|Following a workshop day on the environment and climate change organised by Marple
Churches Together Justice & Peace Group in October 2009 MESS was formed and now
includes people of all faiths and none.
MARPLE, MELLOR & MARPLE BRIDGE ENERGY SAVING STRATEGY is a local
community project which aims to promote carbon reduction, raise awareness of climate
change issues and find local solutions to some of the resulting problems.
In its first year MESS concentrated on promoting loft and cavity wall insulation. Working
with the Energy Saving Trust and Stockport Borough Council 246 homes in the locality
have benefited from the discounted scheme with a contribution of £10,500 from
Stockport MBC. In February MESS held its first Energy Efficient SHOWCASE. This
gave suppliers an opportunity to show off their products and answer questions from the
large number of people who braved the freezing weather to find out how to save energy,
save money and save the environment. Stall holders were delighted with the contacts
made and many have already booked for next year’s event. The Showcase allowed
MESS to fulfil one of its aims - to support and promote local businesses.
The need and desire for allotments is a problem faced in most areas. In the Marple
area the waiting list can be 7 years long. MESS is looking for land in the area that could
be used even if only for 2 or 3 allotment spaces. We are trying to be imaginative in finding
solutions for this need. Do you know of land that, with negotiation could be used? The
Shared Garden Scheme is also being investigated. A petition to the council is being
Mess members are enthusiastic local people who are trying to offer ideas, knowledge and
solutions to the challenges that we all face in these changing times. Call on us if you
think we can help or you have ideas to share.
No.1 - June 2011
No.2 - Autumn 2011/Winter 2012