CUMBRIA’S climate change credentials have come under the spotlight – just weeks after councillors backed a motion to cut carbon emissions.

In September, the county council unanimously agreed a motion calling on the Government to provide more support to councils to roll-out eco-initiatives.

But councillor John Mallinson complained at a meeting in Kendal on Thursday that IT staff had given a printer to a councillor which only printed single-sided copies, rather both sides.

And councillor Lawrence Fisher said council headquarters in Carlisle – opened in 2016 – lacked electric vehicle charging points.

Cllr Janet Willis, cabinet member for transformation, pledged to look into the issues. “Sometimes it’s the user, not the printer that struggles with that bit,” said Cllr Willis, the Liberal Democrat for Low Furness.

Council IT staff confirmed the printer did not print both sides, added Cllr Mallinson, the Conservative councillor for Houghton and Irthington.

Cllr David Southward, the cabinet member for property, said the charging points at Cumbria House only served Renault Zoes, but more were planned.

“We are looking at the whole car park system in Carlisle and Kendal and will be introducing electric car charging points,” said Cllr Southward, the Labour member for Egremont.

The council says it has taken a range of actions to reduce emissions.

This included cutting the waste sent to landfill and introducing low energy schemes in many buildings.

It also has low emission fleet vehicles and pool cars, and has installed LED street lighting.