Carbon Calculator

In our Downloads section - a Carbon Calculator, to help you work out your nasty CO2 emissions! There's also a single sheet version for use at events.

 Get Legal

A free online reference and decision-making tool for charities, social enterprises and co-operative organisations, has now been launched. Get Legal has been developed by NCVO, with support from Bates, Wells and Braithwaite Solicitors, to enable organisations and their advisors to access clear information and guidance on the most appropriate legal forms for delivering their goals. See

King Street Energy - gas storage and brine pipes

There are concerns being raised about the pipelines, due to run between the King Street (SE Northwich) site and the Mersey estuary. They'll be carrying seawater one way, saltier seawater back.

One complaint we've heard is their proximity to Cuddington Brook, Crowton. Although rejected, the  applicant is appealing as of 20th January 2009. Comments made previously will be carried forward. Changes to those comments, their withdrawal, or further comments, needed to be submitted by 3rd March 2009 to the Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN, quoting appeal reference APP/ZO645 A/08/2093465. (Any queries to Jon Sutcliffe, 01244 973135, plancontrol[at] Have a look at the low-definition maps in our Downloads section, see the 40MB high definition map on
For the planning application, with documents, see
The applications for the 58km pipeline and the construction of 10 underground storage cavities had been refused locally, but the Secretary of State, following an appeal by the company, has ruled that the national need for gas storage outweighs other considerations. 


Groundwork is working on a community project at Dane Nurseries, a council site left derelict for 15 years. Called 'Grozone', it's progressing as a welcoming green oasis for the community. It's providing activities to benefit health and wellbeing such as food growing and outdoor exercise, with possibilities for including a healthy food cafe, meeting space and new wildlife habitats.
Volunteers are meeting on Saturdays and Wednesdays, 10am - 3pm, to work on the site.
More details in our Downloads section, and at

Ocean Acidification Paper

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme has produced “Ocean Acidification, summary for policymakers”, following a symposium last year. It details what is know of ocean acidificatioin – its history and causes (increasing emissions of CO2), and the effects on wildlife, human livelihoods and other ecosystems if it continues to get worse. See the IGBP website.

Your EU Representatives for the North West

Robert Atkins 
Europarl website

Sajjad Karim 
Europarl website

Jacqueline Foster Europarl website

Arlene McCarthy 
Europarl website
Brian Simpson Europarl website


Paul Nuttall">
Liberal Democrats

Chris Davies Europarl website

Nick Griffin (website unknown)

Recycling Newsletter

In Cheshire West and Chester's Sept '12 bulletin:

·          New collection calendars are being issued to Ellesmere Port, Neston and Chester homes, by post in week commencing 24th Sept. (When sent to Vale Royal residents, these arrived amongst Royal Mail delivered advertising, so were easily missed.)

·          New bins, boxes and food waste collection equipment are to be delivered to Chester residents by 7th Oct; this includes replacing the brown bins with black ones. Blue bins will be collected after the new system starts on 8th Oct.

·          Vale Royal’s recycling rate has risen to 70%; this may dip to 63% without summertime green waste.

·          The merits of recycling waste cooking oil (apart from the fact the energy content is equivalent to that used by 4 people in a day, my calculation).

·          The Waste Team and Chester's Grosvenor Museum have teamed up to deliver a drop in session about how the Romans dealt with food and food waste. Recipes, packaging, composting and sewage will be explained with ancient and modern objects and activities. Friday, 26 October between 2pm and 4pm

See the full newsletter on the CWAC website.

One Climate on Cancun
Here are some of the highlights from OneClimate's live coverage of the COP16 Climate Talks which took place in Cancun, Mexico, from 29th November - 10th Dec 2010

Men In Sheds

An Age Concern project in Hartford, keeping men active and making good use of wood. They meet Mondays to Thursdays in an industrial unit behind Age Concern's Hartford office on Chester Road, 10am - 4pm.
For details contact Dave Bostock, 01606 301897. There'll be a branch opening in Crewe on 10th January - contact Joe, its future manager, on the above Northwich number.

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