Agenda and minutes
Venue: Committee Room 1, Town Hall, Chorley
Contact: Nina Neisser Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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No declarations of any interests were received.
Vicky Willett, Performance and Partnerships Manager, will give a short presentation to give Members some background information and context.
To assist Members in scoping the review, the following is enclosed;
· LGA Councillor Workbook – Acting on Climate Change
The Overview and Scrutiny Task Group were provided with presentations from officers, a background and context paper and the ‘LGA Councillor’s Workbook: acting on climate change’ to help with scoping their review.
Vicky Willett, Service Lead – Transformation and Partnerships, who would be Lead Officer for the task group review delivered a presentation to give Members some background information and context, including work that the council was currently undertaking to become more environmentally sustainable.
Chorley currently holds a strong environmental position with 71.8% of land designated as green belt and over 300 hectares of countryside. Total carbon emissions were higher than the national average when measured by tonnage per person which could be due to the proximity to the motorway network, however mortality attributed to poor air quality was better than the all England average when last recorded in 2016. Household recycling rates have improved in recent years with Chorley’s at 42.7% for 2017/18. As of 1 October, there would be an increased range of plastic products that can be recycled via bin collections.
The Green Agenda was supported nationally through different policies such as, The Clean Growth Strategy, The Clean Air Strategy and the paper on ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’. Each outline central government’s green agenda and how to work towards a greener, healthier and more sustainable future for the next generation.
As a Council, Chorley already undertakes numerous activities and initiatives which support our Green Agenda including:
· Sustainable transport: electric fleet vehicles, electric charging points on Market street, additional bike storage in the town centre
· Policy and Strategy: joint procurement strategy includes priority and action to support sustainable products and services.
· Staff incentives: subsidised rail passes and ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme, implemented WorkSmart and upgraded ICT systems meaning it is now easier for staff to work remotely/reduce the amount of car travel
· Council Buildings: energy efficiency lighting installed in all buildings, solar panels on Town Hall roof, biodegradable knives and forks.
· Project and service delivery: proposals to create wildflower meadows and corridors, community projects such as MySpace.
· Astley Hall: ‘green museums’, new energy efficient track lights and radiators, work with Café Ambio to use paper straws, vegware cups for takeaway drinks, and glass sugar dispensers, grow organically in the eco-friendly walled garden
Members were advised of the various ways that other councils were tackling climate change. These included creating council and community climate change pledges, installing solar farms, expertise from a dedicated officer resource or consultancy advice, and declaring a Climate Change Emergency.
Looking ahead, Members recognised that the council had the opportunity to lead and influence change across Chorley whilst setting an example to help ensure environmental considerations are part of everything, we do in order to make a real tangible difference.
Following this presentation, James Hoskinson, Central Lancashire Technical Officer, provided a specific example of some of the current work being undertaken by the Council in his presentation on the council’s ‘Sustainable September’ campaign which had been encouraging staff ... view the full minutes text for item 19.OS2
Members will need to consider what the desired outcome of the review will be and how this can be achieved.
Draft scoping document enclosed for Members to consider and complete.
Members of the Task Group considered the scope of the inquiry and discussed objectives, outcomes, and who they wanted to interview as part of the review, including Service Leads, market/town centre traders, schools, Chorley in Bloom and Funeral Directors.
Members acknowledged how big the issue of climate change was and recognised that any recommendations would need to be relevant, realistic and achievable. It was proposed that an interim report be submitted prior to the consideration of the budget for 2020/21.
The scoping document would be a working document that would be brought back to each meeting.
Decision – That the scoping document be drawn up in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair be brought back to the next meeting for approval by the Group.
Date of the Next Meeting
Thursday, 7 November 2019 at 6pm.
Thursday, 7 November 2019 at 6.00pm.
Any other item(s) that the Chair decides is/are urgent