Belot doesn't want residents to have black or white roofs

COUNCILLOR Adam Belot isn't one to discriminate, but he doesn't want to see black or white in Livingstone.

Cr Belot this week put forward a notice of motion to discourage home owners on the coast from using black or white colours on their roofs.

He said the motion was well received by his fellow councillors.

"What it means is that we will develop a policy that encourages people within the shire to consider environmentally and socially friendly colours; but how we do that hasn't been determined yet," he said.

"The benefit that can come from it is worth pursuing in terms of more efficient homes and less gas emissions."

Cr Belot said black roofs tend to attract more heat, while white roofs cause a reflection issue for neighbouring houses.

He stressed any policy would be centred on choice and would not force homeowners into a colour they did not want.

"This is not about demonising or beating up on people who have got black roofs. That is not the job of council," he said.

"But something is changing in people's choice of selections and I am just concerned that they are not considering that these houses will need more air-conditioning and energy to keep them cool."

A policy is expected to be in the works by mid-2016.



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