Council continues to lead low carbon agenda | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Published Wednesday, 14th September 2016

Solar Panels, Temple Sutton, Primary school, Eastern Avenue, Southend. Picture Steve O'Connell 22-10-15

Council driven energy projects over the last eighteen months have had such an environmental impact that they have kept the equivalent of 700 cars off the road for one year.

Over 3,500 tonnes of CO2 have been saved, and provided £700,000 worth of income and savings to the council.

The CO2 savings are also equivalent to an average car being driven non-stop for nearly 16 years or the average energy needs of a house being met for 269 years.

The great success of the work is part of the council’s Low Carbon Energy and Sustainability Strategy (LCESS) that was approved in 2015, and will be discussed next week (Cabinet, 20th September – item 21).

The annual update report charts the major progress made since the strategy was approved. Since then the council has started £19m worth of energy projects, including the ongoing installation of LED street lighting across the Borough, pilot solar panel projects at Temple Sutton School and Southend Adult Community College and other energy efficiency projects on council properties.

Alongside these projects, Southend Energy was launched in May 2015, delivering average savings of £276 per household to the 5,000 now signed up to the scheme, helping to save £1.3m locally and deliver 1,200 tonnes of CO2 savings thanks to the environmental policy within the tariff.

The report also looks to the future, with the council looking for innovative opportunities to generate energy from tidal and wave power on the Pier, put more solar panelling on council buildings, and continue work on local schools using Temple Sutton as a model.  The council’s energy team are also keeping abreast of new technology and innovations and looking at ways to better manage surface water and drainage with our partners like Anglian Water.

Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, says: “This report shows that we are really leading the field in this area, and continue to seek innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions, be more energy efficient and help to save ourselves and local residents money.

“I am delighted that the council have been able to carry out so many low carbon projects including the installation of LED street lighting across the Borough and working with local schools to deliver solar energy.  There are further exciting times ahead, and the energy team continue to stay ahead of the game, ensuring they are on top of innovations as they continually come forwards.  I look forward to working up the detail on more pioneering future schemes that are good for the environment and good for both the council and local residents finances.”

Background to projects

A total of 754 solar panels have been installed on the roof of Temple Sutton School, providing 180,000kwh a year – around three quarters of the school’s electricity demand. Southend Adult Community College, meanwhile, has fitted 401 panels to their roofs, providing 90,000 kwh a year, approximately a third of demand.

The solar installations are just one part of a large investment programme in energy savings and generation at the sites, which l also includes such measures as biomass boilers, ground-source heat pumps, LED lighting, additional insulation, motor controls, heating controls and double glazed windows at the school.  It is estimated that 437 tonnes of CO2 will be saved every year from the new measures – the equivalent to 219 hot air balloons filled with CO2.

The initial £1.9m investment is being made by the Council on the school and college’s behalf.  The school and college will then use part of the energy cost savings to pay for the investment over the long term. Additional savings can then be used by the school and college to reinvest into education.

See the website for further information.

Over 1,500 young Southend cyclists now safer in the saddle | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

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More than 1,500 youngsters are now better equipped to take to Southend’s streets after taking part in FREE cycle safety training this school year.

A total of 1,635 9-11-year-olds took part in Level 2 Bikeability Training this year – a course which takes place on local streets, training participants to deal with traffic on short journeys. The uptake is an impressive rise of over 300% since the course was first introduced in 2009, when 537 pupils participated.

Sixty per cent of those who took the training this year achieved all the outcomes of their training and were awarded a formal pass certificate. Those who didn’t achieve all the outcomes will still have learnt skills that make them safer cyclists and have the opportunity to take part in summer cycling courses.

A further 84 eight-to-nine-year-olds took part in basic safe cycle training to lay the foundations of a lifetime of environmentally friendly travel that promotes health and wellbeing.

A subsequent survey of participants showed that 93% of respondents said they would recommend the course to others.

Cllr Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste & Cleansing, congratulated the young cyclists.

He said: “At a time of increasing traffic congestion, challenges around asthma and childhood obesity, the importance of teaching our town’s children how to cycle safely has never been greater.

“I’m delighted that so many young people took up the opportunity to take part in this free training, which equips them with skills to say safe on cycle paths and roads and helps grow a new passion for an activity keeps them fit, healthy and mobile.”

Bikeability is the National Standard for Cycle Training administered nationally by the Department for Transport and delivered in Southend by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

For a full report on a survey – or to find out more about Bikeability training – please visit www.cyclesouthend.co.uk or call 01702 215338.

Tweed Ride

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Sport your finest vintage or tweedy attire and join us for a leisurely jaunt about town

 

FREE EVENT

4TH SEPTEMBER 2016

 

Event is FREE but please pre-book if you require a £3.50 cream tea                                                                                                                                                                         Meet: At Belfairs Woodland Centre, leave 2pm

or £7.00 high tea by phoning 01702 215595 or emailing cyclesouthend@southend.gov.uk                                                                                                                            or from Priory Park approx 2.30pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Finish: Southchurch Park, approx 3.15pm

 

For more details check out our website www.cyclesouthend.co.uk

Saddle up for a safer cycling summer! | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council‏

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Sign up for this summer’s cycling courses to help you keep safe on the road.

Cycle Southend is offering training to suit all ages and skills over the forthcoming school holidays.

The courses range from those for beginners to Bikeability level 3 – designed for those up to 14 years old who are planning to ride to school.

Learn to Ride sessions

These are suitable for all ages from four years old. Book one-to-one training with an accredited instructor and if you haven’t got a bike you can hire one of ours.

Session details:

  • Monday 25th – Thursday 28th July inclusive
  • 9am – 9:45am; 10am – 10:45am; or 11am – 11:45am
  • At Leigh North Street Primary School, North Street, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 1QE
  • Cost: £25 with own bike; £30 with hired bike

Level 1 Bikeability Course

This course for seven to ten-year-olds teaches all the basics needed to be safe on a bike, as well as how to check that a bike is in good working order.  There will be a chance to practice all of these skills in fun challenges and games, and if you haven’t got a bike you can hire one of ours.

Course details:

  • Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July (you need to attend both days to complete the course)
  • 1pm – 3pm
  • At Leigh North Street Primary School, North Street, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 1QE
  • Cost: £25 with own bike; £30 with hired bike

Level 2 Bikeability Course

This course for nine to 14-year-olds will develop your riding skills for safe and confident cycling on the road. You will need a suitable bike and helmet to take part.

Course details:

  • Monday 15th August and Tuesday 16th August (you need to attend both days to complete the course)
  • 9am – 1pm
  • Meet at the basketball court in Southchurch Park, Northumberland Crescent, Southend, SS1 2XB
  • Cost – £30

Level 3 Bikeability Course

This course for ten to 14-year-olds is aimed at those who have completed Level 2 Bikeability and want to plan a route to cycle to senior school. It will help develop confidence cycling on busier roads. You will need a suitable bike and helmet to take part.

Course details:

  • Tuesday 30th August
  • 9am – 1pm
  • Meet at the basketball court in Southchurch Park, Northumberland Crescent, Southend, SS1 2XB
  • Cost: £30

Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste and Cleansing, Councillor Tony Cox said: “These courses give an excellent opportunity for youngsters to learn the best cycling skills from the very beginning. They are taught by expert tutors from Cycle Southend to set them securely on the route to safe and enjoyable cycling.”

To book places on the courses and find out more information, please visit: www.cyclesouthend.co.uk or call 01702 215595.

For more details about Bikeability, please visit: www.bikeability.org.uk

Tweed Ride – Sunday 4th September 2016

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TWEED RIDE 2016

IT’S BACK FOR THE SIXTH YEAR RUNNING!

Sport your finest vintage or tweedy attire and join us for a lesiurely social jaunt about town.

FREE ENTRY

Meet at Belfairs woodland centre to leabe around 2pm or join us from Priory park gated entrance at Victoria avenue around 2.30. We should arrive at Southchurch Park approx 3.15pm.

PRIZES FOR THE BEST DRESSED RIDER AND THE BEST VINTAGE INSPIRED BIKE. 

Check out our gallery or our facebook albums for glimpses of years gone by……..

Event is FREE but please pre-book if you require a £3.50 cream tea of £7.00 high tea by phoning 01702 215595 or emailing cyclesouthend@southend.gov.uk

Dressing up is optional.

Event:
Tweed ride 2016
Where:
Belfairs woodland centre to Southchurch park
When:
04/09/2016
Starts:
14:00

See the website for more information.

Bikeability – Upcoming New Events

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WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING EVENTS COMING UP DURING THE UPCOMING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

 

BIKEABLITY FIX

Bikeability Fix is a basic maintenance course for children to enable them to check that their bike is roadworthy and to make simple repairs eg punctures. Children do not need to bring their bike or any equipment.  Everyone that attends will received a puncture repair kit to enable them to fix a puncture at home. Parents can attend too FREE!  Suitable for children aged 10 – 14 years of age.

When:  Wednesday 1st June 2016

Time:    Session 1 09:30 – 11:15

               Session 2 12:00 – 13:45

Where:  Belfairs Academy, Leigh on Sea

 

 

Level 2 Bikeability Course

Take part in a Bikeability Level 2 course and develop your riding skills to become a safe and confident cyclist on the road.  Suitable for 9 – 14 year olds. You must have a suitable bike and helmet to take part in this course.

When: 15 & 16 August 2016 (both days must be attended to complete the course)

Time: 09:00 – 13:00

Where: Meet in Southchurch Park

 

Level 3 Bikeability Course

Has your child completed Level 2 Bikeability and wishes to be able to plan a route and cycle to senior school?  Take part in this Level 3 course and become more confident on busier roads.  Suitable for 10 – 14 years olds. You must have a suitable bike and helmet to take part in this course.

When: 17 August 2016

Time £30.00

Where: Meet at Leigh Railway Station

 

Bikeability Balance

This course is suitable for children of 3 & 4 years of age.  The Balance programme develops confidence, spatial awareness, dynamic balance and helps to develop fine motor skills through games and challenges both on and off of a balance bike.  The course is NOT a learn to ride session but your child will develop all the skills needed to progress onto a bike with pedals. We provide all the equipment your child will need for this course.

When: 25 to 28 July 2016 (all 4 sessions must to attended to complete the course)

Time: Session 1: 12:30 – 13:30   Session 2: 14:00 – 15:00

Where: Leigh North Street Primary School

 

Learn to Ride sessions

Suitable for all ages.  Book 1:1 training with one of our accredited instructors.  Haven’t got a bike?  Hire one of ours!

When: 25, 26, 27 and 28 July 2016

Time: 09:00 -09:45 / 10:00 – 10:45 / 11:00 – 11:45

Where: Leigh North Street Primary School

 

Level 1 Bikeability

This Level 1 Bikeability course teaches all the basics needed to be safe on a bike as well as how to check that a bike is in good working order.  There will be a chance to practice all of these skills in fun challenges and games.  If you haven’t got a bike you can hire one of ours!  Suitable for 7 – 10 year olds.

When: 25 & 26 July 2016 (both days must be attended to complete the course)

Time:13:00 – 15:00

Where: Leigh North Street Primary School

 

 

All of the above courses can be booked via our website www.cyclesouthend.co.uk.  For queries please call 01702 215595.

Handy course gives top tips to help you mend your bike | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council‏

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Bikeability Fix sessions this June will teach children and young people from nine to fourteen how to tackle punctures and keep their bikes roadworthy.

These basic maintenance courses are being held at Belfairs Academy, Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, SS9 3TG on Wednesday 1st June from 9:30am until 11:15am, and 12noon until 1:45pm.

They cost £10 per session and there is no need to bring along a bike or any other equipment.

Everyone who attends will receive a puncture repair kit to help them mend bike punctures at home.

The Bikeability Fix course, delivered by the Cycle Southend team proved a big hit recently with two local scout groups who learned how to check that their bikes were safe and repair a puncture, along with basic maintenance tasks.

Scout Leader, Terence Lewis said afterwards: “The scouts thoroughly enjoyed the evening and are looking forward to participating in future events such as the forthcoming Tweed Ride.”

For more details or to book a place, please visit www.cyclesouthend.co.uk or call 01702 215595.