SEEFoE Meeting, 1st March 2011


  1. Housekeeping
    • Apologies for absence
    • Minutes of last meeting
    • Next meeting
    • Subscriptions
    • Partnership Agreement
  2. Campaign Updates
    • FoE East of England training
    • SAEN
    • Marinet
    • We Want a Wind Farm
    • Zeitgeist: Moving Forward
    • Energy
    • TUC Anti-cuts March
    • Yes to Fairer Votes
  3. Open Gardens event – planning
  4. Forthcoming Events
  5. AOB


  1. Housekeeping:
    • Apologies for absence:
      Peter Walker
      Denis Walker, Jon Fuller, Michael Downer, Maike Windhorst, Michael Woolcott, Gabrielle Yeadell
    • Minutes of last meeting:
    • Next meeting:
      4th April 2011, 7:30pm
    • Subscriptions:
      DW reminded everyone that subscriptions of £10 for 2011 are due.
    • Partnership Agreement:
      At this time of year, we’re normally asked to renew the agreement. However, this is being changed and will be done in the Autumn instead.
  2. Campaign Updates:
    • FoE East of England training:
      A 2011 training programme for LGs is being developed. No members expressed any interest in taking part.
    • SAEN:
      • SAEN Member’s JR refused permission
      • Other JR oral hearing date set; postponed until 12 May
      • Public Inquiry into Stopping Up of Eastwoodbury Lane has been announced
      • Campaign is now in its strongest ever position
    • Marinet:
      • CFP Reform campaign is being developed
      • Contacts being made within Europe
      • Attempting to join forces with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
      • Marine Reserves campaign officially finished, but continue to monitor for opportunities
      • MWo has not yet made contact with Leigh Fishermen but will do so 
    • We Want a Wind Farm:
      • DW had response from Planning Inspectorate
        • Returned letter as after deadline
        • Can still speak if apply to inspector at start of appeal
      • Appeal set to start on 8th March
      • Ridgewind happy to cover travel expenses to the appeal (in Maldon). JF will drive.
    • Zeitgeist: Moving Forward:
      • Excellent film (which can be viewed on YouTube)  examining the flaws in society
      • The meeting agreed that the group should organise a screening for the public
        • DW stated that he had already contacted the team that organised “What a Way to Go”
      • The film is long – 2 hours 40 mins running time
    • Energy:
      The group considered whether to do any of the national FoE energy campaigning. MWo agreed to look at the possibility of running a meeting in Leigh but, if this is not possible, the group would be unable to do any more due to the pressures associated with the airport campaign.
    • TUC Anti-cuts March:
      DW informed people of the forthcoming march on 26th March (11am – Victoria Embankment to Hyde Park). UNISON funded coaches have been laid on from Victoria Circus.  DW asked if anyone wanted to go but there were no volunteers.
    • Yes to Fairer Votes:
      JF updated the group on the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign, noting the significance for environmental campaigning.
  3. Open Garden event – planning:
    MWi proposed an Open Gardens event in the Autumn, to raise funds for SEEFoE. The group discussed the options and settled on a provisional date of 24 September – 2pm to 5pm. This will be held at Castledon Road, Downham. An entry charge of £10 was agreed. 
  4. Forthcoming Events:
    • 04/03 10am – Church Directions Hearing (C of E – Chelmsford Diocese)

      St Laurence & All Saints Church, Eastwoodbury Lane
    • 05/03 9:30am – 6 Billion Ways (FoE et al)

      Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1
    • 08/03 – Middlewick Planning Appeal starts (PINS/Ridgewind)
Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon CM9 5DL
    • 15/03 2pm – SBC Cabinet on Airport Lease (SBC)

      Committee Rooms, Civic Centre, Southend
    • 22-23/03 – Funding a Green Future (SBC)

      Park Inn Palace, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea. SS1 2AL
    • 26/03 11am – Anti-Cuts March (TUC)

      Victoria Embankment to Hyde Park
    • 31/03 7pm – Transition Drinks

      The Cricketers, Westcliff
    • 10/04 2pm – FoE East of England Spring Focus Group

      Centre at St Pauls, Hills Road, Cambrideg CB2 1JP
    • 21/05 10:30am – Greater South East Regional Gathering (FoE)
Bonhill House, Bonhill St, London
  5. AOB: None
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