Reviewing trees

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A visit to the City Council’s security camera centre at The Woodlands, to see that digital cameras provide much better images than analogue cameras – we’re planning to replace 4 of ours – and to see where trees could be pruned to improve the cameras’ views.
More anon.

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No extra cleaner air plan required

For some time, Nottingham was being picked out for projected increases in NO2 and extra plans to tackle it was being expected.
But it seemed odd given it was based on the projected growth of distance covered by cars in the city – and our public transport continues to attract custom.
A motion to do more was adopted at full council.
But the biggest thing we can do is in planning.  Two mantras – “cities are good for us” and “put mass transport first”.
Agglomeration – reducing the need for people to travel by bringing people’s homes, work, education and recreation closer together.
Putting mass transport first – and given the ability to expand the tram network seems so far off, we must not do anything that hits at the viability of the bus.
Meanwhile, the Conservative government announcement of measures such as electric car recharging form lampposts by 2040 pails into insignificance against plans of other countries such as the Netherlands who plan to cease the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2025, and to start making progress on that through focussing on companies’ car fleets.

Full council – July 2018

We got as far as the minutes of the May meeting before the Conservatives started raising concerns – ‘the minutes were accurate but misleading’.  And they ‘didn’t contain answers to all the supplementary questions’.  A full 8 weeks since the last full council, and they hadn’t thought to correspond.
They then proceeded to tell Labour that we didn’t know how to run things.  Seemingly on the edge of welcoming Robin Hood Energy now that it had broken into surplus and is estimated to be worth £30 million as a business, and recognising how they thought such surpluses could reduce the Council tax; then saying it had all be done wrong and slightly surreal to hear the Conservatives talk about European regulations whilst Boris Johnson was leaving the government.

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Meanwhile, Labour was focussed on bigger issues than minutes –
– the concerns about the roll-out of Universal Credit depriving local people, putting them 4 weeks behind in payments; and being found to cost more to process than the existing benefits;
– the inability to build the houses people want cos of restrictions on use of right to but money;
– cleaner air;
– mental health, with a motion upon which one Conservative voted for and one abstained.

Robin Hood Energy into surplus and to go green

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Robin Hood Energy has made an operating surplus in its third year of trading.- a trading surplus of £202,000.
Launched in September 2015, Robin Hood Energy is the first local authority owned, not for profit, energy company.
The company has over 115,000 customers and is valued at around £30million – well in excess of the Council’s original investment. Set up with the aim of tackling fuel poverty, Robin Hood Energy will:
– Voluntarily enter arrangements to offer the Warm Home Discount, for older people, and those on low incomes.
– Protect tariff rates for Nottingham City prepayment customers.
– Go Green – Robin Hood Energy will be switching all of their electricity to be supplied from renewable sources certified as being provided by UK based Wind and Solar projects (in mid-July).