Contact: Candida Basilio, Democratic Services Officer

Telephone number 07895 213820


Date: 29 November 2023




A meeting of the

Climate Emergency Advisory Committee

will be held on Thursday, 7 December 2023 at 6.00 pm

This will be a virtual, online meeting.


The meeting will be live streamed, you can watch at this link:


Members of the Committee:





Hayleigh Gascoigne (Chair)



Eric De La Harpe (Vice-chair)



Sarah James

Robert Clegg

Sally Povolotsky



James Cox



Scott Houghton









Alternative formats of this publication are available on request.  These include large print, Braille, audio, email and easy read.  For this or any other special requirements (such as access facilities) please contact the officer named on this agenda.  Please give as much notice as possible before the meeting.


Vivien Williams,

Deputy Head of Legal (Governance)




Open to the Public including the Press



1.           Apologies for absence



To record apologies for absence and the attendance of substitute members.




2.           Declaration of interests



To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests, other registrable interests and non-registrable interests or any conflicts of interest in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting. 




3.           Urgent business and chair's announcements



To receive notification of any matters which the chair determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chair.




4.           Minutes of the last meeting

(Pages 4 - 9)


To review the minutes of the last meeting held on 27 March 2023. If agreed as a correct record, the chair will sign them as such.




5.           Public participation



To receive any questions or statements from members of the public that have registered to speak. 








6.           Update from Cabinet Member for Climate Action and the Environment



An update from Cabinet Member Councillor Bethia Thomas.




7.           Progress report on Leisure Centre Decarbonisation

(Pages 10 - 22)


An update report will be presented to the committee by the Leisure Facilities Team Leader, Ben Whaymand, for committee to note.




8.           Report on Progress with Retrofit Activities

(Pages 23 - 26)


CEAC members were previously asked to provide a steer on actions the councils should take to upscale the retrofitting of buildings in the district. This paper is coming to CEAC for information and provides an update on the activities taken by the councils.  Presented by Senior Climate Action Officer Jessie Fieth.




9.           Proposed Revisions to the Climate Action Fund

(Pages 27 - 37)


CEAC is asked to consider the outlined changes to the Vale Climate Action Fund (CAF) Policy and Guidance as set out in Appendix A and provide any advice to Cabinet on the proposed changes to the CAF Policy and Guidance. Presented by Senior Climate Action Officer Chloe Bunting.




10.       Task and Finish Groups update



A verbal update will be provided by the Climate and Biodiversity Team Leader, Dominic Lamb.




11.       Environment Act update



A verbal update will be provided by the Climate and Biodiversity Team Leader, Dominic Lamb




12.       Climate Score cards update



A verbal update will be provided by the Climate and Biodiversity Team Leader, Dominic Lamb




13.       Draft Climate Action Plan Q2 Performance report

(Pages 38 - 80)


The report is provided for information and for member’s questions.




14.       Future agenda items



For members to make suggestions for future agenda items.