Huge interest in EV charging solutions from Bender UK

There was huge interest at this month’s  Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2018  in the advanced charging options offered by Bender UK.  Creating an efficient and user-friendly network of charging stations to serve the growing number of electric vehicles is the biggest challenge to the UK Government’s vision of low carbon transport.  Bender UK is offering bespoke charging solutions to health trusts, business and commercial developments and local authorities using the Ebee charging technology developed in Germany.  One of its huge advantages is the flexibility of the system and its ability to interact and link with a variety of ‘back office’ financial solutions.

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Protest walk boosts Old Hutton power station fight

Schoolchildren, pensioners, parents and neighbours joined forces for a protest walk against new plans for a gas-fired power station at Old Hutton near Kendal in Cumbria.
More than 60 people walked the half mile route from Old Hutton Primary School to the proposed green-field site on Friday, September 21st.
Kendal MP Tim Farron and local councillors were at the start of the walk from the school just a few hundred metres downwind of the green-field site where 11-metre high chimneys will emit fumes from 11 diesel generators at the proposed plant.
The walk aimed to demonstrate the proximity of the proposed power station to the local school, and at the same time celebrate the beautiful vista of rolling ‘drumlins’ which characterise the countryside corridor between the Lake District and North Yorkshire National Parks.
In January 2018 plans for a gas-fired power station and battery storage on the green-field site were rejected by South Lakeland District Council on the grounds of the adverse visual impact and inappropriate industrial development in a rural location.
Developer Statera Energy has submitted new plans for a standalone so-called ‘peaking power station’. But campaigners say that the original objections still stand, and have voiced concerns about emissions from the plant so close to the primary school, and huge volumes of construction traffic negotiating the narrow country lanes. They also fear the development will also increase the risk of local flooding and open the way for further industrial use of the site.
Old Hutton Action Group chair Chris Nelson explains: “The new plans don’t address the key issues about inappropriate industrialisation of a rural location and visual impact. This plant will still be a blot on the landscape of green fields between two national parks.
“Other power stations of this kind have been sited on brownfield sites or within industrial zones. These proposals don’t fit with the local plan or South Lakeland District Council’s support for green energy projects. It will deliver absolutely no benefits to the local area, and the lower chimney heights will mean less effective dispersal of NOX emissions from the plant just a few hundred metres upwind from our village primary school.”
The plans are due to be considered by South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee on October 25th. More than 500 people have already objected to the plan but the campaigners want more people to make their views known by visiting the planning website and commenting on plan number SL/2018/0388, or visiting the STOP Old Hutton Power Station Facebook page.

More than 60 supporters including Old Hall Primary School pupils joined the protest walk
The walk followed the narrow lanes which will be the route for massive construction vehicles and emergency services accessing the site.

Ulverston Lantern Festival’s River of Light

It is truly heart-warming when a community event thrives the the activities of volunteers.  Ulverston’s Lantern Festival not only survived the withdrawal of the arts funding which had established it, the Festival has also grown into a true community enterprise which is now the biggest Lantern Festival of its kind in Europe.

On September 15th 2018 around 700 lanterns made from willow withy frames and tissue paper coated with pva glue will parade through the streets of the town watched by thousands of spectators.

Ulverston’s hospitality businesses – pubs, cafes, takeaways – will have their best night of the year because of the huge influx of people, and it is all for free.  True the organisers ask for donations – but a couple of pounds per person is a small price to pay for one of the biggest events of the year including a breath-taking firework display with Hoad Hill’s iconic Sir John Barrow monument as the backdrop.

If you want to see community enterprise in action – check out the Ulverston Lantern Festival or better still make a Lantern and join the procession.

Northern Tidal Power Gateway

The Northern Tidal Power Gateway is building momentum for the plan to create a causeway across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary with tidal power turbines built into these structures to generate renewable electricity equivalent to a small nuclear power station.

On top of the power gateways will be dual carriageways to link Heysham to Furness, and then Furness to Millom opening up new routes to the West Coast of Cumbria and delivering massive infrastructure benefits to the county.

The project will also see the creation of a new industrial base in the North West to supply the turbines for the tidal power gateway, delivering hundreds of high value permanent new jobs alongside the thousands of jobs created by the construction process.

Invest in South Lakeland website relaunch

The Economic Development Unit at South Lakeland District Council was seeking to relaunch its ‘Invest in South Lakeland’ website.  The team chose Trafalgar PR to work with it on the launch, creating awareness of the new website and the Unit’s services through press and social media activity.  Trafalgar PR worked in partnership with Ulverston-based social media specialist Suzanne Edgley to deliver a cost-effective 12-week programme which included identifying and developing relevant business news stories, organising a competition with a Kendal hotel, populating e-bulletins and creating content for editorial pages in the InCumbria magazine.