© 2018 Transition Cobham

Aspirations - 2018

 

Our vision is to help create a healthier, happier and more sustainable Cobham.

 

At our second meeting on the 12th of March 2013, we brainstormed a vision for Cobham in 2018. We created a World Café by setting up four tables with topics such as Community, Energy/Waste, Food and Transport. The participants visited each table and shared their vision of Cobham in 2018. This provided us with inspiration which we carried into our projects.

Community
  • Cobham has even better town planning and the wellbeing of residents is central to it.

  • All residents use the website Streetbank in order to share resources and skills.

  • The community owns the weekly farmer’s market and most of the residents buy their food from it.

  • St Andrew’s Church is one of the spiritual hubs of Cobham and attracts a wider range of people.

  • There is a strong sense of community.

  • Local streets in Cobham, Stoke D’Abernon and Downside are more connected than ever and embody community spirit. Everyone knows his or her neighbours.

  • Painshill has been brought into the community and is very much involved.

  • Residents use and buy from Cobham businesses and financial incentives (Cobham Village card and discounts for local residents) are offered to encourage this.

  • A weekly email is sent out detailing “What’s On in Cobham” (similar to Ripley’s Grapevine)

  • There is a good relationship between the various generations within Cobham with young people helping the older generation and vice versa.

  • Cobham listens and engages with its youth (under 18s). It has taken the motto “It takes a village to raise a child” to heart.

  • The community supports local pubs and clubs.

  • Cobham nurtures community enterprises, such as cooperative local brewery.

  • There are many social events in Cobham’s calendar, including a yearly street party, celebrations at Christmas and a barn dance in a marquee on the Sunday after Heritage Day.

  • A local postal service has been set up which can be used with the Cobham stamp.

  • 80% of the businesses in the high street are locally owned and operated.

  • Every member of the Cobham community uses their Village Card.

  • A local secondary school has been set up.

  • Cobham is rated the best place to live in England and is also the healthiest village in England.

  • Cobham residents are active and enjoy the abundant local green belt.

  • A local scheme has been set up to improve skills.

  • One of the former Chelsea footballers has agreed to help lead the various parts of the community in common purpose, uniting all classes and creed.

  • Wild flower meadows are established on the common lands.

Food
  • Cobham has its own hydroponic farms that supply local restaurants and sell their produce to residents. Children are encouraged to learn from this type of agriculture.

  • Tozer Seeds advise the village on food production.

  • A local food map has been compiled which lists local food suppliers and food is clearly labelled to show local origin.

  • Residents are able to sign up to classes and clubs to learn more about growing food. The gardening buddy scheme has become a success. The scheme matches someone who is keen to learn about gardening with someone who is knowledgeable.

  • Allotments are available for anyone interested in growing food.

  • Organic food boxes are widely available and sourced locally. These boxes include vegetables and meat.

  • Local schools sell fruit and vegetables from their allotments and also supply/part supply their own school lunches. The gardening club is very active and all Cobham schools are now certified as “healthy schools”.

  • Best before produce from supermarkets is donated to charity or meals on wheels.

  • Unwanted produce (e.g. apples) is shared.

  • Weekly seed and plant swaps take place in Cobham.

  • Cobham is bee-friendly and has planted bee-friendly species. The number of beekeepers has increased tenfold.

  • Fruit and nut trees are planted all over the village and people are free to pick from them. Also, a shared orchard has been set up and fruit bushes are grown all over Cobham.

  • A farm has been set up that allows children to interact with animals and learn more about them. An extra advantage is that the produce can be sold, such as chicken and duck eggs (free-range chickens).

  • An indoor local market takes place every weekend.

  • Everyone knows about the Cobham Horticultural & Gardening Club and membership has increased.

  • Cobham residents consume more vegetables and less meat and fish, making it one of the healthiest and most sustainable villages in the country.

  • Everyone saves their jam jars and they are recycled for various uses.

  • Preserving classes are run to teach people how to make jam and chutney.

  • More land has become available for farming, food production and rearing animals.

  • Low-cost reverse osmosis filters are available to buy.

  • Bottled water is not available for sale in Cobham.

  • Water is drawn from local wells and springs.

Energy/Waste
  • Cobham has improved its housing stock through uptake of the Government’s Green Deal and grants. Houses were insulated so that 90% of the houses are properly insulated to current standards.

  • All new houses in Cobham are built to code 6 level of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes.

  • Cobham is plastic bag free. Reusable containers have replaced packaging and shops sell foodstuffs in bulk.

  • Cobham is a net exporter of renewable energy through the installation of renewable energy generation. The Cobham Power Company harnesses the power of the sun through solar thermal and photovoltaics, the wind through wind turbines and the River Mole through small scale hydroelectric.

  • If Cobham residents replace their vehicles, they do so by buying a vehicle that is at least 15% more fuel-efficient.

  • Household appliances have been replaced with more efficient models, reducing energy demand.

  • Cobham residents switch off all electronic devices not in use in order to save energy.

  • Cobham is zero waste. Food waste has been reduced through household management, preserving and recycling. The resulting compost is used locally on community gardens and edible plants and trees throughout Cobham. Food and merchandise packaging has been reduced and household recycling is available and in use by all residents and businesses.

  • Cobham residents are the most active Freecyclers in the country.

  • All non-essential communal lighting goes off around Cobham at midnight.

  • Cobham villagers follow “refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle” religiously.

  • Cobham residents are all part of a Transition Street and share ideas of saving energy.

Transport
  • Cobham has locally produced bio-diesel from waste cooking oil.

  • Those Cobham residents that can work from home or in a community hub do so at least one day a week

  • The Cobham Bus Company, a locally owned and operated business, runs an electric bus service between Cobham, Downside and Stoke D’Abernon. The buses run in a bi-directional circuit and coordinate with trains at the railway station.

  • The Cobham Bus Service operates a combined school bus service for all local schools.

  • All Cobham school children have cycling proficiency certificates through a free local training scheme and cycle the school where possible.

  • All local schools have a car-free day at least once a term.

  • Most primary school aged children walk to school through the Cobham Walking Bus scheme.

  • Electric vehicle charging stations are located through key sites around Cobham.

  • Segregated walking and cycling paths connect Cobham, Downside and Stoke D’Abernon.

  • Cycle lanes are available on all main roads within 5 miles of Cobham.

  • Every Cobham household has access to at least one bicycle.

  • The Cobham Cycle Company bicycle hire scheme operates 250 bicycles from docking stations throughout the Cobham area.

  • Cobham has an extensive network of signposted walking routes throughout the area. A free walking map is published annually.

  • A battery exchange scheme operates for electric cars.

  • All local businesses encourage the use of public transport, walking and cycling and car sharing amongst their employees through incentives such as days off work.

  • All residents car share when possible, through street and neighbourhood schemes.

  • Car hire schemes Car2Go and ZipCar operate in Cobham, Downside and Stoke D’Abernon.

  • Incentives are in place to encourage people to shift to more fuel-efficient vehicles, e.g. cheaper parking for more fuel-efficient cars.