PHILIP Glanville, the Labour & Co-operative Mayor of Hackney, called out and condemned Hackney Conservative climate change denial at a Council meeting this week.

Speaking to a report updating councillors on Hackney Councils progress to decarbonise the borough, Hackney Conservative councillor Harvey Odze claimed “there is no such thing as man made global warming” and called the World Health Organisation “a chinese puppet who exonerated the chinese from producing covid.”

Responding to the comments, Mayor Philip Glanville called the comments “absurd” and said: “it is an absolute disgrace that the only opposition is one that is so ineffective and out of touch with the residents of Hackney.”

Mayor Glanville speaking at Full Council on 21 July: ‘You cannot trust the Tories to tackle the climate emergency’

After the meeting, he added: “the climate change denial and conspiracy theories of the Hackney Conservatives is just evidence that you cannot trust the Tories to tackle the climate emergency. If you want to see a cleaner and greener future for Hackney, and if you believe in our mission to rebuild a greener borough, vote for a Labour administration that is making that happen.”

The report was tabled by Cllr Mete Coban, Cabinet Member for Energy and Waste who said: “We follow facts and science. We know tailpipe emissions outside schools are down 74% thanks to School Streets; we know 83% of people fined for breaching low traffic neighbourhoods are drivers from outside of Hackney.

“Our approach is about working with people ─ we launched our roadmap to net zero in conversation with young people because we want to work with them about their future.”

The report detailed some of Hackney Labour’s achievements in decarbonising the borough including:

  • Dedicating £2m to make the homes of residents on low incomes more energy efficient and reduce their energy bills, through the Council’s Green Homes programme .

  • Completing the first solar solar pilot projects at West Reservoir Water Sports Centre and London Field Lido.

  • Introduced fortnightly collections of residual waste to street level properties in March 2021. After a couple of months of implementation the overall borough recycling rate has already risen to 31%, helping to reduce emissions by recycling morefrom incineration

  • Upgrading 69% of street lighting to LED so far, completing the remaining 31% by 2023.

  • During 2020/21, 13% of the Council’s road registered fleet (66 vehicles) were fully electric. Based on total fuel consumed, of the remaining 87% of the fleet, 32% no longer run on fossil fuels – these now run on a renewable biofuel which is approx 92% CO2 efficient and up to 69% NOx efficient depending on the drive cycle.

  • Seven further sustainable drainage schemes have been implemented in 2020/21 with almost 1400m2 of highway de-paved. These help to mitigate against the risk of flooding.

  • Overall totals of 2,500 new street trees have been planted with 11,760 trees planted in parks and green spaces since 2019.

  • Approved a new Air Quality Action Plan, adopting Worth ld Health Organisation limits for particulate matter pollution.

  • 48 School Streets implemented (50 schools), helping over 18,000 children on their journey to school.

  • 15 new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods were introduced, creating a wider network of low traffic roads that serve as cycle quietways. About 17% of Hackney’s residents now live in new low traffic neighbourhoods. Consultation has been open on these schemes since they were introduced via Experimental Traffic Orders – attracting over 19,000 responses so far.

The Annual Update on Progress with Decarbonisation Commitments table by Cllr Mete Coban can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1T-pgFMKH7RKiAC268f0isArY17cY-66r

Cllr Harvey Odze’s comments can be heard at 02:26 here: https://youtu.be/htCbq1vj6ZY?t=8783

24 July 2021
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