Cuts to the mayor’s climate change fund will secure more ‘bang for our buck’ according to environment portfolio holder Charles Royden.
Last week it was revealed that Bedford Borough Council has proposed £8.7million in cuts as part of a programme of government imposed savings.
The savings include a 50 per cent slash to the Mayor’s climate change fund, which supports projects such as solar panels for schools.
And this week Charles Royden, portfolio holder for the environment at Borough Hall claimed that the council is still committed to reducing climate change, and that projects would now be directed to the government’s Green Deal initiative.
He said: “We are diverting funds to get the best bang for our buck and the Green Deal is what the government is now promoting.
“In may ward we put solar panels in three schools, and if you look at Borough Hall we have made lots of savings which have also reduced our carbon footprint. Silly things like Dyson hand dryers which save over £16,000 a year.”
He added: “I don’t think any council anywhere has anything resembling a Mayor’s climate change fund. We are keeping half the fund going and we hope that the Green Deal is going to be a brilliant and innovative way to help secure funds for new technologies.”
The Green Deal is a government initiative which intends to reduce carbon emissions cost effectively by revolutionising the energy efficiency of British properties.
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