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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 15th March, 2012

Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 11.10am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor Peet (In the Chair)
Councillors Beeley, Cooper and Taylor.

Apologies for Absence:

Councillors B. Holland, Smith and Whitehead

Officers in attendance:

Ian Saxon, Mike Gurney, Alison Lloyd-Walsh and Gary Mongan.


39. Declarations Of Interest

There were no declarations of interest to report at this meeting.

40. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 19 January 2012, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

41. Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

David Taylor, Director of Contract Services, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority gave a presentation with regard to the new recycling facilities at Bredbury, detailing an introduction to Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, the PFI contract, the Bredbury MBT plant, financial aspects and carbon benefit.

Reference was given to the following:-

  • 1.1m tonnes of municipal waste per annum accumulated in Greater Manchester;
  • 1.2m tonnes of waste to landfill;
  • PFI contract was signed in April 2009 - £631m capital investment;
  • Guaranteed target of 50% of recycling in 2015;
  • 75% diversion from landfill;
  • 42 new facilities in Greater Manchester – 37 had now been constructed and a power station was currently under construction in Runcorn;
  • All AGMA authorities now had in place a four bin collection system.

With regard to the Bredbury Treatment Plant, the new mechanical biological treatment plant, he reported on Process Flow 1, Process Flow 2 and the inputs and outputs and stated that the cost benefits for this would be from the National Grid.

Councillor Cooper thanked Mr Taylor for an excellent presentation and asked if an article could be published in the Citizen so the public had a better understanding of the financial benefits of recycling.

Resolved

That the presentation be noted.

42. Stamford Park Presentation

Nicola Marshall, Parks and Land Manager gave a presentation on the Stamford Park redevelopment. She reported that the Council had committed £5m capital funding and £3.99m had been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund to redevelop the Grade II historic park.

Particular reference was given to the sustainability aspects of the development as follows:-

  • Ground source heat pump;
  • Sensor lighting;
  • Rainwater harvesting tank;
  • Recycling and composting bays;
  • Sustainable building materials; and
  • Sustainable planting.

She also reported on the Tell Boards which would be displayed in the café and would give details of the Ground Source Heat Pump. Work would also be undertaken with the Eco Teams in schools with class room facilities being available in the community room and volunteer base.

It was further suggested that a meeting of the Carbon Reduction Panel be held in the new facilities at Stamford Park.

Resolved

That the presentation be noted.

43. Boiler Scrappage Scheme Phase 2

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director (Environmental Services) detailing the Boiler Scrappage Scheme Phase 2. He reported that in November 2010, £500,000 funding had been secured from the Housing Capital Budget to fund a Boiler Scrappage Pilot in Dukinfield of which £250,000 had now been spent. It was further proposed to roll the scheme out across a wider area to spend the remaining £250,000, assisting people living in fuel poverty.

It was reported that a total of 162 applications had been submitted by residents and following processing, 116 had qualified the means testing stage. Installers had been appointed and proceeded to contact qualifying applicants to arrange surveys of their existing boilers. In total 115 boiler replacements had been undertaken.

Furthermore, the aim of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme was to target households with low incomes which were at risk of falling into fuel poverty. Based on the uptake rate of the previous scheme in Dukinfield, which was 2.56%, there was an anticipated uptake of around 132 applications and the intention was to simplify the application form to encourage more applications.

It was further reported that the scheme would give new efficient heating systems to over 100 households in Tameside’s most deprived areas of private housing and this would achieve a £230 average saving per year.

Resolved

That the Boiler Scrappage Scheme Phase 2 be supported.

44. Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Initiative

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director (Economic and Technical Services) detailing the implementation of the Electric Vehicle Charging infrastructure in Tameside and provided information in respect of the associated costs for the installation and potential future roll out of the scheme depending on consumer demand.

It was reported that the Government had announced provision of over £400 million to support measures designed to promote uptake of the next-generation of ultra-low emission vehicle technologies. Electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuelled vehicles could all assist to reduce emissions from road transport, whilst allowing drivers to retain all the benefits associated with private car usage.

Furthermore, it was reported that the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy had a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions of 48% by 2020 and the Office of Low Emission Vehicles was co-funding the national roll out of over 9,000 charge points to London, the North East and Milton Keynes in the first wave and an additional 4,000 charge points would then be rolled out to Scotland and Northern Ireland, Manchester, the Midlands and the east of England in the second wave.

Particular reference was made to the infrastructure and installation in Greater Manchester and Tameside and it was envisaged that there would be approximately 300 charging points across Greater Manchester and a feasibility study had been undertaken to determine the most suitable locations within Tameside.

It was reported that the Manchester Electric Car Company was to act as the main delivery arm of the project to oversee infrastructure issues and manage the financial elements of the project. Several sites had been identified in Tameside and the likely cost of installing a charging post, consisting of two individual fast charging units was estimated at approximately £5000.

It was considered that the most suitable location for a an initial post in Tameside would be Camp Street car park, Ashton-under-Lyne and funding would be identified from Local Transport Fund monies.

Resolved

That the proposal for an Electric Vehicle Charging infrastructure within Tameside to proceed to installation of an initial charging post and to roll out further posts according to consumer demand be supported.

45. Dates Of Future Meetings

It was noted that the Carbon Reduction Panel would meet on 12 July 2012 commencing at 10.00am.

46. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.

Chair