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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Peterborough City Council vision for La La Land right up to 2050....

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The Peterborough Tribune must admit that when Conservative Cllr Irene Walsh starts banging on about 'Environment Capital'- originally a PR campaign thought up by BT many, many, moons ago - the vision starts to go, and we have to check if there are any trees left in Bridge Street, and if they have replaced the newly planted dead ones along Bourges Boulevard (answer NO). Perhaps a Bottle Bank or two might be a good idea, as we keep running into the good lady in the Sainsbury wine and beer aisles? Or how about the £40,000 PCC plastic Christmas Tree which then requires an annual £10k crane and people hire to assemble and take down the eyesore?

Whilst doing the tree counting, we missed this outrageously daft publicity puff not so widely distributed by the good lady, to justify her clutch of portfolios and no doubt will form the central plank of her future election literature, which we sincerely hope will be fully audited and financially inclusive this time around.

The  closing date for the consultation has now mercifully closed so anything we say on here will not influence the outcome, one jot. Ideally the whole ridiculous money burning black hole should be immediately dumped, and the costs avoided used to reduce the PCC debt mountain.  Let's face it the PCC even sacked the dustmen AMEC to save just £100k.   

But this vision of pre-BREXIT Utopia or 'La La Land' set out below is allegedly what Cllr Irene Walsh is promoting, what is clear that these so called action plans will never ever see the light of day. The PCC cannot even keep on top of fly-tipping or dog mess! It just needs Cllr Walsh to be brave enough to see though the sham, and close it all down, saving the City a fortune, giving them additional council time to debate more pressing matters for the current term, but there again she'd lose out on a handy revenue stream, to pad out the white handbag, but possibly gain a few brownie points :

Peterborough People are being urged to have their say on two action plans that set out Peterborough's vision to live within the resources of one planet by 2050.

The first plan sets out environmental and sustainability targets for the city as a whole and the second plan focuses on activities that can be specifically be undertaken by Peterborough City Council.

The action plans are based on the internationally recognised concept of living within the resources of one planet; setting out a vision of a sustainable world where people lead happy and healthy lives within their fair share of the Earth's resources.

The plans are broken down into ten areas, each containing a vision to be achieved by 2050. Environmental targets include cutting carbon emissions, energy and water use, improving sustainable transport and increasing recycling.

Other targets include creating a high skilled/low poverty economy and improving the health and well-being of residents.

The council, which has a leading role in the project, is urging residents and businesses to look at the plans and share their views as part of a consultation.

Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities and environment capital, said: "As well as being action plans to foster healthier and happier lives, they support economic prosperity and security for residents, helping to generate stronger, cohesive and supportive communities. Achieving this helps to improve the local environment and contributes to minimising and mitigating against the effects of climate change.

"We have already seen some fantastic achievements against the targets set in the original plan, so we want to push ourselves even further now.

"We need the support of the people of Peterborough if we are to achieve our ambition and this is another important step along that path."

Environmental targets for 2016 were initially set in 2014. These have now been revised following progress made to date with new targets put in place for 2020 ..... E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581

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