Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Transition Town Teignmouth

Meeting to set up a Teignmouth Transition Town group Tuesday 8th September, 7.30pm at Bitton House.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Green Tractor- Green Lifestyle

Whilst I was at Stokeinteignhead for the shop opening , along came Hugh on his lovingly restored antique tractor. Only this is tractor isn't for show, it's a working machine on Hugh's small holding. I have been distributing free energy saving lightbulbs via post offices and village halls in the rural ares and delivering them in the urban areas, I gave a box to the shop to give out to customers, then offered a pack to Hugh. "Energy saving lightbulbs Hugh, they'll save you money and help save the planet" I said, to which Hugh replied he didn't want them - he didn't use eclectic! In fact he hasn't got gas or mains water, now that is sustainable living.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Village Shop Re-opens

It was wonderful on Saturday to be invited to Stokeinteignhead. In 2008 Stokeinteignhead saw its village shop shut its doors after the closure of the post office. On Saturday to much fanfare and rejoicing the shop reopened - owned and run by the villagers themselves. The youngest and the oldest residentsof the village along with MP Richard Younger-Ross cut the ribbon. Over half the population of the village are now shareholders. £7000 has been raised in the village through loans following a public meeting in May attended by over 200 villagers. Brian Cooke and other committee members were extremely generous in thanking me, in reality the real heros are the committee and villagers themselves. See http://cllrdavidcox.blogspot.com/2008/11/stokeinteignhead-community-shop.html

Saturday, 8 August 2009

MUSE - hometown gig

A chance meeting with MUSE lead singer Matt Bellamy by Terry Falc√£o (one of my councillor colleagues), last year has led to the band agreeing to do a hometown gig, to take place on the Den (a grass area by the seafront of their home town of Teignmouth). The rock trio, renowned for their spectacular live shows, are set to hold two concerts on the Den in September. Major concert promoter SJM Concerts Ltd has applied to Teignbridge Council for the premises licence for the two nights, for up to 15,000 people. The concerts will take place before Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard embark on a 10-week tour of America and Europe. Concerns have been raised by police over traffic and noise levels. However I believe we can thrash out matters so the group can perform work from their new album, ‘The Resistance’. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.