- Our key aim is to provide a legacy for future generations within Hook Norton and wider community where energy supply and usage does not impact upon our planet and lifestyle.
- Achieve a measured community-wide reduction in energy usage:
- Develop support mechanisms in understanding and influencing behavioural changes in lifestyles to achieve a low carbon community
- e.g. measurement through links to the Oxford University EVALOC research project and the Smart Hooky smart grid project with Western Power.
- Continue the successful householder loans scheme to help everyone reduce the amount of energy we need to heat and power their homes:
- as a minimum we want to ensure that all homes in Hooky have the opportunity to install adequate loft insulation, draught proofing and, where possible, filled cavity walls.
- Offer viable alternatives to personal car use for transport to and from HN:
- e.g.: development of Hooky Car Club and the community waste-oil biodiesel fuel tank – possible extension to wider public transport provision.
- Investigate and develop community led initiatives for alternative sources of energy, where applicable in partnership with local businesses.
- e.g.: investigating the viability of an anaerobic digestion plant in partnership with Hook Norton Brewery, using brewery waste as source of energy.
- e.g.: collecting wind speed data from a ‘met mast’ and encouraging local debate on the issues arising from possible wind power developments.
- Partner with providers of low carbon alternative technologies and derive a benefit back to HNLC to help fund our activities:
- e.g. affiliation schemes with Green Energy UK and the Phone Co-op and links to renewables suppliers such as Southern Solar and Solar Tech.
- Assess whether HNLC should play a role in providing affordable & low carbon housing development in the community:
- Feasibility of developing Hook Norton Community Land Trust or similar, that could be the legal entity to take a lead in new homes in our community;
- Develop opportunities to partner with Cherwell DC and Sanctuary (ex-Charter) Housing Group.
- One of our over-arching aims is to reach all sections of our community, especially the elderly, disadvantaged and low income households.
(Based on the priorities outlined at our first AGM in May 2011)