Manchester City Council is disbanding its “Environmental Strategy Team. The spin – and I hope you are sitting down and not eating anything that you might choke on as you read this – is that environmental thinking is now embedded throughout the council, so the EST’s individual members can be sent out to continue the good work.
It does not appear that the Neighbourhoods “Scrutiny” Committee, which is supposed to keep tabs on all matters environmental was informed, let along formally consulted. That’s just how the bosses roll…
We’ve asked the Relevant Authority for a statement about who
“will be overseeing the Council’s various environmental strategies such as
a) the Biodiversity Action Plan, which expires in 2016. Will there be another one?
b) the new “Green and Blue Strategy” – who will oversee that?
and, of course
c) the Low Carbon Plan with its 2020 targets.
Who will be producing reports that are presented to Scrutiny Committees and who will be producing the Quarterly progress reports on the Council’s Carbon Reduction Plan 2014-17”
However, given how long it is taking to get basic information (even when you use the Freedom of Information Act – to which the council is legally obliged to respond within 20 working days), MCFly felt that waiting for the answer might mean we didn’t publishing before February… 2016.
MCFly says: this really is no great loss, given the extremely low quality output from this outfit. If you take a long view, it might even be beneficial, in that new talent might now be attracted to come and work on environmental issues in Manchester without the fear that they are would be stuck under a level of crusted on bureaucracy. That said, the REAL long view is that “devolution” is coming, and that lots of decisions are going to be pushed up to the even-less-accountable Greater Manchester level. In that process, lots of awkward promises (“low carbon culture” for instance) will be forgotten/airbrushed out of history.
We’re toast, basically, with the stay-or-go of the Environmental Strategy Team an amusing irrelevance.