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County council to boost green travel in Winchester


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Published in the Hampshire Chronicle

GREEN travel schemes in Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover are set for a multi-million pound cash boost.

Improved facilities for cyclists, bus and train passengers are all central to Hampshire County Council’s successful bid for £4.1m of Government cash.

Among the initiatives to be developed is installation of electric vehicle charging points in off-street car parks, smartphone apps offering real time bus information and more cycle parking at schools and places of employment.

The cash comes from the Department of Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund aimed at boosting the economy while reducing carbon emissions. Hampshire was one of 39 schemes to win funding in the first round of cash awards.

Councillor Mel Kendal, executive member for environment and transport said “This is excellent news for Hampshire. Promoting economic growth without compromising the quality of life of residents or the unique character of Hampshire is a top priority of the county council.

“This funding will enable us to establish sustainable transport projects and initiatives in a number of towns to ensure that Hampshire residents benefit from the government-funded capital investment.”

Hampshire’s bid included six towns. The others are Aldershot, Farnborough and Fleet.

Havant youngsters shine in solar challenge event

FUN Children at the challenge

By Jeff Travis
Published in the Portsmouth News – Monday 27th June 2011

SCHOOLCHILDREN became shining examples of how to care for the planet when they designed solar-powered vehicles.

Children from across schools in Havant got creative and used recycled materials to make a moving vehicle with a solar cell.

Staunton Country Park hosted the Havant heat of the Hampshire Solar Challenge and taking part were Hart Plain Junior School. Riders Junior School, Emsworth Primary School, St James’ Church of England Primary School and Bidbury Junior School.

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FOE 40 Years on - A Celebration in pictures

Friends of the Earth International, the world’s largest global grassroots federation of environmental groups, today marked 40 years of ‘mobilisation, resistance and transformation’. The group was founded in 1971 in Roslagen, Sweden, by environmental activists from France, Sweden, the UK and the US who saw the need for an organisation that would address wider environmental and social issues. Today, the federation boasts 76 member groups and more than 2 million individual members and supporters around the world

Click Here to see the photo collection on the FOE website