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Contact: Charlotte Forrest, Senior Democratic Services Officer  0161 342 2346 or Email: charlotte.forrest@tameside.gov.uk

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31.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

32.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 57 KB

The Minutes of the meeting of the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel held on 12 January 2017 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 12 January 2017 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

33.

Green Travel

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Assistant Executive Director of Environmental Services.

Minutes:

The Assistant Executive Director - Environmental Services gave a presentation on Cycling Schemes and projects within Tameside.  The Council and Transport for Greater Manchester had bid for several sources of funding to provide new and improve existing cycling infrastructure across the Borough.

 

Local Sustainable Transport Fund improvements had been made to the Peak Forest Canal Towpath from Ashton to Hyde and Stockport by widening and resurfacing the towpath and improving access to the canal for both cyclists and pedestrians.  Ashton Greenway, in-between Ashton and Oldham, had also been resurfaced.

 

A Cycle City Ambition Grant had improved links between Ashton, Guide Bridge and Audenshaw and there were plans to develop infrastructure between Ashton, Audenshaw, Droylsden and Manchester, including the velodrome.  Stage One had seen cycle crossing facilities with low level signals installed on Oldham Road and Cavendish Street/Water Street, which were the first installations outside London.  A shared cycle lane and footway had been created on Guide Lane.  A further cycle crossing facility was proposed at Stamford Street and a shared cycle lane/footpath was planned on Rassbottom Street.

 

The second stage of the Cycle City Ambition Grant had seen improvements to Lumb Clough and provided a link to Sunnybank Vale with signage and road markings on the residential streets to guide cyclists.  A cycle track would be constructed through Sunnybank Vale between Edge Lane and Clock House Avenue, a shared cycle lane/footway would be created on Edge Lane with a crossing facility to link to the Manchester Route.  Kershaw Lane and a section of the route along Ashton Canal to Fairfield Station had been resurfaced to improve access to the canal.  Construction of a lit cycle track between Snipe Retail Park and Slate Lane with surfacing improvements was planned.  Links were now in place from Slate Lane to Ashton Canal Towpath and onto Fairfield Station.  Options were being explored to connect Ashton Canal to an existing cycle track on Moorside Street and to widen an existing path from Lumb Clough to Moorside Street with a parallel pedestrian and cycle ‘tiger’ crossing.

 

Other works included improved cycle facilities on Park Parade as part of the ‘pinch point’ scheme at the two roundabouts with signals, protected cycle lanes and toucan crossings.  Sustrans had also carried out work within the Borough including resurfacing Ashton Canal from Portland Basin to Manchester, an improved towpath route from Stockport to Manchester via Hyde and Portland Basin and an intention to provide ramped access to the Ashton Canal towpath in Guide Bridge to other existing cycle facilities.

 

Partnership work with Droylsden Academy had seen improvements to infrastructure in the vicinity of the school such as the construction of a cycle lane/footpath between Greenside Lane and Ash Road and resurfacing and widening work of an existing path between Ash Road and Lewis Road.  Future work was planned with West Hill School to improve facilities within the school grounds and the Council was looking at potential improvements to support schools aspirations.

 

A series of photographs and maps of planned works  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

34.

LED Street Lighting Update

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Environmental Services (Design and Delivery).

Minutes:

The Head of Environmental Services (Design and Delivery), gave an update on the roll out of LED lighting across the Borough.  An LED lantern was shown and key features of the lantern were explained to the Panel.

 

Details were given of savings in energy consumption and CO2, with comparisons between a standard lantern and an LED lantern, and the associated costs.  The total cost savings for 17,000 lanterns in residential areas was over £451,000.  The Capital investment costs were also outlined.  The Panel were informed that the costs of replacing lanterns on the Borough’s main highways would be closely monitored.

 

It was reported that a tendering exercise had taken place, a supplier had been appointed, designs had been progressed for each area and an in-house installation programme had commenced with over 9,000 lanterns installed to date.  A further 7,705 lanterns would be installed during 2017/18. 

 

Comparison photographs were shown, which highlighted the differences between traditional lampposts and their LED replacements.  The main changes were LED’s offered less light pollution and were more targeted at lighting the highway with better light recognition.  Existing columns had been utilised for the new LED lanterns and there had been some comments from residents that the street was too bright, too dark and some properties were lit with light pollution through windows.  Shields had been installed in response, an example of which was shown to the Panel.

 

Members requested a list of roads and dates of the LED lantern roll out and for increased publicity around the savings and the reduction in the Council’s carbon footprint that had been achieved via the replacement project.  A programme of works would be circulated to Members and the team would work with the Communications team to raise awareness of the savings.  It was confirmed that new housing developments would use LED lanterns.

 

RESOLVED:

That the information provided be noted.

35.

Tameside Decentralised Energy Update

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Environmental Strategy Officer.

Minutes:

The Environmental Development Officer provided an update on the decentralised energy study for Tameside, which provided an evidence based understanding of local feasibility and the potential for renewable and low carbon energy technologies.

 

With regards to wind energy the study had filtered the opportunities for wind into three categories: clusters of large turbines with wind speeds greater than 6.5 metres a second; large scale single turbines with a wind speed greater than 5.5 metres a second and small to medium sized turbines with a wind speed greater than 4.5 metres a second.  A cluster site had been identified in Hollingworth, however, investigations revealed it was on a flight path and was not viable.  An AGMA funded study had identified 22 small scale sites and 2 medium sites, however, subsidies were scrapped from April 2016 for projects that did not already have planning permission and changes around planning permission meant that proposed sites needed to be included in a local plan.

 

Urbed’ had used the Environment Agency’s hydropower mapping database to identify possible weir locations across Tameside.  A site had been identified on the river Etherow near Hodge Lane in Broadbottom, however access issues meant that the scheme could not progress.  Further investigations were carried out with a different company but proved to be unviable.

 

Solar panels had been installed at Stalybridge Civic Centre in 2012 and options were investigated to roll out solar panels across Council buildings.  Reductions in subsidies began in 2012, which coincided with the drive to reduce the number of Council owned buildings and the programme was put on hold.  There had been a renewed appetite for solar panels across some of the Greater Manchester authorities and any developments would be relayed to the Panel.

 

Members enquired if the hydropower project in Broadbottom would be revisited.  Recent enquires had been made into a possible smaller alternative to the Archimedes screw and it was confirmed that companies were regularly scanning the borough for possible business opportunities, which, if one arose, would be presented to the Council.

 

RESOLVED:

That the information provided be noted.

36.

Tidal Lagoon - Swansea Bay

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Environmental Strategy Officer.

Minutes:

The Project Support Officer gave a presentation on Tidal Barrage projects.

 

It was reported that the Swansea Tidal Lagoon had been backed by a government-commissioned review.  The Lagoon would be six miles long and gates would allow the incoming tide to fill the lagoon, which would turn the turbines and generate electricity.  A video was shown to the Panel explaining the process.  The turbines would generate electricity on both incoming and outgoing tides and produce power for up to 14 hours each day and generate electricity for 155,000 homes for the next 120 years.

 

Once a marine licence had been approved the project would commence in 2018 and take four years to complete with power being generated in the third year.  It was planned to turn the project into a tourist attraction with promenade walkways, cycle paths, fishing platforms and a visitor centre.  Once completed other larger lagoons would follow in Cardiff, Newport, Bridgwater Bay, Colwyn Bay and West Cumbria.

 

A tidal barrage was also planned on the Wyre estuary in Lancashire between Fleetwood and Knott’s End.  The project comprised a 160MW tidal power plant capable of producing 400GWh of carbon-free power each year, which would also offer flood protection.

 

RESOLVED:

That the content of the presentation be noted.

37.

Waste Services Update

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Environmental Services (Waste Management).

Minutes:

The Waste Services Manager provided an update on waste services.  Tameside MBC had the third highest recycling rate in the North West and was expecting to have the second highest rate during 2017/18 with a target recycling rate of 60%.

 

He explained that recycling rates had fallen nationally and the percentage of recycled household waste, currently 43.9%, had dropped to 2012 levels.  Despite this, the levels of recycling in Tameside continued to rise and the frequency of blue bin collections would increase from three weekly to fortnightly from 20 March 2017, which would have a positive impact on the amount of recyclable material.  Leaflets explaining the change had been distributed to all residents in Tameside alongside a reminder of what could be placed in each bin.

 

The service had adopted a three pronged approach; restricting access to landfill, education and enforcement.  During January and February 2017, 57 waste related FPN’s had been issued and 30 had been paid.  The service had visited 693 jobs and removed 109 tonnes of waste.  Work was continuing on increasing the functionality of the ‘Waste App’, there was a phased delivery of new bin wagons and work would continue on rebalancing round reviews.

 

RESOLVED:

That the information provided be noted.

38.

Urgent Items

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

Minutes:

The Chair agreed to accept the following item as an urgent item due to time constraints:-

 

Fuel Poverty Scheme

The Environmental Development Officer explained that they were looking to trial a fully funded project that would assist people who were either in or at risk of falling into fuel poverty who had been referred on to the Local Energy Advice Programme.  Once referred a highly-trained helper carried out a home visit and a thorough assessment of the home and delivered help immediately, which included:-

 

·         Installing a range of simple measures (radiator panels, LED light bulbs, draught proofing for doors, windows and letterboxes, cylinder jackets, pipe lagging).

·         Providing energy efficiency advice and training on the use of heating controllers.

·         Organising the installation of a new heating controller where it was inadequate or broken.

·         Identifying larger energy efficiency measures that would improve the property where ECO funding was available (arranged after the visit).

·         Looking at the potential for savings from switching energy supplier and helping the resident to switch if required.

·         Checking whether the resident wanted income maximisation advice and if so organising this.

·         Identifying other hazards and vulnerabilities in the home and making a referral onto the appropriate department or agency.

 

If appropriate, the householder could be referred on to an income maximisation service, which was delivered by telephone.  This involved a comprehensive review of the household’s finances and circumstances to see what extra income could be unlocked through benefits, tax credits and/or charitable grants; what bill reductions could be found through budgeting advice and energy and water bill support; and what debt advice was needed to help deal with debts.

 

The Local Energy Advice Programme assessor would also refer on to any other local services as advised.

 

RESOLVED:

That the Panel support the pilot scheme.