People living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit from a new project to improve air quality in the area.
Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council will share £208k funding as part of Government plans to tackle air pollution
Local campaigns to highlight the benefits of clean air, tackling anti-idling in vehicles and encouraging people to consider greener and active modes of travel are amongst the ideas being put forward.
Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council welcomed the funding.
“We know that air pollution, especially from vehicles on some of our most congested main roads can cause many health issues and it’s important we do what we can to improve air quality for everyone.
“This funding is very welcome and will not only allow us to run some practical campaigns with local communities, schools and businesses but will also allow us to explore other longer-term solutions to the issue. We’ll also be bringing together expertise from our own public health teams and highways department and will be working closely with district and borough councils.”
Councillor Randy Conteh, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “This funding will mean we can look at new ways of improving air quality in some of the most affected locations in the city such as outside schools and on key routes such as the A53 in Etruria. We’ll be working very closely with our neighbouring authorities on ways to bring about improvements.”
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:
“We have been clear that local leaders are best placed to develop innovative plans that rapidly meet the needs of their communities. This funding demonstrates the government’s commitment to support the local momentum needed and continue to improve our air now and for future generations.
“Improving air quality is about more than just tackling emissions from transport, so later this year we will publish a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy. This will set out how we will address all forms of air pollution, delivering cleaner air for the whole country.”
The £220m funding from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is part of a wider package worth more than £260 million to help improve air quality in some of the most polluted areas of the country.
Staffordshire areas included in the scheme include:
Kidsgrove Town Centre
Newcastle Town Centre, Maybank, Wolstanton, Porthill
Burton-on-Trent Town Centre
Wall Island to Alrewas
School areas being included:
Leek, Cellarhead, Cheadle and Wedges Mills
Further details on the scheme are available at www.gov.uk/government/news/260-million-of-clean-air-funding-launched-by-government