Open letter to #Manchester councilors on abolished quarterly #climate “action” reports

Dear Councillor,

I am writing to you because you are a member of the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee, which is supposed to keep the Executive and the officers on their toes about well, lots of things.  My particular questions to you concern the Council’s now abolished quarterly climate action reports.  As you will no doubt know, the Executive Member for the Environment abolished these at the end of May.  After repeatedly seeking a comment from the Executive Member, she eventually replied by saying that she did indeed think it was the right decision and that it sent the right message about how seriously the Council takes climate change.

I have a few very simple questions

1. When did you become aware of the Executive Member for the Environment’s intention to abolish quarterly climate reports?

2. Do you think that Executive Members should be able to unilaterally decide what reports are and are not available to scrutiny committees?

3. Do you agree with her assessment that abolishing quarterly reports was the right decision and sends the right message about climate action urgency?

a. If so, what does that mean for the ability of the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee to do its job on climate change policy throughout the year?

b. If you do NOT agree with her assessment, how have you expressed your disagreement to her, and what – if anything – do you intend to do about it?

screengrab of nesc letterThis is an open letter, and if you go to manchesterclimatemonthly you will see I’ve created a table to show when you were emailed and if/when you replied with answers to those very straightforward questions, which don’t need long, waffly answers.


Oh, and on the subject of websites – this page about the NESC only has the links up until July. Nice way to run a democracy, eh?

First email (26 Nov)

Second email

Third email

What they said.

Councillor Lee-Ann Igbon (Chair)

Councillor Azra Ali

Councillor Paula Appleby

Councillor Abid Latif Chohan

Councillor John Flanagan

Councillor Andy Harland

Councillor Naeem Hassan

Councillor Tina Hewitson

Councillor John Hughes

Councillor William Jeavons

Councillor Richard Kilpatrick

Replied the same day (in about 20 minutes) Read his replies here.

Councillor Jon-Connor Lyons

Councillor Dzidra Noor

Councillor Julie Reid

Councillor Paula Sadler

Councillor Matt Strong

Councillor Gavin White

Councillor Annette Wright


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