Council takes credit for work
ON October 23 the M.E.N. published an article in which Manchester council claimed to be taking action on climate change.
On the subject of traffic lights the article stated: “More than 56,000 street lights are being changed for low energy LED replacements at a cost of £32.8m over the next three years. Around 45,000 have been replaced so far and the council said this has also been funded through prudential borrowing. It is understood the council has worked with Salix Finance, a company that specialises in providing loans to the public sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills, on funding this scheme.”
I submitted a Freedom of Information request to the council, asking how much Salix Finance had received in consultancy fees, and what cost and CO2 savings were expected.
The reply came on November 21: “The council is not carrying out an LED traffic light replacement scheme. Traffic signalling in Manchester is managed and maintained by Transport for Greater Manchester.”
Manchester council is so desperate to give the impression of action that it will take credit for other organisations’ efforts. Do they think voters are stupid? Do they expect to deal with the climate emergency through such low trickery?
Marc Hudson, editor, Manchester Climate Monthly