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Grant to improve air quality announced

Words: Laura Edgar
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The government has awarded 28 English local authorities a share of £3 million to improve air quality.

The money released from the government’s Air Quality Grant is to support schemes that aid councils to develop and implement measures to benefit local communities.

Since it was launched in 1997, more than £57 million has been awarded in grants. This is in addition to the government’s £3.5 billion plan to improve air quality as well as the Clean Air Strategy, which was published earlier this year.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: “While we know air pollution has reduced significantly in recent decades, it is still the top environmental risk to health in the UK. Local authorities are best placed to introduce systems that work best for their areas, which is why we are working closely with them to ensure they have the appropriate funding and support.”

The authorities to receive a share of the grant include:

  • City of York Council – £240,000 for bus retrofits.
  • Colchester Borough Council – £249,100 for an engagement and awareness project through the transport network to promote air quality awareness and transport choices in schools.
  • Leicester City Council – £241,675 for the development of an air quality mapping tool to measure near real-time air quality data and inform the public through an app.
  • South Tyneside Council – £314,000 for research, engagement and measures targeted at reducing vehicle NO2.
  • St Edmundsbury Borough Council – £101,280 to move a pedestrian crossing to improve traffic flow in the location of an air pollution hotspot and a research project to understand behaviours and limits that affect air quality in the area.

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