Local repair cafés are one of those developments that seem long overdue. The UK currently has over 200 of them, with willing volunteers repairing all kinds of stuff and baking for the café. They are an important step in the direction of community sustainability. Alison Rees visited the cafés in Lindfield and Chailey and was very impressed.
Instead of focusing investment in energy efficiency, the UK’s new energy security strategy favours slower, more expensive sources such as nuclear power and offshore wind, and neglects cheaper renewable alternatives such as onshore wind and solar power. The chance to address high consumer costs and the UK’s dependence on energy imports has been missed.