Planning and Transport - with Lewis Goldwater
The Planning and Transport Working Group intends to focus on bringing sustainable transport infrastructure to Kington and the surrounding area by showing that we can use clean, quiet and low carbon methods to transport ourselves, move our products and purchase our goods. We seek to encourage the use of new technology such as low emission vehicles and IT and to promote low technology solutions where these offer genuine benefits to the local economy and environment. We also seek to ensure that Kington has more energy-efficient, affordable housing and facilities for leisure and recreation. Our projects will seek to improve the local, historic features which make Kington distinctive and also to improve and protect the landscape in the surrounding area.
Waste – Reduce, Re-use and Recycle - with Richie Cotterill
The Waste Working Group is already involved in a range of projects such as organising litter KLEEN-Ups, plastic bag reduction, promoting a community composting facility at the new Allotments and recycling. We intend to develop new projects including the promotion of a strategy for trade waste, co-ordinating a campaign against over-packaging and unnecessary waste, bringing together creative thinkers, artists and practical people to create new solutions to our wasteful practices, involving students in local waste research projects, building a pleasant seating area and recycling information notice board in a suitable location, exploring the possibilities of developing Kington’s sewerage system as a low-energy eco-friendly reed/willow bed scheme to replace/supplement the current high energy old-style filter bed and eventually setting up a Kington Sustainability Centre with a Zero Waste Manager. KLEEN: Tough on Litter, Tough on the Causes of Litter!
Education and Health - with Martin Fitton
The Education and Health Group will explore how Kington’s schools can become a more central community resource to benefit both the school and everyone in Kington. The Group seeks to expand the Eco-Schools initiative, encourage participation in the Food for Life initiative and other sustainable projects such as Kington Primary School’s Eco-Committee litter projects. We hope to sustain outside school hours learning and establish KLEEN for Kids. Projects will provide both practical skills to students, parents and members of the wider community including our own courses to develop craft, repair and re-use skills and to promote energy saving projects. We also seek to aid learning about healthier life styles through an increase in grow your own, enjoyable local eating and walking and cycling.
Communication and Awareness Raising - with Rob MacCurrach
If KLEEN is to be effective then promoting our activities to everyone in Kington is essential. KLEEN meets as an enthusiastic group once a month at the Oxford Arms. We need to spread out and multiply and that means we need both ideas and action to raise KLEEN's profile to engage, educate, empower and involve everyone in Kington. The Communication and Awareness Raising Working Group aims to inform everyone about KLEEN’s activities and to stimulate interest within the community for KLEEN’s work. Our initial projects will involve film shows and discussion evenings using sustainability as the basic message.