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Funding for air quality improvements open to council bids

Words: Laura Edgar
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Local authorities are now able to bid for a share of the latest round of funding to improve air quality in England, the government has announced.

The £2 million will go towards a variety of projects.

Since it was established, the Air Quality Grant scheme has awarded £61 million to projects to create cleaner and healthier environments, including installing vehicle-charging points and improving cycling infrastructure.

Environment minister Rebecca Pow said: “Local authorities are in the best position to address the issues they face around their roads, and we are looking forward to receiving ideas for innovative schemes to reduce emissions and encourage cleaner, more active transport”.

George Freeman, minister for the future of transport, added that councils would be able to invest in new technologies as they look to make communities cleaner.

The Air Quality Grant forms part of the wider UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations, which includes a £3.5 billion investment into air quality and cleaner transport.

Applications for the grant for 2019/20 should be submitted by 7 November 2019.

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