Liverpool secures clean air cash
The city council has been given an extra £652,000 by the Government to accelerate the delivery of its clean air plan, due to be delivered by the end of October.
The funding adds to a £1m pot already secured by the council, and will pay for transport and air quality monitoring and modelling, along with work to identify how the city can meet EU standards for nitrogen dioxide in the shortest possible time.
Liverpool City Council has pledged to be zero carbon by 2030 and launched a £230m Green City Deal bid late last month.
Work is also under way on a £45m connectivity strategy in the city centre with a focus on upgrading public realm and transport links to improve travelling around the city for pedestrians and cyclists.
Cabinet member for environment and climate change, Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins, said: “Our population is growing and that means higher levels of traffic which causes around 70 percent of air pollution across the city as a whole, with the worst air quality next to congested roads.
“The quality of air we breathe affects our health and wellbeing and we are all affected by it, particularly children and the elderly, and long-term exposure can contribute to heart disease, stroke and respiratory diseases like asthma.
“The city-wide clean air plan is a key piece of work to understand the challenges that we face and find ways to tackle the issue.”
The funding is set to be signed off at a cabinet meeting on 16 August.