Agenda item

ENERGY CRISIS

To consider the following Motion submitted by Councillor V Harvey: In light of the fact that the energy and cost of living crisis will be ongoing, this council will spend up to   £5000 to invest in a series of measures  to help residents  and local independent businesses reduce their costs for the long term. This will cover active support for    increased insulation, reduction of    energy usage, support for local food etc. This is the most long-term effective use of tax payers money to help residents and local businesses in the town. Short term financial help from the taxpayer without long term measures to reduce bills   is ultimately using taxpayers’ money for    dividends for shareholders in energy Companies

 

Working in partnership with CBC and in line with LLTC’s declaration of Climate Emergency, This Council will;

 

  1. Lead by example in its own buildings and activities by using a range of energy saving measures, from keeping doors shut to heating the buildings at a lower level where appropriate, more blinds/ curtains on the windows etc .
  2. Will create (working with partners) a list of energy saving tips, advice on insulating homes and businesses and installing low carbon and renewable energy for residents as well as a list of available grants to be posted on the LLTC  website
  3. Will create a list of local firms who install insulation, solar panels, heat pumps etc to go on the LLTC website
  4. Will put more staff time into managing allotments so that more residents   can grow their own food.
  5. Will draw up a plan for the next P&F 14th November 2022 as to the best way to help with the energy crisis such as; helping with access to affordable food such as allotments and working with the market traders, funding a programme of small scale insulation for the most vulnerable  in the town,  and working with businesses to roll  out  a widespread programme of insulation such as   magnetic   or rock wall  or such like. This plan will need to work in support of and complementary to the plans on the Climate Emergency. The plan will likely entail drawing down more funding from reserves and/or cutting other budgets in light of the energy crisis.

 

This plan of action will incur staff time/external resources and this money will be used to cover these additional costs as the Town Clerk deems most appropriate.

 

 

Minutes:

A motion was submitted to the Committee by Councillor Harvey regarding the ongoing energy crisis as well as the cost of living crisis:

 

In light of the fact that the energy and cost of living crisis will be ongoing, this council will spent up to  £5000 to invest in a series of measures to help residents and local independent businesses reduce their costs for the long term. This will cover active support for    increased insulation, reduction of    energy usage, support for local food etc. This is the most long term effective use of tax payers money to help residents and local businesses in the town. Short term financial help from the taxpayer without long term measures to reduce bills   is ultimately using taxpayers’ money for dividends for shareholders in energy Companies

Working in partnership with CBC and in line with LLTC’s declaration of Climate Emergency, This Council will;

1.         Lead by example in its own buildings and activities by using a range of energy saving measures, from keeping doors shut to heating the buildings at a lower level where appropriate, more blinds/ curtains on the windows etc .

2.         Will create (working with partners) a list of energy saving tips, advice on insulating homes and businesses and installing low carbon and renewable energy for residents as well as a list of available grants to be posted on the LLTC website

3.         Will create a list of local firms who install insulation, solar panels, heat pumps etc to go on the LLTC website

4.         Will put more staff time into managing allotments so that more residents   can grow their own food.

5.         Will draw up a plan for the next P&F 14th November 2022 as to the best way to help with the energy crisis such as; helping with access to affordable food such as allotments and working with the market traders, funding a programme of small scale insulation for the most vulnerable  in the town,  and working with businesses to roll  out  a widespread programme of insulation such as   magnetic   or rock wall  or such like. This plan will need to work in support of and complementary to the plans on the Climate Emergency. The plan will likely entail drawing down more funding from reserves and/or cutting other budgets in light of the energy crisis.

 

This plan of action will incur staff time/external resources and this money will be used to cover these additional costs as the Town Clerk deems most appropriate.

 

The Committee wholly supported the principle of the motion but felt more detail was needed and that it was important to tap into national sources of advice. An update from Central Bedfordshire Council was received and it was noted that neither council could endorse specific suppliers or providers. It was agreed that information and tips could be added to the Council’s website as soon as practically possible, including the links provided by the local authority.  In terms of providing a report to the next meeting of the committee, this would depend upon workload but officers would aim to bring something to that meeting, recognising that this was likely to require ongoing work. It was also noted that the fourth point regarding staffing was already due to be considered by the Personnel Sub-Committee.

 

RESOLVED:

i)          That this Council will lead by example in its own buildings and activities by using a range of energy saving measures.

ii)         To include information on the cost of living and energy crises on the Town Council website as soon as practicable.

iii)        To bring a report to a future committee meeting regarding the energy crisis.