Leighton-Linslade Low Carbon Town

Leighton Linslade Low Carbon Town is a partnership between Leighton-Linslade Christian Ecology Group and South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth. The aim is to raise awareness, and get more people involved and make Leighton-Linslade a low carbon town. The low carbon town covers five areas, energy, sustainable transport, reducing waste, supporting local food and other local businesses and increasing the biodiversity of the town and celebrating our greenspaces.

So far there have been five public meetings, with speakers from the RSPB on renewable energy, Tring Community Energy, Neil Witney on the government’s plans to cut carbon (chaired by Andrew Selous), Bill Dunster on zero carbon / zero bills housing, and Renewable Energy Systems on battery storage and the smart grid. We have also had a talk on farming from local farmers, and more recently, a talk on transport and air pollution with Andrew Selous and speakers from the Campaign for Better Transport and from National Friends of the Earth.

As a result of this initiative, Community Energy Leighton-Linslade has been set up and is looking for sites for its first renewable energy project.

Information can be shared via the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/117912642220331/?multi_permalinks=155406961804232%2C155285088483086&notif_id=1522056789310024&notif_t=group_activity&ref=notif and a website [need link.]. The successes have been a successful campaign to support the grant of planning permission for the second wind turbine near Heath and Reach; 250 individual local letters were written in support of the turbine.

It looks likely that a planning application will go in soon for zero carbon houses on land at Central Bedfordshire College.