The Linlithgow Solar Survey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6JKZG8Y
This is the concept we are exploring and would like your feedback.
We'd like to see many more Solar PV installations throughout Linlithgow. A desire to see about 2.5mWh of solar capacity will go a long way to making a decent dent on the £6million we spend on energy annually. Yes £6m.
Our survey is asking some fairly generic questions to find out what people feel about more solar, if they like the idea of community investment in such a scheme, what types of locations are socially acceptable, etc.
It is quite possible to start a local Community Benefit Society to install renewable energy systems with the community being at the core of the organisation. Profits would be re-invested and support would be built in to help those who struggle with energy bills. An equitable organisation from the start.
This survey is step 1 and seeks to find out:
1. Your overall views of solar energy
2. Your views on how and where we should develop local solar systems.
3. Your views on a specific proposal we have to form a Community Benefit Society (similar to a Co-operative society) to support local investment in large and small arrays and to help fuel bills within our neighbourhood.
4. Questions about you to help us understand your personal situation.
For those that share their personal contact details with us, they will be entered into a prize draw. One lucky person will win £50 to spend locally. Trustees of Transition Linlithgow are excluded from the prize-draw. You do not have to support Solar energy to participate. We welcome all views. The output of this survey will be summarised and reported back to the community via our website, social media and if possible in the local town magazine
On 2nd September 2016 walking down Linlithgow High Street, I noticed a Council worker spraying the pavement. When I asked what he was spraying, he replied “Glyphosate – I am getting rid of the weeds.’ I asked if I could take a photograph and he happily obliged.
This bothered me. Not only was he unprotected, but it was a busy day. The High street was full of shoppers, people wheeling prams, dogs licking pavements, children returning from school. Near the health centre and playpark, other sprayers were dousing the grass, whilst people continued their business, enjoying a pleasant sunny day. No one had been informed that the spraying was taking place, nor what was being sprayed – until I asked.