In 2012, the Civic Society Executive agreed to move from a Sub-Committee structure to a project based structure. This page represents the work under the standalone committee. Ann Turner was Chair of the Environment Committee and represented the Civic Society on the Grimsby Renaissance Team, with input into the Renaissance of Grimsby Centre and other parts of NE Lincs. Goals ranged from some immediate changes but many from mid to long term - for example the regeneration of the dockland area. Ann represented the Society at a workshop which pulled together the feasible aspects of the Renaissance plan leading to the re-design of Victoria Street and the current re-build of Cartergate. Masterplans have now been created for St James Square, Station Approach and Alexandra Dock/Riverhead Square.
Jolly Fishermen re-open Victoria Street
Ann is also in contact with property owners and businesses to try and persuade them to improve neglected or "tired" properties.
In response to questions from members regarding the Cleethorpes Chalets ( the concrete beach huts overlooking the new showground), Anne made enquiries with NE Lincs Council. The Chalets are not listed buildings and therefore could form part of a regeneration project. Complicated lease arrangements raised fears that it would be difficult for the council to identify the owners. However, recent reports in the press indicate that the council is moving towards enforcing maintenance of the huts, with confiscation as a last resort. Meanwhile, if anyone is reading this who does own a beach hut, please let Anne know.
Wilko's Seats and Melt Bar Planters
One of the early achievements of the environment committee was the Seat Cleaning and Planting outside Wilkinsons and the Melt Bar. Despite the support of the Melt Bar owners, a busy "party" environment has recently taken its toll on the planters. However, NE Lincs Council has undertaken to restore the planters.
Early in 2006, the Executive Committee identified the Bus Stop area outside Wilkinson's in Bethlehem Street, Grimsby as a prospect for revival. Hon Secretary Pauleen Bridges suggested that the seats could be freshened up, while Environmental Committee Chair Ann Turner felt the planters outside the Melt Bar could benefit from new greenery.
North East Lincolnshire Council was approached and agreed that, as an entrance to the Town Centre, the area could benefit from some TLC.
Council staff ensured that Health and Safety needs were covered while Civic Society members set to reviving the seats with material kindly contributed by Wilkinsons.
Meanwhile, North East Lincs Council workers were enlivening the formerly barren planters with greenery kindly contributed by Pennells. Thanks to care and watering by the Melt Bar staff, the plants thrived over the next year. By 2008 some guerrilla gardening by Ann Turner and her husband Martin was necessary, and as noted in the introduction, NE Lincs Council has recently undertaken to replant the area.
This serves to underline that any environment is in a constant state of change and decay. We cannot afford to rest in the preservation of our environment, and any volunteers from the membership will be warmly welcomed.
Recycling in NE Lincs
Since this article was first written in 2006, the world economy has changed, reducing the resale value of re-cyclable goods. However, the most recent (February 2009) issue of NE Lincs Council's "Linc-up newsletter carries an article (Recycling will continue despite rubbish prices") intimating that the council's waste management contractor (Newlincs) currently has contracts which ensure a competitive price.
"All of these contracts greatly reduce the chance of the council needing to stockpile any of the materials and this is why no recyclables are ever sent to landfill from North East Lincolshire."
One of the simplest ways we can support the local environment, and generate income for the council, is to sort our rubbish out for re-cycling.
When it comes to rubbish there is no cheap option. Even dumping waste in a hole in the ground costs an average of £18 per household. Pauleen Bridges has been speaking to Ian Graham, recycling officer for NELC about the costs and benefits of our daily waste.
During the year April '04 to March '05 in North East Lincolnshire, households generated a total of 87,630 tonnes of waste.
This included 8,065 tonnes (9.2% of total household waste) of Dry Recyclable items (i.e. Glass bottles & jars; Newspapers, Magazines, Envelopes & Junk Mail; Food & Drinks Cans; and Plastic Bottles.)
10,497 tonnes of Garden and Plain Cardboard Waste (11.98% of total household waste) was recovered for agricultural composting.
46,486 tonnes of residual waste (53.05% of total household waste) was incinerated in the Energy from Waste Plant.
As an alternative, how much could the council earn from recycled waste?
Quoting prices for recyclable materials is never straightforward, as it may fluctuate on a week by week basis depending on a number of factors including the current national and international market influences, transportation costs and economies of scale, to name but a few.
In North East Lincolnshire the local authority's Waste Management contractor, "NEWLINCS Development Ltd" negotiate market outlets on our behalf for segregated household waste as part of our 25 year partnering arrangement. As a general indication here are some mid-February 2006 national material guideline prices:
Newspapers & Magazines: £45- £50 (Delivery price per baled tonne). Mixed Paper : £19 - £25 (Delivery price per baled tonne). Glass Cullet: Green or Mixed : £15 - £20 per tonne. Clear :£26 - £33 per tonne. Aluminium Cans: £850 (Delivered price per tonne baled & Densified). £800 (Delivered price per tonne loose). Steel or Mixed Cans: £45 (price per tonne delivered).
Density Polyethylene (HDPE coloured) = £120 - £140 (e.g. bottles used for Washing Up liquids)
HDPE natural) = £130 - £160 (e.g. plastic milk bottles) - Delivered Prices per tonne for baled bottles.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE Clear) = £130 - £170 (e.g. as used for fizzy drinks);
PETE green/coloured) = £140 - £160 (Delivered price per tonne for baled bottles)
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) = £15 - £25 (e.g. as used to hold cordials; still mineral water, toiletries and cooking oils) - Delivered price per tonne baled.
A useful national statistic: In the UK approx 30 million tonnes of household waste is generated annually.ie. An average of over one tonne per household. In total 400 million tonnes of waste are generated annually including waste enterprises
By recycling, we are saving natural resources for future generations and saving council tax. The charge for using landfill sites for our waste is £18.00 per tonne and rising.