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Fears over soaring energy costs reduce light pollution, Star Count suggests

Fears over soaring energy costs reduce light pollution, Star Count suggests

Tuesday 17 May 2022

A significant reduction in severe light pollution levels, first recorded during lockdown last year, has continued, according to the results of a nationwide star count. Despite lockdown being well and truly behind us, there does not appear to have been a corresponding increase in light levels from outdoor and street lighting. The ‘lockdown legacy’ of […] Read more >

Shades of Green

Shades of Green

Tuesday 17 May 2022

From Gordon Ridgewell… “A short walk around the village on a lovely spring afternoon took me by the cattle grazing in the water meadows near the River Cam. “It’s just amazing how many shades of green are showing. This gives me more pleasure than jetting off to some Greek island and lying on a scorched beach […] Read more >

M25-A12 junction upgrade wins consent

M25-A12 junction upgrade wins consent

Tuesday 17 May 2022

Final approval of plans to revamp the junction of the M25 and A12 has been confirmed. The scheme to upgrade junction 28 of the orbital motorway (you might know it better as the Brook Street roundabout) had effectively been put on hold for assessment of its environmental impact, notably the cumulative effect of greenhouse-gas emissions. […] Read more >

Every cloud has a silver lining (usually!)

Every cloud has a silver lining (usually!)

Saturday 14 May 2022

A lovely image from photographer Gordon Ridgewell… but the back story is less enchanting… “The storm clouds gather over the mill and the water meadows are waiting but still no rain. It has been very dry over this part of Essex and the crops in the fields are beginning to show the lack of water. Read more >

Lower Thames Crossing: what might be the final consultation begins tomorrow

Lower Thames Crossing: what might be the final consultation begins tomorrow

Wednesday 11 May 2022

Lower Thames Crossing. Consultations. We’ve been here before, right? Well, yes, the build-up to the potential building of the new road does seem to have been around a long time, but the next consultation is, we suspect, likely to be the last before National Highways resubmits its plans. The Local Refinement Consultation begins tomorrow (Thursday, […] Read more >

Can an entire village be decarbonised? Trial scheme at Littlebury might give us the answer

Can an entire village be decarbonised? Trial scheme at Littlebury might give us the answer

Thursday 5 May 2022

Littlebury’s favourite son, Gordon Ridgewell, sends us the following tale from the village, where a pilot energy scheme is being trialled… What would be needed to decarbonise a whole village? This is the question it is hoped will be answered by a project taking place in Littlebury. Littlebury Parish Council has been asked by Essex […] Read more >

Petition: change the housing methodology that’s costing us greenfield land

Petition: change the housing methodology that’s costing us greenfield land

Wednesday 4 May 2022

There can’t be many of us who are unaware of the government’s ‘standard methodology’ that is artificially inflating the numbers of houses to be built on greenfield sites. Many local authorities are being forced to remove protection from large areas of countryside when in truth there is no need. In response, a petition has been […] Read more >

Essex Way: join Saturday’s walk from Mistley Towers to Harwich

Essex Way: join Saturday’s walk from Mistley Towers to Harwich

Thursday 28 April 2022

The 50th-anniversary celebrations of the Essex Way continue on Saturday (April 30) with a walk led by the Essex Area Ramblers. It will take the route between Mistley Towers and Harwich, with the group meeting at the towers at 10.15am for a 10.30am start. For more details, visit the Essex Area Ramblers website.   Read more >

Fifty years of the Essex Way and the celebrations have started… here are two walks for you to join

Fifty years of the Essex Way and the celebrations have started… here are two walks for you to join

Monday 25 April 2022

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Essex Way and, as the group behind the formation of the 81-mile walk, we are keen to play a big part in the celebrations. The Essex Way was conceived via a competition funded by CPRE in 1972. The route was proposed by pupils at Chelmsford Technical High […] Read more >

All About Solar: your chance to join free event tackling a contentious subject

All About Solar: your chance to join free event tackling a contentious subject

Wednesday 20 April 2022

It’s one of the countryside issues of our time: the spread of solar farms across our landscape. The subject is brought into focus tomorrow (Thursday, April 21) in a webinar entitled All About Solar, during which CPRE Essex’s own Richard Haynes will be speaking on the impact of solar farms on landscape and heritage setting. […] Read more >