REVOLT News 151

1/10/2003

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 REVOLT News 151

1. A reminder ... the AGM is tomorrow evening, agenda and chairman's report are appended below. It is expected to be a low-key meeting to deal with the annual formalities, and only a small room has been booked, but of course members are welcome to attend. Parking is on the road-side to avoid blocking the residential access drives.

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R E V O L T

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 2 October 2003 at 7.30 p.m.

at the Methodist Church Hall, Sowerby, Thirsk

A G E N D A

1. Apologies and messages.

2. Minutes of 2002 AGM - approval and any matters arising. A short report appeared in the last mail-out in December 2002, and a longer report was appended with email news128 of 6.10.01. A meeting with the new Chief Constable was suggested but has not taken place as it was not a priority.

3. Treasurer's Report.

4. Chairman's Report.

5. Appointment of Auditor: proposed continue with Sue Vicary & Co, Certified Accountants.

6. Election of Committee (note the Committee will elect officers at its next meeting): the Secretary will read names of nominees.

7. Open Forum: comments and questions on any related issues.

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Chairman's Report September 2003

The year of construction lingers on, and the new lines are not yet entirely complete despite the wonderful weather!

The Picton - Shipton line, to which Revolt continues to object, is now in place and carrying current from Norton via Picton to Shipton and on to Osbaldwick beside York. The end of the old dead spur which crossed the A19 just north of Shipton has now been removed.

The Lackenby - Picton line, to which Revolt does not object in principle (though there are some local points we do object to) is still to be completed, after the removal of old 275kV line towers which are in its way. Removal of the 275kV line in its entirety is expected to start in December and to take a further twelve months.

Developments of precautionary policy on health issues from EMFs have progressed. Along with delegates from NRPB and DOH, I am a member of a joint EC / WHO working group on the subject, which met in Luxembourg in February and drafted a generic framework for precautionary policy. We are still working on more specific EMF policy, but these are significant steps forward.

Legal issues have all but ended. Rosalind Craven made, and continues to make, a fundamental issue relating to constitutional and human rights, but she lost in the High Court when resisting NG's application for an injunction. She continues to seek leave to appeal, and now raises new issues stemming from the Rights of Entry Act 1954. I remain to be convinced and I and Revolt continue to counsel caution, but we wish her well. If legal processes are exhausted that does not mean justice is on NG's side; if ever there was a case of gross injustice between a corporate giant and its helpless victims this must be a clear example of it.

Topically the flaws in the big-grid policy of remote generation and long-distance bulk transmission are plain to see, with major power black-outs in North America and Europe this year, some linked to dependence on international bulk transmission. Sadly the electric power business is still steeped in Enron-style ruthless interests of corporate power. In UK that is compounded by a fundamentally flawed commitment to large remote wind-farms. The effect is to hold back the genuine green and economical development of small-scale distributed generation and CHP within a regional balance of generation and demand. Government energy policy is self-contradictory in this respect.

The last Revolt News mailing was in December 2002, as the support from Hambleton DC which made them possible expired. Email newsletters have continued (23 issues over the year). Contacts are maintained with organisations and enquirers from around the world. Revolt is in a newer streamlined phase, depending more on email and with a watching brief and international role.

Mike O'Carroll, Chairman www.revolt.co.uk

-- Mike O'Carroll

 

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