News from West Hertfordshire

Insulation by 2030

COP out on insulation!

Dacorum's Environment Committee this week (2nd Nov) witnessed a missed opportunity, even while COP26 is all over our screens. The Dacorum Borough Council Climate Report - in the context of an emergency DBC Councillors themselves has recognised for 27 months - is desperately lacking on measurable actual Carbon reduction by this Council. The most important part of the report was buried in Appendix 2, point 7. What is Dacorum doing about insulating our social housing? There is an admission that by 2030 only 90% of this key early task will have been done. Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson Cllr England called for the Council's own headline approach "Fabric first" to mean something and make urgent progress: "This plan does not say nearly enough about what will be done in the next five years. Aiming for only 90% by 2030 on "fabric first" is failure of itself. And as for not introducing climate-friendly heating until AFTER 2030? There MUST be a commitment to introduce non-fossil-fuel heating wher

5 Nov 2021
The Dais at DBC 15th Sept 2021 - captioned

Dacorum Live and Direct - on YouTube

Last Wednesday night it finally became much easier to see what Dacorum is doing and how local decision-making works. After some years of campaigning by Lib Dems, Dacorum took a step into the open by streaming "Full Council", 15th September 2021, live on YouTube. The two-hour evening meeting saw brief verbal reports from the Deputy Leader of the Council and six Cabinet Portfolios, each followed by 10 minutes of questioning, with the other 43 Councillors asking pairs of "question and follow-up" to the Cabinet. Then came the main event, with a debate opened by Lib Dem Co-Deputy Leader Cllr Adrian England, centred on the forthcoming Climate Conference COP26 and a proposal that Dacorum write to Ministers, to ask that Central Govt acts urgently on workforce shortages and scaling-up of plans for insulating more homes. Conservatives supported the Motion and Cabinet Portfolio-holder for Environment Cllr Graham Barrett seconded, so, unusually, there was unanimous agreement - important given the urgency and importa

16 Sep 2021
Word Cloud of DBC R18 Consult

Lib Dems welcome Cabinet decision to defer Plan Publication and will maintain pressure to re-run Public Consultation

Following the recent committee meeting in which Lib Dems pushed for a delay of Reg 19, DBC Cabinet has voted to defer Regulation 19*. Cllr Sheron Wilkie (Lib Dem, Tring Central) welcomed the decision, saying: "The indications are that a substantive amount of work is going to take place now, and it may take another two years to complete a report. In contrast to what we have been hearing up until now, there seems at last to be some recognition among the Conservatives that another Regulation 18** consultation is likely to be needed, which the Lib Dems have been pushing for."


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