Rye Neighbourhood Plan

Hi Everyone, If you’re a diligent reader of Transition Rye stuff you’ll have noted that we mention the Neighbourhood Plan from time to time, in a generally positive way, but not much has happened! It now seems that’s about to change.

Firstly this is important to Transition because it creates an official strategy for the town which has the democratic mandate of the community. So things that are in the plan should more forward more smoothly, and things which are not are likely to be sidelined.

The plan will specifically address planning issues. That’s enough in itself for us to be interested, because it could help us earmark locations for renewable energy, or an orchard, and establish balanced guidelines for what energy efficiency modifications are acceptable in older houses. And the plan could be broader than that, including things like sustainable transport.

So it makes very clear sense for Transition Rye to be involved.

What’s happening now?
1. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have been busy, and there is now a website with a lot of information you might like to look at – see www.ryeneighbourhoodplan.org.uk. If you have any comments please pass them back to Sandy Rodger, or if you like go direct to Anthony Kimber.

2. There is an official launch of the plan on 17th October, 7pm at Rye College. It would be great to have a good turnout of Transition supporters!

3. One of the five working groups is “Environment.” Nigel Jennings, one of our Transition Steering Group, is already acting as mentor for that group. We anticipate providing further resources to join and support that group. If any of you are interested in helping with this, please let us know so that we can spread the work between us.

By the way if you look at the website item on the Environment working group, click on some of the links there and you’ll already see Transition material has been cross-referenced. That’s good to see, but it makes a more particular point – the plan really will depend on us to drive high-quality content on the environmental aspects. If we don’t do it, it won’t happen!

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