the system for personal gain. That is not to say that businesses should not make a profit. Profits are needed for forward investment, provided that they are not the fruit of immoral earnings. Here we are talking about financial slavery and the modern poverty trap created by the renting society we have created in the United Kingdom.
We hope to show politicians that clean energy and high quality pre-fabricated housing can help them to achieve their political ambitions. We are advocates of clean transport such as electric vehicles and we want to do what we can to help politicians understand the full import of plastic packaging as it affects our future food security.
These are the important issues that we hope to bring into focus for the benefit of all the citizens of the United Kingdom so that they may continue to enjoy the Wealden landscape as much as we would like to enjoy other areas of the British countryside.
MAY 2019 - A year ago the United Kingdom declared a state of Climate Emergency. Prompted by Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn, acting after the protests by Extinction Rebellion and after Greta Thunberg paid a visit to Parliament. Wealden followed suit in July 2019, notably following the crowd like sheep, rather than leading the charge, like anti-warming bulls. Yet still house building is not sustainable in September of 2020.
POLEGATE WIND FARM - The 'Shephams Lane' wind turbines approved by the Secretary of State in 2015, that now generate clean electricity for the district and national grid thanks to a campaign by local protestors, with the foresight and determination of the developers.
MARCH 2019 CALL TO ARMS - They were school kids temporarily sacrificing their education in order to save our futures from dangerous climate change. What stars. On November 30, over 15,000 boys and girls went on strike from school in every capital city and over 20 regional centres across Australia. On March 15, they are going even bigger and inviting adults to join them in solidarity for a Global Climate Strike. We're in! Please note, that as of 2021, the British government has talked a lot, but delivered no action. In 2022, it is still the same!
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