Coun­cil takes credit for work

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

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

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