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3:06pm 16th February 2012

It is revealed a consultant hired to lead Cornwall Council's green agenda was paid 12.5 thousand pounds a month.

In April 2010, only the Chief Executive was earning more than Stephen Cirell.

He left four months after going full-time.

Cornwall Council released this statement:

"Stephen Cirell was brought in to manage the Green Cornwall programme and implement schemes which would have long lasting benefits for Cornwall’s environment and Cornish taxpayers.

The Green Cornwall programme, in terms of scope and ambition, was a national first, and its legacy is now bearing fruit with a number of large scale and high profile projects.

With no previous overarching approach on how the Council approached green issues, Stephen created a corporate approach to Green issues and raised the profile of the aims of Cornwall both nationally and internationally. In influencing national policy, Stephen successfully lobbied for the Council to have the right to reinvest locally the surplus made from selling the renewable energy it generated.

Significant projects that are now in place due to the foundations that Stephen laid with the Green Cornwall programme include the carbon management plan, the solar scheme on Council buildings that has saved the taxpayer £500,000 in energy bills, and a high profile lead role for Cornwall in the recently launched South West Marine Energy Park (a national first).

Stephen’s remuneration package, including the daily allowance, was negotiated with him as part of the terms and conditions of his employment. It is not typical of our standard agreements with consultants employed by Cornwall Council, but reflects his credentials at national level, as a leading specialist in climate change and experience as a special advisor to the government on the green agenda".

3:06pm 16th February 2012

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