Tameside In The Spotlight
ORGANISATIONS and individuals have shared their environmental pledges following the first ever Tameside Green Summit.Now residents, businesses and groups are urged to join in and do their bit by making a pledge that will help save the planet.The green summit, organised by Tameside Council, saw businesses, public services and voluntary and community groups gather at Dukinfield Town Hall on 6 November. They heard presentations from leading experts, debated key topics and concluded by making environmental pledges for themselves and their organisations, which will have a positive impact on the environment and climate change.Chief Executive Steven Pleasant made the pledge that Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group will seek accreditation as a Carbon Literate Organisation, embedding corporate social responsibility and low carbon behaviour in staff and working practices.Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington and Executive Member for Neighbourhoods Councillor Allison Gwynne made pledges on energy and trees.They stated: “We will reduce the energy demand from heating, cooling, hot water and appliances across our corporate estate through better management and installation of appropriate retrofit measures.“We will continue our programme of tree planting in Tameside by planting 3,500 trees across our green spaces in 2018/19. We will continue our partnership with City of Trees and will encourage all new developments to include high quality tree planting.”There wasn’t a blank space on the pledge wall at the event with schools, businesses and public organisations all making commitments.Russell Scott Primary School headteacher Steve Marsland pledged to continue to empower and engage children to make green decisions for their own sustainable futures. And Laura O Flaherty, from St James’ Primary School in Hattersley, pledged to reduce the amount of energy wasted throughout the school and home by making sure lights and interactive whiteboards are switched off when classrooms are not in use and turning off all computers, laptops and monitors at the end of the day.Adrian Rooney, of Bardsley Construction, pledged to target less than 10% of waste from building projects to go to landfill and target a 10% reduction in carbon by the end of 2019.Jacob Hirst, of Tameside Youth Council, who spoke at the event with fellow member Emily Sykes, pledged to promote recycling to young people.A video created by Millbrook Primary and Nursery School was shown at the event and can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOvjfildv1o. The school also pledged to reduce their use of plastics and find suitable alternatives.Councillor Warrington said: “The consequences of not protecting the environment, cleaning up our air and living sustainably are grave and endanger our children and grandchildren’s futures.“I’m delighted with the response to the Tameside Green Summit and the amount of pledges made but we now need these to be fulfilled. And I’d like to see everyone in Tameside make an environmental pledge and play their part. Small but achievable changes in consumption and lifestyle, whether reducing, reusing or recycling, can add up to a massive impact if we all commit to them. By working together we can make a difference.”Pledges can be shared on social media by using the hashtag #tamesidegreensummit.
Pupils and teachers at Stalybridge’s Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School are helping raise awareness of the health dangers of keeping the engine running when parked up, which is a particular problem on the school run.They’ve joined Tameside Council in supporting Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) campaign to tackle some of the common myths about leaving vehicle engines ticking over.The youngsters held up signs saying “engine off when you stop” to drive home the message. The roadside signs will be placed around the borough.A recent study revealed that switching off the engine when at a standstill could help reduce air pollution during peak travel hours by as much as 30 percent.Harmful fumes pumped out don’t just affect people outside the vehicle – drivers and their passengers are exposed as well.One misconception is that it’s a waste of fuel to restart the engine. But leaving it running wastes more fuel – every two minutes ticking over is the fuel equivalent of driving a mile.The campaign also calls on people to walk or cycle where possible, use public transport, car share and to consider upgrading to a hybrid or electric vehicle when looking for a new car.The eco-friendly school is already an advocate for tackling air pollution after taking part in National Clean Air Day last summer.Pupils made a video about its causes and what families can do to protect themselves and the environment — and were named runners-up in a competition run by TfGM.Headteacher Alexandra Flood said: “Our school has done much to raise awareness of the dangers poor air quality can have on our health.“And we’ve asked children, parents and staff to pledge to take action to reduce air pollution. These changes can be as simple as switching off the car engine during the school drop off, walking to school and avoiding busy roads, or travelling by bus or train.”Tameside Council’s Public Health Annual Report, which can be read at www.tameside.gov.uk/publichealthreports, describes how air quality is a re-emerging 21st century public health threat. It aims to raise awareness of the risks of traffic-related air pollution and identify what individuals and organisations in Tameside can do to limit their contribution and exposure.Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “This is a tremendous initiative from Stalybridge’s Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School and it is something that we should encourage all schools across Tameside to do. Air pollution is a real health danger that affects us all – but we can all take simple actions to help reduce it.“Leaving your engine running is something we’ve all done but by not leaving it ticking over we’ll reduce harmful traffic fumes and improve air quality, particularly around school gates to protect children’s health.”Vehicle exhausts can produce harmful gases – and tiny particles of soot and other matter – that pollute the air and are linked to increases in asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease and cancer.It’s estimated that air pollution contributes to the premature deaths of up to 2,000 people in Greater Manchester each year.GM Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Air pollution is an invisible menace and one which our young people are particularly vulnerable to. That’s why I’m calling on those of us who make the school run to switch their engines off when parked near the school gates. It makes financial sense, environmental sense and good health sense to switch off.”Greater Manchester’s lead for environmental issues and climate change, Councillor Alex Ganotis, added: “Switching off engines at the school gates will not only help to protect our young people but lead to real improvements in air quality in our region.”The region has been in breach of its legal limits for nitrogen dioxide, one of the most harmful pollutants, every year since 2011.But air quality is improving as TfGM, local councils like Tameside and other partners are busy implementing the policies and measures in Greater Manchester’s Low Emission Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan.
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Stalybridge Celtic were massively unlucky not to chalk up an away victory at FC United in the Vanamara National League North after they conceded a goal in the last minute of the game.It was end to end stuff in the first thirty minutes with both sides having chances. Andy Bishop came closest for Celtic in the vearly period narrowly heading the wrong side of the post.Eventually Celtic made a breakthrough when Matty Hughes picked his spot and smashed the ball home from ten yards out. FC United equalised shortly afterwards with a deflected goal leaving the score 1-1 at half time.Celtic started the second half with pace and pegged FC united back in their#r half. It wasn't long before Celtic took the lead again through Wilkind#s who dribbled his way through three defenders before findind the net with a low hard shot. They nearly went 3-1 up when Dunbar lobbed the FC keeper only to see his shot bounce back off the woodwork.Stalybridge looked to be heading for victory until George Thomas scored from a well hit free Kick in the last minute of injury time for FC United. Three points would have been very useful in Celtic's relegation fight, despite being unlucky not to win they had to settle for a 2-2 draw
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