“#Climate change at the centre of everything we do.” #Manchester City Council and its car park revenues…

This morning the Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee heard from Chloe Jeffries of Climate Emergency Manchester (full disclosure – Dr Jeffries is a friend, and we are both core group members of CEM).

CEM is campaigning for proper scrutiny of the City Council’s climate (in)actions. In their public pronouncements the Council’s elected leaders are forever proclaiming that climate change is at the heart of the Council’s decision-making.

A month ago, the City Council announced it was taking car parks back into their own control. A Freedom of Information Act request was submitted.

I think we all know where this is going. Last things first – here’s the final question.

4. Please provide any documentation where the Council tried to square the circle of needing income from these car parks with its declaration of a climate emergency and therefore trying to encourage people to use public transport which is, generally, less carbon intensive. Documentation might mean reports, minuted discussions etc. I mean, surely SOME discussion about this was held, at some time, between someone and someone else?
The Council do not hold this information.

Other questions I asked –

1. What were the “higher than anticipated costs” mentioned in the article which mean that “£4000,000 is shaved off the expected income”? Was this lawyers fees? Was the catering bill for the handing over ceremony unexpectedly high? Something else?
The higher than anticipated costs were for operating costs, Manchester City Council in its preliminary assessment used cost estimates to indicate what costs would be associated with bringing the operation of Off Street Car Parks in house. Later in the process, the estimates were replaced with actual operating costs and estimates revised.

2. Is this a decrease in anticipated income for EVERY year, i.e. the calculated income is now 4.1m instead of 4.5m?
The Council do not hold this information.

3. Has any assessment been done of how such errors in estimating costs can be avoided in future, since it isn’t as if the Council has a load of money to throw around.
The Council do not hold this information.

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2 Responses to “#Climate change at the centre of everything we do.” #Manchester City Council and its car park revenues…

  1. fgsjr2015 says:

    A notable move towards a renewable-energy industry economy has greater potential for both job creation AND maintaining them than does oil. The latter’s definitely on its way out.

    Still, it must be convenient for the oil industry to have such a large portion of society too tired and worried about feeding, housing and guarding their families against COVID-19 while on a substandard income to criticize it for the global environmental damage it causes, particularly when not immediately observable.

    About two years ago, Canada’s supposedly environmentally concerned Liberal government, besides tripling the diluted bitumen flow westward, gave the fossil fuel sector 12-fold the subsidization they allocated towards renewable energy innovation.

    This heavily lopsided doling must not reoccur.

  2. fgsjr2015 says:

    Whether it’s Europe’s hottest year on record, unprecedented wildfires in California/Cascadia, off-the-chart poor-air advisories, unprecedented stalling hurricanes, the mass deforestation and incineration of the Amazonian rainforest (home to a third of all known terrestrial plant, animal and insect species), record-breaking flooding in Europe, single-use plastics clogging life-bearing waters, a B.C. (2019) midsummer’s snowfall, the gradually dying endangered whale species or geologically invasive/destructive fracking or a myriad of other categories of large-scale toxic pollutant emissions and dumps—there’s discouragingly insufficient political courage/will to sufficiently address the cause-and-effect of manmade global warming and climate change.

    And, yes, I very much want to be proven wrong.

    To me, our existence has for too long been analogous to a cafeteria lineup consisting of diversely societally represented people, all adamantly arguing over which identifiable traditionally marginalized person should be at the front and, conversely, at the back of the line. Many of them further fight over to whom amongst them should go the last piece of quality pie and how much should they have to pay for it—all the while the interstellar spaceship on which they’re all permanently confined, owned and operated by (besides the most wealthy) the fossil fuel industry, is on fire and toxifying at locations not normally investigated.

    The latter is allowed to occur, because blue-shirted liberals and red-hatted conservatives are preoccupied loudly blasting each other for their politics and beliefs thus distracting attention from big business’s moral and ethical corruption, where it should be focused.

    Meanwhile, mindless arguments are made, and stupid-sounding catchphrases are uttered, like “It’s the economy, stupid!”

    In short, we’re distracting ourselves from our own burning and heavily polluting of our sole spaceship, Earth.

    What is sufficiently universal, however, is that the laborers are simply too exhausted and preoccupied with just barely feeding and housing their families on a substandard, if not below the poverty line, income to criticize the former for the great damage it’s doing to our planet’s natural environment and therefore our health, particularly when that damage may not be immediately observable.

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