Thursday, 23 September 2010
Council's Controversial Carbon Policy
I have to admit an interest here as this is my council who demand my council tax payment each month.
Last week a staff travel plan 'to encourage local authority staff to reduce their carbon footprint' was given the go-ahead, although not without a heated debate. The yearly cost of this project will be £10,000.
The plan is an attempt to encourage council employees, based in the city of Perth, to cycle, walk, take public transport and to car-share when getting to and from work. As well as the 'potential environmental implications it aims to boost PKC workers' health and well-being'. Prominent local employers such as Scottish and Southern Energy and Aviva are also creating plans for their employees.
Many of you will not be surprised to know I strongly object to this money being spent on such a project. Already council and NHS staff receive large discounts at a local private health club - one which offered pensioners no discount - and I consider the method by which council staff travel to work is their personal choice.
Council leader Ian Miller, a normally sensible and courteous man, described the move to reject the document as an "attempt to grab a cheap headline," adding, "I can assure them that sitting back and doing nothing on this issue is not an option."
If doing nothing is not an option Cllr Miller, why don't you spend the money on improving the health and well-being of those older people who live in rural communities which have poor public transport links to Perth? Or another option would be to tear up the document because you must realise the carbon footprint issue is a scam.