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Apologies were received from Councillor Khondoker.
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Order of Business
The order of business would be as per the agenda.
The Chair invited both the
Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny
Committee, Councillor Champion and The Corporate Director of
Environment and Regeneration to address the meeting and give a
presentation, a copy of which is interleaved. The following main
points were made:
· Councillor Champion, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration acknowledged the challenges and opportunities in the last year, reiterating the Council’s commitment in building a greener, healthier and fairer borough for all its residents
· It was noted that the pandemic has further exposed deep and entrenched inequalities which underlines the need for urgent action to address inequality and health inequality in Islington.
Despite an almost unprecedented global economic
slowdown, last year has witnessed the second hottest year on
record, further underlining the urgent need to take action to
combat global warming and climate change.
· Executive Member acknowledged that prior to national lockdown in March 2020, the Council was engaging with local people and organisations on its draft Vision 2030: Building a Net Zero Carbon Islington by 2030 Strategy, however this has now been agreed alongside the Council’s new Transport Strategy and Biodiversity Action Plan in November 2020.
A new delivery team has been created within a new
Climate Change and Transport Service.
The Executive Member noted that 2021 has not just
been about adopting the Strategy and preparing Action Plan, the
Council has made significant strides in terms of delivering its
2030 Vision by continuing to deliver initiatives such as School
streets, Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and Cycle lanes etc. In
addition, Council has commenced work on its ambitious programme to
improve the energy efficiency of council homes and buildings;
ensuring electric vehicles make up 10% of the council fleet and
developing ambitious and robust planning policies to ensure the
highest possible environmental standards for all new buildings in
Executive Member acknowledged that in delivering its
Action Plan, the Council will be investing £48 million over
the next three years.
The Corporate Director reiterated that carbon
emissions for Islington as a borough is presently 679,589 tonnes,
representing a reduction of 42% since 2015.
The Council has categorised its proposed commitments
and actions as to what the Council can commit to immediately and
actions to take; what the Council see as potential commitments but
will require further investigation before committing to and what
the Council will need from others so as to be able to achieve its
net zero target, including funding, powers and
It was noted that this period is an opportunity to
deliver a transformative reduction in carbon emission in the
borough and this can be achieved through collaboration with
residents, local communities and borough and regional
Meeting was advised that the programme has eight
delivery work streams and the Council has invested additional
resources to make it happen. The Corporate Director reiterated the
importance of the Council developing a governance arrangements for
councillor scrutiny and engagement, borough partnerships and
engagements and regional and national working.
· The Council continues to build on existing partnerships ... view the full minutes text for item 448.
For members of the public to ask questions relating to any subject on the meeting agenda under Procedure Rule 70.5. Alternatively, the Chair may opt to accept questions from the public during the discussion on each agenda item.
In response to concerns and the
possibility of the Council’s being able to meet its 2030
target, it was suggested by the Executive Member that it is
imperative that communication with residents will need to be
With regards to Council’s
commitment on planting trees, the meeting was advised that the
current canopy (target) is presently 27% but the Council has a
target of 30% which is a significant shift.
In terms of the huge investment required by both the private and public sector in other to fulfil most of the green initiatives highlighted in the Strategy, the meeting was advised that the Council in conjunction with other authorities via the London Climate Change Programme is working on an investment strategy which will be presented to central government.
A suggestion to involve schools
and colleges as they have a vital role to play was noted, that
curriculums should reflect the Council’s target.
In response to a question about TMO’s, TRA’s and Co-op’s and its involvement with green initiative, meeting was advised that the Council recognises the need to work with them and will include them with the Council’s plans
On whether support is available
to home owners or if they would be able to access or benefit from
some of the green initiatives, meeting was advised that the council
will continue to lobby government to be more flexible in this area
especially as different criteria exists for different