Colchester and North East Essex Friends of the Earth

Colchester and North East Essex Friends of the Earth

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Welcome to Colchester and North East Essex Friends of the Earth

* Welcome to the web site of Colchester and North East Essex Friends of the Earth.

* Our current campaigns (local and national) are shown in the navigation bar to the left. The latest developments appear on the News page.

* You can read about the group's history on the About Us and Past Events pages.

* Addresses for any questions can be found on the Contact Us page. We hope you find this site useful.


Website moving

This website will disappear when the hosting runs out, later this year. A new one is being built at; the content will be copied over there in installments.

Visit to Hockley Farm windfarm

On 28th September 2013, some of us went to visit the windfarm at Hockley Farm near Bradwell, the second of the ones we supported to be up and running, and the Lauriston organic farm at Goldhanger. We have a gallery of photos and notes from the visit.

National FoE Conference

We now have a page of reports-back from the FoE EWNI Conference 2012: Conference page.

Lobbying Bob Russell and Visit to Earls Hall Windfarm

On 1st March 2013, a few of us went to Bob Russell's constituency office to lobby him in person about the forthcoming Energy Bill. On 20th May 2013, a group of us visited the windfarm at Earls Hall Farm, which is the first of the ones we supported to be fully up and running. More, with photographs, on the Energy page.

Celebration lunch

As we were unable to hold our annual fundraising New Year Feast in 2012, we had lunch at Mistley Quay to celebrate the windfarm campaign successes and our EarthMovers Award (see item below). More, with photographs, on the Energy page.

January 2012 Waste Consultation

We are asking people to respond to the consultation on the Waste Development Document before 5.30pm on Thursday 19th January.

The Waste Development Document (WDD) is a very long and flawed 'planning' document being 'consulted' on, with a deadline of 5.30pm on Thursday 19th January. It will not be completed until years after the waste plants have all been agreed. See it on:

Please email a response to: You don't have to answer all the questions. Remember to include your name and address.

Details of our suggested responses and the reasons can be found on the Waste campaign page.

Earthmovers Award

We won the Earthmovers Award for "Campaign or Project of the Year" at FoE Conference 2011, for our campaign in support of the Middlewick windfarm, 3 km. southeast of Southminster. We also supported the earlier successful windfarm proposals at Hockley Farm near Bradwell and Earls Hall Farm near St. Osyth. See the writeup on the National FoE website: Wind power leads the way in Essex.

Middlewick Wind Farm approved

The Middlewick Wind Farm proposal received consent from the planning inspectorate on May 19th 2011. See our press release: Inspector approves Middlewick Windfarm on the Dengie Peninsula.

Public inquiry at Maldon

A public inquiry on the Middlewick windfarm started on 8th March 2011 in Maldon. More details on the news page


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Please stand by

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. Now that I have a computer that works, normal service will be resumed.

Waste demo, 26th November 2009

The county put out tenders for the massive long-term contracts in their waste strategy. We demonstrated at County Hall steps on Thursday 26th November 2009, 1pm to 1.30pm. More details on the news page

Earls Hall Windfarm approved

The windfarm of five turbines at Earls Hall Farm, Clacton, was approved in late 2009. It was the second windfarm to be approved in Essex (none have been built yet). Press release: Exciting news of first Essex windfarm.

Rivenhall inquiry

The public inquiry into the proposed Waste Management Facility at Rivenhall Airfield took place from 29th September to 14th October 2009. (It was subsequently passed by the inspector.) More details on the news page

Summer vigil

BANNG organised a peaceful protest on Sunday 9th August 2009. More details on the news page

Site redesigned to improve accessibility

We have a new, more fluid page layout, which should fit a wider variety of browsers and screen sizes. Various accessibility features have been introduced. More details on the news page

link to shop
Visit Friends of the Earth's Shop for a great range of green books - information and inspiration to make a real impact.

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