Sustainable Charlbury


Presentation Slides now available

To download and view the slides from the recent presentation please click here: 

Public Meeting – 16th October 2014

Please come along to the next public meeting to hear more about the recent brolly day and our planned next steps.brolly day header

Another opportunity to ask questions and catch up with the latest news.

Thank you!

To all the 100 + people who turned out last Saturday to help with the brolly day, it was a great success. Though there was a serious point about limiting  visibility behind the exercise, it was fun none the less and a very inclusive community event.

Positive press in both The Witney Gazette and The Oxford Times this week:

Witney Gazette and Oxford Times

And some pictures taken on the day

:brolly-day-pear-schnapps OT brolly pic brolly-day-picture brolly-day-field-picture brolly-day-group


Community Energy England (CEE) Announce AGM and First Executive Appointment

SusCha joined Community Energy England in May 2014. CEE are holding their AGM on Thursday 4th September and have posted the following:

The meeting takes place in Oxford Town Hall at 5pm on Thursday 4th September, directly after the OxFutures/DECC conference and before the community energy awards. We hope that you and others from Charlbury will be able to attend. Even if you can’t make it, you can participate in the AGM; either by nominating a proxy or by voting online beforehand.
The main business of this inaugural AGM is to elect a new board of directors. We are spoilt for choice with a good number of excellent candidates. The list of candidates with a summary for each is available on our website here. Each will also be given a brief opportunity to introduce themselves at the AGM. While the votes are being counted, we will update you on our progress and Kathy Smyth will launch the short manifesto we are using to promote new policies in the lead-up to the forthcoming general election.
Each CEE member is entitled to vote for up to nine candidates and we will leave it to you to consult your colleagues on how you wish your votes to be cast. The outcome will be the election of nine directors, which must include no less than five representatives of community members and no less than one from the private sector. This is in accordance with the Bye-laws, and the election will follow the process in Annex C thereof.
Whether you wish to attend in person, appoint a proxy or vote online; please register here. You will need your membership number which is CEM061. If you are voting online or appointing a proxy, it will also be easier if you read in advance the candidate resumes and decide who to vote for.
We are not forwarding all these details to other contacts within Charlbury because each member organisation can only vote once, but we are reminding them about the AGM date in case they want to attend in person. The final agenda will be sent to all those registered to attend, and will be available on the day.
We look forward to seeing as many members as possible on 4th.
Finally, we wanted to confirm that job applications for our first executive appointment are now open. Please let your networks know.

Click here for a link to the executive appointment application and the CEE website where more information is available.



News Update July 2014

Following the recent planning decision for the Southill Solar scheme Sustainable Charlbury has met with WODC planning officers to discuss options for a re-submission. Further updates will follow in due course.


Planning is in! March 2014

We are delighted to report that Sustainable Charlbury submitted the planning application for Southill Solar on Friday 14th February. This means that it should go to the Planning Committee on Monday 7th April 2014.

We know that letters of support will be important in helping us with a successful application, and we would be delighted if you felt able to support the application in this way.  We also understand that receiving lots of identical letters is not as helpful as different letters with a variety of points.  So rather than setting out the points for you to make in your letter, we are attaching a link to Southill Solar Community Engagement Report which we included in our application.  You may wish to use some of the ideas from the statement in your letter.

Please address letters to: Ms Dawn Brodie

Quoting reference: 14/0217/P/FP


or, post to:

West Oxfordshire District Council,
Planning Department
New Yatt Road
Oxon OX28 1PB

Many thanks.

The Southill Solar Team

 Sustainable Charlbury is delighted to introduce a major new project which should be of interest to everyone in Charlbury and our neighbouring villages

Southill LogoSouthill Solar is a renewable energy project that will produce green electricity for the next 25 years

Sustainable Charlbury is working with the Cornbury Estate and Low Carbon Hub in Oxford to create a 5MW solar park on the Fawler Road just outside Charlbury

This exciting new project has been made possible thanks to the offer of 30  acres of land by The Cornbury Estate. The site is between Charlbury and Fawler and so the views and opinions of Charlbury folk, as well as our neighbours in Finstock and Fawler, are being sought

5MW provides enough electricity for 1400 homes (roughly equivalent to the size of Charlbury)Southill Solar proposed site aerial View

Our plan is for a community-owned facility which provides attractive returns on investment to individual shareholders as well as significant annual financial benefits back to the local community from the operating profit

Read on….

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  1. Westmill solar has an excellent output

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