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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Lesser Hall - Dukinfield Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Charlotte Forrest on Email: charlotte.forrest@tameside.gov.uk or 0161 342 2346 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

2.

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The Minutes of the meeting of the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel held on 18 February 2016 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the proceedings of the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel held on 18 February 2016 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

3.

Ashton Town Centre Heat Networks

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Investment and Development and ARUP Consultancy.

Minutes:

The Panel welcomed Steve Pimlott of ARUP Consultancy who attended the meeting to make a presentation on Ashton Town Centre Heat Networks.

 

It was reported that ARUP Consultancy had been appointed at the end of 2015 to carry out a feasibility study in Ashton town centre as part of five studies across Greater Manchester to examine heat network opportunities.  Other areas included Bury, Manchester and Media City.  £300million of capital grant funding for up to 200 heat networks was available, which had created a credible market opportunity for Ashton.

 

The heat network was explained to Members alongside a diagram and photographs of the equipment used.  It was explained that pipes in the ground, delivering varying grades of water, generated heat which could be captured.  The benefits were outlined and included:-

·         A lower carbon footprint

·         Greater efficiency

·         Removed the need for individual boilers

·         Helped to alleviate fuel poverty

 

A National portfolio document and National standards had been developed.  There were a number of schemes already underway across the country being carried out by Gateshead Council, Knowsley Council, Leeds City Council and Derwenthorpe Housing.  The range of roles in delivering and operating a heat network comprised private sector, public sector, a mixture of private and public and community company.

 

A map displaying the emerging network for Ashton town centre was shown to the Panel and would comprise of 22 connected buildings, including 6 public and 11 commercial, and would also include 2 energy centre locations.  A report detailing the preferred option was due to be submitted to the Council in due course.

 

RESOLVED:

That the presentation be noted.

4.

Update on Little Bill Communities Project

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Environmental Development.

Minutes:

The Head of Environmental Development provided an update on the ‘Little Bill Communities’ project.

 

It was reported that the project was now complete and had proved to be very successful.  External wall insulation had been installed at 80 households across Tameside and the Council had been the first of 19 Local Authorities (LA) to have completed 100% of its installations.

 

With regard to the Energy Company Obligations installs, it was reported that an offer was now available for a limited time.  Greater Manchester LA’s in conjunction with the energy company E.ON, were offering fully funded boilers, loft and cavity insulation to people who met the qualifying criteria.  The offer would be promoted throughout July via door knocking in areas of the borough, newspaper advertisements and local radio advertisements.

 

RESOLVED

That the information provided be noted.

5.

Low Carbon Planning

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Investment and Development.

Minutes:

The Head of Investment and Development gave a presentation on low carbon standards for new housebuilding.

 

The National policy was explained to the Panel and included Building Regulations (part L), National Planning Policy Framework, local standards to follow and risk of the local policy approach being rendered superfluous should amendments to the Planning and Energy Act 2008 be made as set out in the Deregulation Bill 2015.

 

The Greater Manchester (GM) and local policy included GM Spatial Framework, local plan, hierarchy of plans, evidence justification and viability and risks of being overtaken by National policy.

 

A table showing annual household energy costs by property type and broken down into three categories; Victorian houses, new builds (built to 2013 regulations) and future 2016 aspirations, highlighted that significant savings could be made by following the 2016 aspirations.  A cost benchmark for zero carbon homes was also outlined.

 

It was highlighted and discussed that a GM standard was needed, however, setting local standards was a complex process.

 

RESOLVED

That the content of the presentation be noted.

6.

Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2015-2020

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Environmental Development.

Minutes:

The Head of Environmental Development advised that the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2015-2020 was awaiting final sign off via the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

 

RESOLVED

That an update be provided at a future meeting of the Panel once the strategy had been signed off.

7.

Waste Services Update

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Waste Services.

Minutes:

The Waste Services Manager provided an update on waste services.  It was reported that recycling rates were 57% and the amount of recyclable material continued to increase and the amount of waste sent to landfill continued to decrease.

 

The next steps for the service were outlined and included, an increase in the frequency of the blue bin collection from three weekly to two weekly, charging for replacement bins, increased enforcement activity, a streamline in operational functions, growing the commercial waste business and a waste strategy.

 

RESOLVED

That the information provided be noted.

 

8.

Dates of Future Meetings

To note that future meetings of the Panel will be held at 10:00am on the following dates:-

 

8 September 2016

17 November 2016

12 January 2017

16 March 2017

Minutes:

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

 

8 September 2016

17 November 2016

12 January 2017

16 March 2017

9.

Urgent Items

To consider any additional items the Chair is of the opinion shall be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.