Environmental Protection and Nature Conservation


This page is intended to be a community forum for the sharing of information and ideas to enable the community or individuals to contribute to preserving the local environment and ecology and achieving wider objectives in driving towards a net-zero economy. If you would like to upload an initiative or an article of interest to this page please contact the site's webmaster, Rachel Facey at weblanreathpc@gmail.com.


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Workplace Travel Grants

Grants available to help workplaces fund green travel measures.

Applications are now open for workplaces wanting to support their staff to make more sustainable choices about how they travel to and from work.

The Council’s Workplace Travel Grant offers match funding of up to £5,000 to organisations to provide facilities and equipment.

Grants have previously been used to provide a range of measures including bike shelters, car share parking spaces and pool bikes.

Vicky Fraser, service director for environment and connectivity, said: “The Workplace Travel Grant aims to help employers to break down some of the barriers their employees might face in choosing sustainable modes of travel over taking the car to and from work.

“Swapping the car for walking, cycling or public transport is not only good for our environment and cutting air pollution, but also for our health too. “

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2024.

For more information visit : Workplace Travel Grant - Cornwall Council


Cornwall's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (EVI) Strategy

Cornwall’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (EVI) Strategy is published!

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the consultation on the Cornwall EVI Strategy. It has now been finalised and is available to view on the Cornwall Council website. The Strategy sets out how Cornwall Council will support the expansion of EV charging infrastructure over the next few years.

 

The Council webpages have other useful information that you may wish to use yourself or direct residents towards:

 


Renewable Energy Loans

Owning a property often means facing various expenses, from installing measures to reduce your energy usage to the desire for eco-friendly improvements. If you're considering installing solar panels and battery storage, or other renewable energy measures, spreading the cost with a council backed loan may be a good solution. 

 

Cornwall Council has recently partnered with Lendology CIC offering a loan scheme for eligible homeowners for funding of energy efficiency and green energy installations. Ranging from £1,000 to £20,000, with a fixed interest rate of 4%, this initiative aims to make finance accessible for homeowners seeking to improve their properties sustainably. 

 

Cornwall Council and Lendology CIC strive to understand and address the challenges homeowners face in funding property improvements. As a social enterprise lender and B Corp, Lendology prioritises people over profit, ensuring fair and accessible financing solutions. 

 

Lendology CEO, Emma Lower, said: "We're thrilled about this collaboration with Cornwall Council, which marks a significant step forward improving the private housing sector. As we don't have a large marketing budget, we rely on word of mouth to ensure everyone can live in a home they're proud of. That's why communication with local parishes is crucial for us." 

 

If you are a homeowner in Cornwall, apply now or learn more at www.lendology.org.uk or by calling 01823 461099. Take the first step towards a more sustainable home today. 

 

We recommend that you conduct an independent retrofit assessment to establish whether any works that you may be planning to adapt your property are likely to be suitable for your property and goals.  

 

Representative Example (4% fixed interest rate, Representative 4.2% APR)    

Loans are subject to status and are typically protected by a Title Restriction. Borrow £5,000 over 60 months, £92.08 monthly repayments. Total amount repayable = £5,544.96, including £20 fee for registering the Title Restriction against your property at the Land Registry. The £20.00 fee is only payable if a loan is agreed by Lendology and you decide to proceed with a loan. We do not charge interest on the fee. A Title Restriction means that you may not be able to sell your home without our permission unless the loan is fully repaid. Missing payments could affect your credit rating and ability to obtain credit in the future. 

 

 

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 


Community Energy Plus

Community Energy Plus is Cornwall’s energy advice charity. It provides free, independent advice and support to householders in Cornwall so they can enjoy warmer, energy efficient homes as part of a more sustainable future see: Householders - Community Energy Plus (cep.org.uk). This webpage

provides access to “page turnable” leaflets on saving energy and money, energy tariff information and available government financial assistance and grants.

 

It also supports a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations to support innovative projects relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy see: Communities - Community Energy Plus (cep.org.uk)

 


Help With Food

Help with Food | Let's Talk Cornwall

Cornwall Council keeps an up to date list of local food banks, including those who accept people without food vouchers. This list has opening times, contact details and more information:

https:/letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/help-with-food 

 


Bocaddon Turbine Fund