Our Current Projects
We are at the beginning of our Action Group. Here the fun begins! To grow as a group, we will need to develop our imagination of how Reigate and Redhill could be living differently.
Here are the 3 initial projects we have underway - but we are hoping to expand the range and scope as we grow - and hopefully create sub-groups of different interests.
See further down for projects led by other groups which we support.
Sustainable Energy in our buildings:
We are a sub-group of Climate Action Redhill and Reigate who are focused on making a difference with reducing the carbon footprint of out local buildings.
There is huge potential in our local buildings to be more energy efficient and to use renewable energy. We are engaging with local community buildings where possible to advise, survey and support them in improving their buildings and fitting solar panels where suitable.
Our group are developing ideas around rewilding and tree planting, for the purposes of increasing biodiversity and carbon capture.
We are engaging interested parties in a project initially for the Earlswood Commons (possibly including Reigate Common). Reigate and Banstead Borough Council are developing a new long term plan for the commons and we would like to see the areas getting more enhancements. This would not only be for the benefit of wildlife; we could take this opportunity, where people are more aware of our public spaces with the limited options of lockdown, but also have been experiencing increased isolation and sedentary lives. We are hoping to engage them in a 2021 project outdoors when we can come together as a community.
Redhill and Reigate
As our newest subgroup, we are developing links with local businesses with a view to supporting and promoting Redhill and Reigate to be more circular.
Other local projects we support
Horse Hill Oil Drill Site Legal Challenge
Did you know planning permission has recently been given for unlimited extraction of oil from on our doorstep from wells which will produce oil for decades - well beyond the deadline we need to stop using oil, completely going against the ethos of national and local commitments to reduce not increase fossil fuel use.
Planning permission currently doesn't need to take into account the harm of emissions from future burning of oil, only from the extraction process.
Support local activists with this significant potential test case. The appeal will be held in November 2021 at the Court of Appeal and there is urgent need to raise the £20,000 legal fees. Find more information on the Weald Action Group website here and Frack Free Surrey website here. Follow them on Facebook here.