Agenda and draft minutes

Climate Change Sub-Group
Tuesday 8th December 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Via Zoom

Contact: Jonah Anthony 

Media

Items
No. Item

32.

SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Members made in accordance with Council Procedure Rules.

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Minutes:

Councillor P.Hebden for Councillor S.Wrenn

 

33.

APOLOGIES

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor S.Wrenn.

34.

MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2020 (circulated separately).

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Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2020 were agreed as a correct record and noted by the Chairman.

35.

HERTFORDSHIRE CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERSHIP (HCCSP)

Update from the Portfolio Holder.

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The Executive Member (Governance, Public Health and Climate Change) advised the group that district councils within the county had spent the last six months determining a base line from which progress could be measured. Councillors were reminded the county had 4 key worksteams. These were:

 

1.    Carbon reduction

2.    Transport

3.    Water

4.    Biodiversity

 

It was noted that the Executive Member (Governance, Public Health and Climate Change) and Councillor Quenet had both attended the first HCCSP stakeholder event, held on Thursday 3 December.  Of particular note was a presentation from the Wildlife Trust.

 

The Executive Member (Governance, Public Health and Climate Change) and officers took the opportunity to update the group on the draft Welwyn Hatfiled Climate Change Strategy which had been published for consultation and had been sent to over 170 organisations. Members were invited to identify groups who should be engaged with and asked to publicise the consultation.

 

Members noted the need to provide alternative ways for different parts of the community to engage with the council on this issue, within the context of Covid-19 restrictions and resources available.

 

It was requested that the Council consider a virtual ‘town hall’ type event where interested parties can discuss the draft climate change strategy actions with officers.

36.

GOVERNMENT 10 POINT CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN pdf icon PDF 37 KB

This report looks at what Welwyn Hatfield and Hertfordshire might be able to do locally within the context of the Government’s recently published 10 point plan to tackle climate change.

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Minutes:

Members received a report from the Head of Planning on the Government’s new Ten Point Plan. The following points were raised by Members:

 

-        consideration should be given to what actions could be taken with new build projects to increase the level of low carbon heating technologies used as opposed to fossil fuel heating

-        the highlighting of ‘treeconomics’ was welcomed and more could be done in the borough, especially in Hatfield

-        biodiversity had been promoted around the borough, but more could be done and there may be merit in the council producing a local biodiversity action plan and providing funding to local civic groups to take action

-        Hertfordshire County Council should be encouraged to do more to increase public transport provisions

-        Consideration should be given to whether Welwyn Hatfield could put itself forward to host hydrogen neighbourhoods or become a hydrogen town

 

AGREED:

 

That the Climate Change Sub Group note the presentation.

37.

PUBLIC SECTOR DECARBONISATION SCHEME

Update from Head of Planning

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Members received a presentation from the Head of Planning on the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which the council was able to bid for funding to undertake decarbonisation projects.  Members noted that Officers were preparing potential bids and a report would be brought back to the group at the next meeting.

 

AGREED:

 

That the Climate Change Sub Group note the presentation and send through any thoughts directly to the Head of Planning.

38.

DATE OF FUTURE MEETING

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Members noted that this was yet to be set, but would take place in January 2021.

39.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Committee is asked to resolve:

 

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for Item 11 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100(A)(3) and Paragraphs 2 (Information likely to reveal the identity of an individual), and 6 (Statutory notice or order)  of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

 

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

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RESOLVED:

 

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for Item 11 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100(A)(3) and Paragraphs 2 (Information likely to reveal the identity of an individual), and 6 (Statutory notice or order)  of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

 

 

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

40.

ENE LOW CARBON BUSINESS GRANT SCHEME

The council has signed a Service Level Agreement with the University Of East London (UEL) agreeing to be a delivery partner of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) ERDF project which is a large low carbon project building a stronger local energy and low carbon economy. The Climate Change Panel is asked to consider the proposed process and criteria for providing the grants ahead of consideration and approval by Cabinet.

Minutes:

The following item of an exempt nature were considered

 

ENE Low Carbon Business Grant Scheme

 

Exempt report of the Corporate Director ((Public Protection, Planning and

Governance) on the proposed process and criteria for providing grants to small and medium sized enterprises to undertake carbon reduction measures. The group was asked to consider the report ahead of consideration and approval by Cabinet.

 

 

AGREED

 

That the Climate Change Sub Group note the report and that the report should go forward for consideration and approval by Cabinet.