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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 2nd July, 2015

Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 10.45am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor B Holland (Chair)
Councillors Cooper, Drennan, Taylor

Officers in Attendance:

Alison Lloyd-Walsh – Head of Environmental Development, Garry Parker – Head of Waste Services, Christina Sexton – Environmental Development Officer, Darrell Beck – Marketing and Communications Officer..

Apologies for Absence:

Councillors Jackson, Kinsey, Patrick, Peet and Shember-Critchley

1. Declarations Of Interest

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

2. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 12 March 2015, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

3. Solar Options

Further to the presentation delivered to the last meeting of the Panel (meeting of 12 March 2015, minute 36 refers), with regard to the development of a feasibility study into the installation of solar PV on Council owned buildings, the Head of Environmental Development explained that Tameside was now included in an AGMA wide procurement project that provided a greater ‘buying’ power across seven authorities.

The procurement document asked for a solution that offered a range of options including capital purchase and ‘rent a roof’ schemes.

The first ‘soft market’ testing had been concluded and there was definitely a commercial appetite for the AGMA procurement.

Next steps were outlined and discussed as follows:

  • Detailed analysis of returns;
  • Financial comparisons; and
  • Study of proposed buildings.

The Head of Environmental Development agreed to report on progress to the next meeting of the Panel.


That the content of the presentation be noted.

4. Sustainable Building Pledge

The Head of Environmental Development gave a presentation in respect of the promotion of low carbon new build across the Borough.

It was reported that legislation with regard to low carbon planning and building requirements had weakened over the last five years leaving Local authorities with very little enforcement powers over these issues.

Previous concerns in respect of developers not choosing to build in Tameside if low carbon build was insisted upon were highlighted, however there was a need to signal a proactive and positive view of low carbon build to developers.

Examples of issues developers needed to consider were detailed and discussed.

The Head of Environmental Development proposed a ‘Sustainable Building Pledge’ (working title) for promotion as part of the planning framework. This would state expectations and also offer a range of ‘bonuses’ that developers would get in return from the Council, for example:

  • Advertisement/promotion of developments via Council media;
  • Positive endorsement branding similar to ‘Buy with Confidence’; and
  • Enhanced support from Council departments.

The Head of Environmental Development agreed to develop this proposal further and report back to a future meeting of the Panel.


That the content of the presentation be noted.

5. Update on Green Deal Communities Project

The Head of Environmental Development provided an update with regard to the Green Deal Communities project, as follows:

In Ashton Waterloo - 48 Wimpey ‘no fines’ properties had currently signed up for external wall insulation, with 10 properties being completed to date. Excellent feedback had been received from residents.

In Hattersley – 12 Wimpey ‘no fines’ properties had signed up for external wall insulation, with none being completed to date, however work was due to commence when the Ashton Waterloo scheme had been completed.

It was further reported that approximately £450,000 of funding had been leveraged into the Borough through Little Bill Communities Scheme.


That the content of the presentation be noted.

6. Waste Services Update

The Head of Waste Services, updated the Panel with regard to the ‘Bin Swap’ scheme launched on 18 November 2013 with 4000 properties, which was expanded to a further 26,500 properties in January 2015.

The Scheme had proved to be very successful with a 25% overall reduction of waste being sent to landfill, which equated to a potential saving of £3 million per annum.
Plans were now underway to roll out the scheme to the remaining 70,000 households in the borough at the end of August 2015.

A short video was presented, which explained the roll out to residents. This video would be displayed at all forthcoming District Assembly meetings, on the Tameside Website and at all publicity roadshows.

The key message was that Bin Swap was working. To date there had been less than 300 complaints and the current recycling rate was 42%.

The Chair and Members of the Panel commended the Head of Waste Services and his team for all their hard work.


That the content of the video presentation be noted.

7. Dates of Future Meetings

It was noted that the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel would meet as follows, commencing at 10.00am:

10 September 2015
19 November 2015
14 January 2016
17 March 2016

8. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.