No sign of the private sector cash that’s supposed to pour into the City Leap public-private partnership to decarbonise the city.
One new project is “an £11m programme of energy efficient upgrades for fuel poor homes”, funded by the Department for Energy for just 150 homes across WECA.
Another project will spend £890k on heat decarbonisation plans and designs for council buildings. Funded by the, er, taxpayer through the Department for Energy. The plan is then to grab more government grants to fund the work.
Despite the smalltime public money approach, local journalists breathlessly report that shadowy ‘council bosses’ have told them “City Leap would lead to a massive extra 180 megawatts of renewable energy generation in Bristol.”
Bristol City Council’s wind turbines and solar farm in Avonmouth currently generate about 4.3 megawatts so that’s a 42 fold increase then.
Full speed ahead with no one left behind in Bristol’s ‘just transition’ to Net Zero!
The council’s applied for a grant of £3.3m to install 200 on trend air source heat pumps in leafy Westbury-on-Trym. A subsidy of £16,500 per Tory household!
Why this pilot has to be run in one of the city’s wealthiest suburbs isn’t very well explained by Labour’s dim Climate Change head honcho Kye “The” Dudd or his increasingly unstable boss, the Reverend.
Instead Rees explained away his loopy heating subsidy to the wealthy by telling bored councillors he was “going to be at the US embassy tomorrow to speak about a just transition”. Guess that’s one way to keep us all warm next winter.
The Greens, potentially the largest party in Bristol after next year’s elections, were also getting wet in the pants at news of Net Zero handouts to the wealthy.
West Bristol’s ridiculous national Green Party leader, Carla “Posh Princess” Denyer gushed that the scheme was a “fabulous solution”.
Another set of council cuts appears. From 2025, Bristol City Council has announced that they will only pay travel expenses to staff if they have zero or ultra-low emission vehicles.
This means only some – generally the better off – staff who can afford newer, upmarket vehicles will be able to claim travel expenses. The others will either have to pay for their own fuel to do their job or take the bus.
The money saved is likely to be poured into council coffers to help fund the endless revolving door of useless interim directors and consultants; pointless trips to the US and any other passing fad that takes bosses’ fancy such as £100k designer balustrades for the new Beacon Centre.
You just better hope your council visitor isn’t one who has to get the bus or it could be a long wait and a short visit.