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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 17th January, 2013

Carbon Reduction Panel

Minutes of the Meeting held on 22 November 2012

Time Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 11.10am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor B Holland (Chair)
Councillors Beeley, Cooper, Peet, Shember-Critchley and Taylor

Apologies for Absence:

Councillors Drennan and Whitehead.

Officers in Attendance:

Robin Monk – Executive Director (Economic Growth, Investment and Sustainability), Ian Saxon – Assistant Executive Director (Environmental Services), Damien Bourke – Head of Development and Investment, Mike Gurney – Head of Environmental Services (Environmental Management and Operations), Alison Lloyd-Walsh – Head of Environmental Development.


18. Declarations Of Interest

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

19. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 13 September 2012, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

20. Ongoing Projects

Members received a presentation on the following schemes:-

  • Boiler Scrappage Scheme 2;
  • Warm Homes Healthy People Fund;
  • DECC Fuel Poverty Fund;
  • CERT and Warm Front;
  • Hard to Treat Insulation – Free Trial; and
  • Collective Energy Switching - iChoosr

Resolved

That the presentation be noted.

21. The Green Deal

The Head of Environmental Development gave an update on the Green Deal initiative stating that a business case would be submitted to Greater Manchester Combined Authority at the end of November 2012 and each local authority would procure Green Deal providers and administer loans.
It was further reported that the Green Deal providers would be entered on the Buy with Confidence Register and an a further report would be provided to a future meeting once details had been confirmed.

Resolved

That the report be noted.

22. Tameside Local Plan And Links To Carbon Reduction

Consideration was given to a report of the Executive Director (Economic Growth, Investment and Sustainability) detailing the relationship between the developing Tameside Local Plan and its links to Carbon Reduction.

It was reported that the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 introduced a new system for strategic planning and all local planning authorities, including Tameside were required to prepare and adopt a Local Plan which was a set of documents which included each Planning Authority’s Local Development documents and would replace the Unitary Development Plan.

Furthermore, the Core Strategy was an important part of the Local Plan and set out the spatial strategy for the borough and included core policies and development for the borough and was the main strategic element of the Local Plan which required consultation with the public.

Particular reference was given to the following:-

  • Sustainability and National Planning Policy;
  • The Tameside Core Strategy and Sustainability;
  • Delivering Carbon Reduction through Strategic Planning – Policy;
  • Delivering Carbon Reduction through Strategic Planning – Building Regulations; and
  • Delivering Carbon Reduction through Strategic Planning – Greater Manchester Context.

In conclusion, it was reported that the purpose of the planning system was to contribute to the achievements of sustainable development, with Government outlining how Local Planning Authorities should achieve this within the National Planning Policy Framework.

Tameside’s Core Strategy would fully encompass the three elements of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) ensuring future development within the borough was sustainable.

Resolved

That the report be noted.

23. The Processing Of Waste

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.

Resolved

That the presentation be noted.

24. Releasing The Potential Within Waste Services

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director (Environmental Services) updating Members on the steps taken by the Waste Services section to improve the service and reduce the amount of carbon produced by the service.

Particular reference was given to the significant increase in the recycling rate in the borough and the amount of waste diverted from landfill into recycling streams. Details were given of a number of improvements with regard to the waste collections in the borough and the number of people using the food and garden waste collection scheme was increasing.

In conclusion it was stated that the amount of waste the Council was diverting from landfill was increasing and carbon emissions decreasing.

Resolved

That the report be noted.

25. Energy Reduction Pilot Scheme – Dukinfield Town Hall

Consideration was given to a report of the Deputy Executive Leader and the Assistant Executive Director (Asset and Investment Partnership Management) detailing the proposal to retrofit one of the Council’s prestigious buildings with the objective of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. It was intended that this would be a pilot project and if successful, would be replicated in other retained buildings.
It was reported that a pilot proposal for Dukinfield Town Hall had been developed in the Summer 2012 and that approval had been given to rationalise the Council’s assets, but retain a number of prestigious or civic buildings including Dukinfield Town Hall in October 2012. It was now proposed that the energy reduction pilot be implemented at Dukinfield Town Hall, subject to the capital bid for investment being successful. A copy of the proposal was detailed at Appendix 1 which included the following:-

  • Building fabric – additional insulation to be provided to the Jubilee Hall under floor void, in addition to additional insulation to lofts and boiler ceilings;
  • Additional insulation covers to the heating distribution system;
  • Installation of automatic controls to the heating system;
  • Replacement of boilers; and
  • Replacement of lighting and controls.

The cost of the project was estimated at £109,571 including a 2 % TIP fee, with anticipated annual savings being £14,661 at current prices, however assuming that utility prices would rise by at least 8% per annum over the next three years, the savings over the period would increase to over £51,400.

Resolved

The proposal to submit a capital bid for investment for the implementation of a pilot project energy consumption reduction programme at Dukinfield Town Hall be given.

26. Dates Of Future Meetings

It was noted that the Carbon Reduction Panel would meet on the following dates, all meetings commencing at 10.00am:-

17 January 2013 at the new community hub in Hattersley and 14 March 2013.

27. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.

Chair