The Environment Commission for Greater Manchester will have to wait a little longer for its first meeting as a full body. Six members of the 11 commissioner group have been appointed, and have already met once, but five others are still being sought.
The initial plan was that a recruitment consultancy would deliver five preferred candidates to the AGMA Executive for their meeting on March 27th. MCFly has been told this will now not happen. It is not clear whether the Environment Commission will press ahead with its planned Tuesday April 7th meeting, or what this delay (not the first to hit the body) will mean for Greater Manchester climate action by local government, or the pace of development of the Manchester Climate Change Agency.
The idea, as reported in MCFly 17, is that 11 “Environment Commissioners”- 6 elected politicians from various local authorities and 5 people from business/ construction/media/ voluntary sector/academia- will meet regularly and help co-ordinate activities.
The Environment Commission is one of 7 Greater Manchester-wide bodies being set up – the others are Economic Development, Employment and Skills, Health, Improvement and Efficiency, Planning and Housing, Transport and Public Protection.
The selection of non-local authority members for the Planning and Housing Commission is agenda item 6 on the AGMA executive meeting for March 27th. There will be “a report from the Head of AGMA Policy & Research Unit” presented. It is not clear if this to offer names for approval or whether it is merely ‘how the search for them should be conducted’.