First of all, thanks to everyone who answered our survey about the future of EN4M, SNAG and TAG. The vast majority of you favoured a merging of the functions of the three groups, so from now on all the news and info that I used to post on this website will be posted on the EN4M website. I’ll leave this website up for now so that it serves as an archive of all the useful information that’s been posted on here of the last few years, but for recent news please go to www.en4m.org.uk. You can also register as a member on this site yourself and add your own news, events and volunteering opportunities, so make sure you visit and add content so that we can all keep in touch and continue to coordinate environmental and sustainability action in Manchester.
That’s all the news I have for now, but keep an eye on the EN4M website for further updates. Best wishes, Katie.
If so we’d be really grateful if you could complete a short survey to help direct the future work of the Environment Network for Manchester. It’s online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EN4M and we can also provide it in pdf format to print off, or we can send out hard copies.
The wards we are looking to gather information about are:
- Higher Blackley
- Miles Platting & Newton Heath
- Ancoats & Clayton
- Gorton North
- Gorton South
Any questions please ring 0161 273 1736 and ask to speak to one of the EN4M team. Many thanks for your help.
The next Environmental Advisory Panel will take place next Tuesday, 12th April. The agenda and papers are all available on the EAP page.
As you may have heard, the funding for Community Network for Manchester is soon to come to an end, and that also means that all of the networks and engagement functions that CN4M funds are also having to make difficult decisions about what lies ahead.
The Environment Network for Manchester, the Transport Action Group and the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Action Group have all been given a reduced amount of funding for this quarter (April to the end of June), and we need to use this funding to try and make the transition to a new set up (as CN4M will cease to exist). We would like to gather your opinions on what you think this structure should be.
March’s e-bulletin has just been sent out, to view it click here. If you’d like to subscribe, drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The budget, announced by the Chancellor George Osbourne yesterday, provides a mixed picture for the environment.
For example, the Green Investment Bank will be able to borrow money and raise capital rather than just be a finite fund – but not until 2015-16, and not until the government’s debt target is met. In addition to the £1bn already committed to its capitalisation, the chancellor confirmed an extra £2bn would be raised through public asset sales. Previously a range of an extra £1-2bn had been discussed. The bank will start operating in 2012-2013.
However, as was widely expected the planned rise in fuel duty was delayed until 2012, because of the impact of rising oil prices on business and individuals, Osborne said. He also cut petrol duty by 1p per litre. While it will be welcomed by most motorists, the move makes eco-friendly electric cars less attractive. The fuel duty escalator, planned to add 1p per year in future years on the price of fuel, was also cancelled.
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When the consultation on the future of the Public Forest Estate in England was halted on 17 February the Secretary of State Caroline Spelman announced her intention to establish an independent panel to advise her on forestry policy. More details have now been announced.
The panel, to be chaired by the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, brings together a wide range of interests and expertise covering the environmental, social and economic aspects of forestry. They will advise government on a new approach to forestry policy in England, including looking at how woodland cover can be increased and at options for enhancing public benefits from all woodlands and forests.