If you didn’t already sign the open letter to the Council
either send firstname.lastname@example.org an email with your name and ward e’g. “Joe Bloggs, Harpurhey” in the subject header or use this form.
and encourage your friends, family and work colleagues to do the same.
And if you have time, email the Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Kate Chappell email@example.com and tell her you want to these actions happen. (If there are some you think are wrong/don’t matter, say so. If there are others you think should be on there, say so!)
It would be great if you also cced your three ward councillors [find them by entering your postcode here and also us – firstname.lastname@example.org]
One of the problems the Council faces is turning outline strategies into action. There’s a stage between that talking big and doing lots where they have to write an “implementation plan”. That can take a LONG time (the Greater Manchester Climate Strategy implementation plan was promised and delayed for yonks).
So, one of the dangers for the “9 Actions” letter is that the Council could say “in principle, yes” and then take, like, 4evs to come up with an implementation plan.
Well, that won’t happen because a 28 page implementation plan (if you include the preamble and a couple of appendices) has been written and sent to the Relevant Authorities. You can download it (as a word doc) here. Of course,your comments are very welcome. You can also see slightly earlier versions of the implementation plans per action under the 9 actions tab near the left of the black menu, and leave comments on those pages.
The idea is that we work with the Council to make these 9 actions – and others – happen as quickly and cheaply and effectively as possible, in ways that build our capacity to act rather than exhaust it.
For this service – the writing of an implementation plan – the Council will be receiving an invoice for the princely sum … of £0.00. #servicewithasmileorsnarldepending
Finally (!), please put Tues 25th February in your diary. We meet from 6.30pm onwards (but come when you can for as long as you want) at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St. It will be a genuinely interactive meeting, all about your skills and your hopes for taking action. If you cannot come, don’t worry, you can still be involved! Email email@example.com and we will work with you on how that can happen.