Croxley Green is a thriving community and the Parish Council has a duty to keep it that way. Our overarching intention is to enhance the wellbeing of the community, its residents and other stakeholders. We are elected to care for and maintain the facilities that are essential to our community and are valued by our residents. We support social and cultural activities that benefit the community and we are mindful of the need to keep everyone safe. We aim to keep our environmental footprint small.
From time to time, we need to seek your guidance as to how we should spend your money, when doing so might conflict with other aims. This is such an occasion.
The annual fireworks display on New Year’s Eve has become a popular fixture in village life and those who take part clearly enjoy the event. The 2021 display, after two years’ absence, was extremely well attended and was praised directly and on social media. It was described as “the best yet”. We estimate that between 2,000 and 3,000 individuals were on The Green at midnight and know that other residents can watch from their own homes without venturing far beyond their front doors.
However, fireworks have their disadvantages – noise, smoke, air and land pollution – and may not appeal to all. Even with the recent advances in firework technology which have reduced the carbon emissions and the use of heavy metals to produce the light and colours, staging a display will affect the environment. Our suppliers have provided calculations to show that the display itself produced approximately 12 kilograms of carbon dioxide. This calculation does not include emissions from cars used to get to and from the display.
As context 12 kilograms of CO2 are also the result of:
• An average car travelling about 56 miles
• A moderate meat eater living for 2.04 days or a vegan living for 3.98 days
• Manufacturing 1.44kg of cotton clothing or 2.10kg of wool clothing at final point of sale
• Producing 0.43kg of beef or 12.79kg of lentils for consumption as food
Our basic question to you is simple – should we continue with the display as it is staged now, or make changes, and if so, how would you like it to change? We will use your responses to inform us for the future.
You can complete the questionnaire online @ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdw7uu1nwgGNtq-h9JrJv8u2GXCISHn8LarCt2alUYsYhYy4Q/viewform?usp=sf_link, by downloading a Word version here or picking up a form from the Parish Council office.