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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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£127,000 plan for climate change by Allerdale council

ABOUT £127,000 will be spent by Allerdale council to tackle climate change if plans are approved on Wednesday.

 

Councillors will be asked to approve recommendations to sign up to the county’s climate change commitment and action plan to reduce its carbon footprint.

A report by Peter Daley, environmental health unit manager, said signing up to the agreement would have considerable resource implications.

A one-off £36,000 would be used for training and public engagement, temporary staff and to alter planning policies.

About £27,000 would be needed for a save energy fund for its buildings and £30,000 for its leisure centres, and £33,380 would also be paid out, which includes the costs for a new temporary climate control officer.

Mr Daley added that extra costs that could not be quantified included extra staff time and further cash to be spent on increasing energy efficiency.

The report, which was backed by the ruling executive, does not explain what the role of the climate change officer would be, but Mr Daley said the job would have to be evaluated.

An Allerdale spokesman said a job description would only be drawn up if full council approved the recommendations.

The Government will contribute £21,500 a year to battle climate change.

At the meeting, at The Wave in Maryport from 7pm, councillors will also consider the introduction of charges for businesses to have their metal cans and glass collected for recycling, which have also been recommended for approval.

Landlords will be charged £9.22 for the collection of a 1,100-litre container of glass and £12.05 for the collection of a metal cans container of the same size.

The cost of a paper collection from commercial premises will also rise to £9.11 from £6.34 under the proposals.

The council report said: “The proposed pricing system has tried to accommodate the need for commercial waste recycling, but also reflect the need to receive a valuable income stream to support the resource applied to this service.”

It also recommends that no charge should be made where the recycling facilities are made available to the local community.

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