Solar Streets - have been taken up and supported by Faringdon Town Council and through them we have got involved. A leaflet will be posted through everyone's door and a banner is to go up on the Reading Room railings - thank you to Jacqui for ok-ing this. Greener Great Coxwell don’t endorse Solar Streets but we thought the village might be interested in it. There is a Zoom Q & A session soon. We would be interested to know what parishioners think of solar panels on roofs in the village? Is there any strong opinion out there?
Sustainable heating/energy source - it has been a slow month. We are waiting for Rural Communities Energy Fund to get back to us about commissioning a feasibility study. We have been in touch with Heating Upper Heyford who are a community group looking into a very similar project to ours.
Pond at the Great Barn - Colin is doing water quality tests every two weeks. The contractor has been and sprayed the pennywort. Colin has seen newts and fish in the water and 5 species of dragonfly. Going forward the margins of the pond will be replanted. The National Trust have mown paths around the Great Barn. The long grass will be cut on the 17th September and help with raking from the parish would be appreciated.
Footpaths - Andy Cato will mow them asap.
Community Orchard - NT are looking into a potential piece of land for us.
Remembrance Garden - next to the graveyard. Anne is looking into funding for finishing off the garden working with the original plan, Maureen Turner, our vicar, and with Lindsay O'Kelly’s father, Ian Burn.
Park - the plan is to stick to mowing the wild area at end August and rake up the long cut grass. Sow yellow rattle seed into the soil. As a few of the original trees have died what would we like to replace them maybe with trees specifically for the Queen’s Canopy (a jubilee initiative)
Great Barn Festival - we have been kindly offered a 3x3 ft table at the event so we will be there.
Next meeting September 2 at 8pm 2021.
Is there a source of grants to insulate homes of those struggling to finance it themselves?
A scheme has just launched in Oxfordshire to fund 100% of the cost of insulation to retrofit homes in fuel poverty. The property needs to have an EPC rating of a D, E, F or G with a household income of under £30,000. If you don’t have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) one can be sorted. The fund is open until September 2021 (courtesy of central government) so if you know of any residents in the village (or anywhere in Oxfordshire) who might be eligible please put them in touch with the National Energy Foundation - https://www.bhbh.org.uk/grants-and-funding/. Also, you can call Better Housing Better Health on 0800 038 6030.
The free phone line is open from 9 – 5 Monday to Friday (exc. bank holidays) or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, address and phone number after which one of our advisors will give you a call. It may also be possible for a household income to be in excess of £30,000 and still eligible for funding where the household composition means that incomes are stretched amongst many dependent children. If you would like to be considered on this basis please also contact the scheme using the details above.
Funding is available for energy efficiency improvements such as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and heating system replacements through the ECO scheme. Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
This funding is available for vulnerable households. This has been defined as a household that is receiving income-related benefits, or has a low overall household income and a resident with a vulnerability to the cold. Vulnerabilities can include suffering from a long-term health condition, being in receipt of a non-means tested benefit or living in a property that has a low energy performance’.
How to switch to a green renewable energy source.
This is a simple step to take. If we all switched, then energy companies would have to generate more energy renewably to meet demand. The Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation working to address the climate emergency https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/advice/switching-your-energy-supplier/