This below was sent to email@example.com yesterday…
I am writing to request information about the City Council’s climate change policy.
I used to live in Moss Side. I now live in “Whalley Range”, at least according to the boundaries – changed without consultation – shifted by the Council. So my three councillors include Councillor Stogia, who is the Executive Member for the Environment.
I today received an unsolicited letter from the good Councillor, in which the Labour party claims, among other things to be
“taking urgent action on the effects of climate change and pollution”.
This left me in a state of some bewilderment, since I happen to know that Councillor Stogia cancelled the quarterly carbon reduction reports that the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee instituted in 2014.
My requests are these
a) please provide copies of minutes of all meetings/discussions in which Manchester City Council officials and members discussed – among themselves or with third parties – taking new “urgent action” on climate change since September 2018 when the IPCC released its 1.5 degrees report. I am specifically interested in discussions around bringing the putative “zero-carbon” date forward to, say, 2030
b) Since January 1st 2018, what climate adaptation projects have taken place in Moss Side and Whalley Range wards. When did these projects take place? How much money was spent? Who was consulted, how? What were the outcomes?
c) Since January 1st 2018, what specific actions have been taken to reduce air pollution in Whalley Range and Moss Side wards. When did these projects take place? How much money was spent? Who was consulted, how? What were the outcomes?
Also, who do I talk to about election claims which I believe to be misleading?
Please consider this a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000