Councillors are set to agree proposals which would see Oldham Council become the first local authority in the country to become a ‘Green New Deal Council’. If agreed, the strategy would set out how it will aim to deliver two ambitious targets – the council becoming carbon neutral by 2025 followed by the whole borough by 2030 – boosting the aim to be the greenest borough in Greater Manchester. It will also outline how the Council would invest in the ‘green’ sector to develop the borough’s economy, in terms of employment, business and tourism, while building on the good work it has done over previous years. It’s estimated that the current low carbon business sector in Oldham is worth £338m and employs around 2,300 people. The report highlights how a package of measures, such as the creation of a green business district and increased support for ‘green’ sector companies already in Oldham, could help grow the sector. As part of the strategy, Council officials will look to cut emissions from all council buildings and street lights and other areas it can influence such as the fleet of vehicles, business travel, schools and waste.
Oldham Chronicle 16th March 2020 read more »