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Monday, 19 March 2007 13:41

Sustrans Routes

There are some exciting proposals from Sustrans, which would really make a difference to those of us who find the hills around Bath too much of a challenge for cycling!

dave gill with the queen 20062006 saw CPRE celebrate its 80th birthday.

One of the celebratory events was a reception in November at St James' Palace hosted by the Queen who is CPRE's patron.

The North Somerset District committee was well represented at the event by Dave and Gill Gray our joint secretaries and air transport expert Noel Brailsford. The photo shows Dave and Gill Gray caught on camera as presentations were being made to Her Majesty (photo courtesy of Paul Burns Photography/CPRE). Featured on the right hand side is Sir Nigel Thompson, CPRE's Chairman, in conversation with Her Majesty.

The English Cocktail Menu, selected to emphasise CPRE's campaign for local foods, included mini Cumberland sausages and Somerset cheese. A presentation was made to Her Majesty of three items symbolising aspects of CPRE's work: a photograph of the CPRE rambler rose "Rural England" produced to celebrate the 80th birthday; a copy of CPRE's new book "A Portrait of England" and a bouquet of English autumn fruits and foliage.

It was a good opportunity to compare notes with members from other branches, and hear, for example, that the Yorkshire Branch, which includes the Pennines, is 100 miles across which makes organisation of meetings quite difficult! It helped to meet staff from the National Office and put faces to several of the voices with whom we frequently speak on the phone.

Following the Queen's departure from the reception those attending were able to circulate through the State Apartments at St James' and admire the many beautiful furnishings and interesting pictures. It was a privilege to have been invited to such a prestigious occasion.

NSC sent BIA a strong message at a full council meeting on February 20th about significant concerns it has regarding their recently released Master Plan for expansion:

"...the absence of a viable and sustainable surface access strategy..."
"... the need for an independent environmental and biodiversity impact assessment..."
" ...answer anticipated growth in noise and other pollution issues"
"...the need for an independent assessment into the economic cost/benefit impact on local and regional businesses..."
"...call for full consideration of the Stern Report relating to climate change effects of an expanded airport..."
"...We particularly note the apparent contradictions of expanding Bristol International Airport whilst calling for reductions in emissions from Bristol industry in order to attain Government targets..."

Read more on the Stop Bristol Airport Expansion website »

Thursday, 01 March 2007 13:43

Website launched!

Welcome to the brand-new CPRE Avonside website!

Many thanks to everyone involved in creating it and filling it with interesting information.

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