A blog by Green Party Councillor Andrew Cooper about Kirklees Council and our activity to improve the local and global environment (and also anything that I fancy talking about)
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Scrap - Would you credit it!
Now Ronald Reagan is not one of my political idols but some rather good quotes are attributed to him one being this one,
"There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit."
Somehow or other this sprung to mind this week when I read in The Huddersfield Examiner that Kirklees Council will be considering establishing a Voluntary Code of Conduct for Scrap Dealers Now regular readers of this blog will remember I spent a morning going round scrapyards with the police and environmental services back in September and raised the issue with them about establishing such a code. Later we met along with the British Transport Police and knocked some ideas backwards and forwards and a produced a draft code which I suggested was put to Cllr Khan as Leader of the Council but also because he has an interest in the issue of scrap at a national level in his role at the Local Government Association. Of course we'll need Kirklees Cabinet approval to get it adopted and quite rightly we're looking at getting the code adopted more widely in Yorkshire and I think through the Local Government Association we could get replication of the idea at a national level. I guess it will be character forming for me to sit at the sidelines and watch the idea take off and be adopted more widely.
I am a Green Party Councillor on Kirklees Council and have been since May 1999. I was the Green Party Candidate for the General Election in the Huddersfield Parliamentary Constituency. I work in the energy efficiency/microgeneration sector and have done for the last 20 years or so.