Venue: Virtual Meeting
Contact: Susan Lightwing
Declarations of Interest
any declarations of interest.
no declarations of interest received at this point in the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting of the Economic Development, Environment and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 9 March 2022 were taken as read and approved as a correct record.
RECOMMENDATION: That the Panel considers
the content of the draft Final Report and agrees conclusions and
recommendations for submission to the Executive.
A copy of the Draft Final Report on Middlesbrough Council’s Green Strategy had been circulated with the agenda.
Members discussed the information provided and suggested
recommendations for inclusion in the Final Report.
1. the following conclusions
were approved for inclusion in the report:
A) TERM OF REFERENCE A
examine the Council’s proposals to meet Government targets for greenhouse gas
emissions, make Middlesbrough more climate resilient, and minimise the
environmental impact of services.
a climate crisis in 2019, Middlesbrough Council set out a ten year plan to take
the lead on environmental issues, become net carbon neutral by 2029 and ensure
the town is net carbon neutral by 2029.
Green Strategy, based on the ten One Planet Living principles, will help the
Council achieve its aims, along with Government targets, by taking sustained action on
environmental improvements, standards and awareness, community cohesion,
culture, wildlife, landscape, travel, materials, consumables, waste and carbon energy.
During the first year
of the Green Strategy Action Plan, amongst other achievements, there have been
many biodiversity improvements throughout the town, a Big Green Week of action
in September 2021, a carbon audit of the Council’s vehicle fleet, and
an awareness and education programme introduced to boost recycling rates.
. B) TERM OF REFERENCE B
To investigate in detail the following elements of
Middlesbrough Council’s Green Strategy Action Plan:
• Land Use and Wildlife
• Culture and Communities
• Sustainable Transport
All three Action
Groups have identified key areas for action and are developing initiatives that
contribute to Middlesbrough becoming a greener and more sustainable place to
From the evidence
presented, it is acknowledged that for the Council to achieve many of its green ambitions, community awareness and
engagement must be encouraged and improved.
Middlesbrough Council needs to lead by example and ensure that the Green
Strategy is embedded in, and promoted by, everything that it does. There are several long-established community
groups working hard on environmental issues in the town that could benefit from
additional volunteers and publicity.
The introduction of
measures such as the Local Implementation Plan (LIP), additional Electric
Vehicle Charging Points (EVCPs), Travel Planning Service, Bus Service
Improvement Partnership (BSIP) and the Council’s new Infrastructure Plan, will
aid the move to more sustainable travel around Middlesbrough and the Tees
Valley. It was however recognised that
there was still more action that needed to be taken in respect of improving
public transport and encouraging modal shift and that there were no easy
solutions. Similarly it was noted that
the technologies associated with electric vehicles were still evolving and the
TVCA’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Project would not necessarily
meet the demand for EVCPs within the Tees Valley.
TERM OF REFERENCE C
To identify and investigate examples of best practice that can
be adopted in Middlesbrough.
Sheffield City Council’s Grey to Green Strategy and Sandwell Metropolitan Council’s West Bromwich Market Outdoor Market project provided the Panel with ideas that could be potentially be adopted in Middlesbrough. As ... view the full minutes text for item 21/70
Overview and Scrutiny Board Update
The Chair will provide a verbal update on matters considered at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 23 March 2022.
The Chair provided a verbal update on the Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held on 23 March 2022.
Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered
As this was the last scheduled meeting of the Economic Development, Environment and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel of the Municipal Year, the Chair thanked all present for their attendance and contributions during the last year.