The grassroots “People’s Environmental Scrutiny Team” has written an “implementation plan” on behalf of Manchester City Council. This follows two failed efforts by the Council’s own “Environmental Strategy Team” to write a plan. Both those attempts were rejected by councillors on the Council’s Economy Scrutiny Committee as insufficiently detailed.
We now want you to send the PEST “implementation report” to your three ward councillors (whether or not they sit on the Economy Scrutiny Committee or the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee, the two committees that are due to get a third official attempt from the Council’s own officers) and to any other councillors you know.
You can find the email addresses of your three ward councillors by putting in your postcode here.
You could send an email that went something like this –
I am sure you share my concern about climate change and sustainability. You may be aware that an “Environmental Sustainability Subgroup” of councillors met four times between August 2013 and January of this year. The subgroup came up with 18 recommendations, which were accepted by Neighbourhoods and Economy Scrutiny Committees in March. Unfortunately, two separate attempts by the Council’s “Environmental Strategy Team” to produce an implementation plan for making those 18 recommendations into a reality were failures. After the second rejection, the People’s Environmental Scrutiny Team, a new grass roots group, produced its own implementation plan around those 18 recommendations.
I would be very grateful if you would read it and comment, and – if you are on either the Neighbourhoods or Economy Scrutiny Committees – take it forward for discussion alongside the Strategy Team’s next version.
It’s true that climate change is a global problem, and that Manchester is only one city; but the Council – and the city – has made a series of commitments, and it needs to keep them in order to be ready for the enormous challenges ahead. Hopefully this grass roots implementation plan can speed the process a little.