Decision details

Greater Manchester's Clean Air Plan - Tackling Nitrogen Dioxide Exceedances at the Roadside - Update

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To set out the progress made following the Government's response to the Outline Business Case, and the implications for the 10 GM local authorities in relation to the schedule of work and statutory consultation on the Clean Air Plan.

Decisions:

The Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing presented a report that set out the progress that had been made following the Government’s response to Greater Manchester’s Outline Business Case to tackle Nitrogen Dioxide Exceedances at the Roadside (OBC), and the implications for the 10 Greater Manchester (GM) local authorities in relation to the schedule of work and statutory consultation on the Clean Air Plan.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet;

 

1.    Note progress made to date;

2.    Note the ministerial direction under the Environment Act 1995 (Greater Manchester) Air Quality Direction 2019 which requires all ten of the Greater Manchester local authorities to implement a charging Clean Air Zone Class C across the region;

3.    Agree the need to continue to proceed towards developing the implementation and contract arrangements of a charging Clean Air Zone in Greater Manchester utilising the initial tranche of £36m of funding as required by the ministerial direction / feedback;

4.    Delegate authority to Director of Neighbourhoods in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing to determine the preparatory implementation and contract arrangements that need to be undertaken utilising the initial tranche of £36m of funding to deliver the CAZ and other GM CAP measures, as set out at paragraph 4.11;

5.    Note that the report to determine the timings for commencing the consultation will be received in the Spring of 2020;

6.    Note the outstanding need to secure a clear response from the Government on clean vehicles funding asks;

7.    Note that Highways England have not been directed to act in relation to tackling NO2 exceedances in the same way as the Greater Manchester local authorities, and that this will leave some publicly accessible areas of GM adjacent to trunk roads managed by Highways England, with NO2 exceedances that are not being addressed by the Highways England plan;

8.    Delegate authority to the Director of Neighbourhoods in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing to agree the final content and submission of the documents listed in Appendix One for formal submission to AQU and note their Publication status;

9.    Delegate authority to the Director of Neighbourhoods in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing to determine any further technical reports for formal submission to JAQU; and

10. Note that the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing will co-sign a letter from the GM Authorities to the Transport Secretary asking them to bring forward the launch of a statutory consultation to strengthen rules on vehicle idling.

 

Report author: Nicola Rogers

Publication date: 26/02/2020

Date of decision: 28/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 28/01/2020 - Cabinet

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