RBWM Sustainability SPD Consultation

In June 2019, RBWM declared an environment and climate emergency. It enshrined the target of net zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2050, in line with Government policy.

A Sustainability SPD is one of the key actions identified in the Environment and Climate Strategy 2020-2025, to help shape development towards net zero carbon, protect and enhance the natural environment, drive carbon reductions in the borough and deliver wider climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Council has now prepared the draft Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for public consultation. The consultation will run for six weeks from Monday 16 October 2023 until midnight on Monday 27 November 2023.

Whilst the ECO Action Hub is working with a consortium to help influence and update the Sustainability SPD you also as residents have the opportunity to comment and respond to the consultation … However, we will shortly be providing guidance here on how best to do so, to save you the trouble of reading all 86 pages, and to maximise the impact we can collectively have. 

In the meantime, if you do want to get a head start and read the SPD – please click on the link below for more information: RBWM Sustainability Consultation Link HERE

People acting in a sustainable environment

DraughtBusters – Save Money, Stay Warm!

DraughtBusters can draught-proof your home and save you money. DraughtBusters are a team of experienced volunteers who want to help people with draughty homes. Here is a project update on their progress so far this year …

FEEDBACK FROM OUR CLIENTS: Across RBWM we have done 90 visits in the last 12 months. We have some great positive feedback from our clients!

November to December 2022

  • What a fabulous initiative! Your volunteers were very helpful and informative.
  • Thanks for the visit which went well thanks. They were super nice and helpful.
  • I just wanted to say a HUGE ‘thank you’ to your volunteers for the insulation they added to my home yesterday. I can really notice a difference and they did a superb and professional job. I am most grateful to them, and you for organizing. Thank you again!
  • Thanks great, what a great thing you’re doing!

January to March

  • I wanted to let you know that your volunteers kindly visited today and their suggestions were super helpful. Kindly please let me know how to contribute to say a big thank you for their visit.
  • Thanks so much for your detailed email and for sharing all these very useful links. I want to thank you again for the useful visit. I also made a little thank you donation today. Will definitely look to tell neighbours about your team!
  • Thank you and your team for helping with some draught fittings, they were both very thoughtful. I will add a small donation and spread the word.
  • I am already feeling a big difference after the work you have done in my house. (from someone who is not in good health and does not have central heating.)
  • We were very pleased with the visit, and happy to find out we didn’t have too much to worry about. We will definitely recommend you to our neighbours. Many thanks once again.
  • Just to say once more heartfelt thanks for your advice, most of which I’ve been able to implement. I’ve also been singing your praise to friends and neighbours, so you may well hear from them.

Reading DraughtBusters say

  • We used to say draughtproofing would save £90 to £120 on average per year, five and ten years ago.We now estimate £300 to £400 per year (10% of heating bill) as draughts account for 15% but the other 5% is tough to realise.
  • Our DraughtBusters fix (almost always) all draughts around windows, doors and pipes etc. We also advise how residents can use a small cushion pushed up a chimney to stop those draughts.
  • So, we estimate that we’ve saved each client between £120 and £400 per year in the last 12 months.

The bottom line: In the last 12 months we’ve saved RBWM residents between £10,800 and £36,000. We used grants from RBWM & NHS Frimley to purchase key draughtproofing product so that we could help residents across our key areas – Cookham, Maidenhead and Windsor.

ESTIMATED SAVINGS: The Energy Trust Says

  • “Draught-proofing around windows and doors could save you around £50 a year*. If you have an open chimney, draught-proofing your chimney when you’re not using it could save around £70 a year*.
  • Draught-free homes are comfortable at lower temperatures – so you may be able to turn down your thermostat, saving even more on your energy bills.

* Savings based on a typical gas-fuelled semi-detached property in England, Scotland or Wales. Figures for England, Scotland and Wales are based on fuel prices under the Energy Price Guarantee running from April 2023 to the end of June 2023.”

DraughtBusters can help you: We will fix your draughts and give you advice on how to save money around your home. All free – do not hesitate to get in touch with us, by email rbwmdraughtbusters@gmail.com or phone 07548 594413 and leave a message.

We’re Hiring: ECO Action Hub Manager!

We opened in April and have had over 500 visitors! We’re getting even more active in the ECO Action Hub and in the local community. Now we’re recruiting a Hub Manager to help expand our mission: ‘to inspire local people to do more to address the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.’

ECO Action Hub Manager Role and Responsibility
ECO Action Hub Manager

The Hub Manager has a crucial role in this. They will become essential to ensuring the successful establishment and running of this dynamic centre with its very varied activities.

If you are passionate about promoting sustainability and biodiversity, if you have attributes and skills to inspire local people and small businesses to take positive action in the Climate Emergency, we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested please download and have a look at the job description (here) and contact us with your background and relevant information on ecoactionrbwm@gmail.com

We would love to talk to you.

Helping at the ECO Action Hub – It starts with you!

Thinking of volunteering? Coronation messages highlighted the urgent need for us to conserve our Planet. Let’s build on this momentum!

It’s a great time to help support Maidenhead’s Eco Action Hub. Our mission is to inspire everyone to take some additional sustainable steps. Please could you spare some time to volunteer at the Hub – you can make a difference just having conversations with people.

Even if you can only spare a little time, we would love to hear from you and talk over what you’d be able to do to help us promote our sustainability messages at the Hub.

Please contact Sarah on ecoactionrbwm@gmail.com

Come and see us in the hub and discuss how you may help and volunteer
Help at the Hub – it starts with you!

We are open!

Thank you all so much for coming along to our official opening and making it such a fabulous day. We listened to music, heard Peter Gibbs talk about how important each of us are in taking care of the planet, shared seedlings, planted seeds, fixed things…. The list goes on! We even had time for a cuppa and some cake.

So thank you all for making this such a wonderful community to be a part of and we really look forward to seeing you again at all the wonderful events we have planned for the hub. 💚

See the photos below.

Help needed – opening on April 1st

We are nearing our official opening date of 1st April, following which the Hub will be open Thursday through Saturday every week. We are still short of the following:

  • Volunteers! Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have a few hours to spare
  • Stacking chairs
  • Fire guards
  • Old computers/laptops for the displays

Additionally, we would like to ask you to fill out this short survey for us:

https://forms.gle/otAoxpe5HqSgxQ4Y9

We aim to use this survey to help us understand what’s needed in the hub, but also by resharing it every 6 months we can see the progress that’s being made.

Latest News: “Soft Launch” in ECO Action Hub a great success!

Around 100 visitors were welcome when doors opened on Saturday 4th March for a ‘soft launch’ of the ECO Action Hub for RBWM in the Nicholson Centre.

ECO Action Hub RBWM Soft Launch

The Repair Café Maidenhead and Maidenhead Seed Swap joined us to welcome visitors who wanted help fixing their beloved but broken items, collect and swap seeds for the new growing season, or just maybe get a sense from the Hub displays for what else they may do and what help is available to make a positive difference at home on climate change and bio diversity.

More news: Coming soon – our ‘main opening’ on 1st April and will again include the Repair Café. Meanwhile – keep an eye open for more news here or on our Facebook Page here

We’re making progress!

We’re making progress! Lots of work is currently underway at the ECO Action Hub in Maidenhead! We’re upcycling, reusing and repurposing. If you have any donations of furniture or things you think we might find useful to furnish the hub, give us a shout.

Looking forward to seeing you when we open! 😊