Agenda item

GM Clean Air Plan Update

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Climate Change and

Sustainability/ Director of Neighbourhoods

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability / Director of Neighbourhoods seeking approval to enter into a collaboration agreement with the other 9 GM local authorities and GMCA/TfGM.

 

Alternatives considered

In July 2017 the Secretary of State issued a Direction under the Environment

Act 1995 requiring seven Greater Manchester local authorities to produce a feasibility study to identify the option which would deliver compliance with the requirement to meet legal limits for nitrogen dioxide in their areas.

 

Resolved

1.    That the progress of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan be noted.

2.    That the next steps for the development of the Clean Air Plan and Minimum Licensing Standards be noted.

3.    That the distribution of Bus Retrofit funding commenced in December 2020;

4.    That it be noted Government ministers have agreed to consider extending Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone charges to the sections of the A628/A57 which form part of the Strategic Road Network, within the proposed Manchester’s Clean Air Zone boundary, subject to the outcomes of an assessment, which is expected to be completed by early 2021.

5.    That it be noted the GM Clean Air Plan is required to take action to tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances until compliance with the legal limits has been demonstrated and that the nearer term influence of COVID-19 on air quality is not expected to lead to sufficiently long term reductions in pollution such that the exceedances of the legal limits of nitrogen dioxide will not occur without implementing a Clean Air Zone.

6.    That it be noted the GM Clean Air Plan final plan will be brought forward for decision makers as soon as is reasonably practicable and no later than summer 2021.

7.    That it be noted the outputs of the MLS will be reported alongside the GM Clean Air Plan as soon as is reasonably practicable and no later than summer 2021.

8.    That approval be given to the establishment of GM joint committees and to delegate to those committees the Authority’s functions as set out within paragraph 9.5 of the submitted report; and that the terms of reference contained within the submitted report be approved.

9.    That the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Sustainability be appointed as Rochdale BC Members to both committees for purposes as set out within the submitted report at paragraph 9.5 with and the specific terms of reference, as set out in Appendix 6.

10. That the Assistant to the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Sustainability be appointed as substitute for both committees for purposes as set out within the submitted report at paragraph 9.5 with specific terms of reference, as set out in Appendix 6.

11. That approval be given for Rochdale Borough Council to enter into a collaboration agreement with the other 9 GM local authorities and GMCA/TfGM to clarify amongst other matters the rights, responsibilities and obligations of the authorities in relation to those contracts set out in Appendix 2 of the submitted report, that are required to maintain delivery momentum in line with JAQU funding agreements.

12. That approval be given for a delegation to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Sustainability, and Assistant Director Legal Governance & Workforce to agree the final form of the collaboration agreement.

13. That approval be given for a delegation to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Sustainability, and Assistant Director Legal Governance & Workforce to award the contracts set out in Appendix 2 of the submitted report (subject to government funding) that are required to implement a charging Clean Air Zone in Spring 2022 to ensure the achievement of Nitrogen Dioxide compliance in the shortest possible time and by 2024 at the latest as required by the Ministerial Direction.

14. That approval be given for a delegation to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Sustainability to approve the submission of supplementary information to the Government's Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU).

 

Reason for resolution

Rochdale BC along with the other 9 Greater Manchester local authorities is subject to a Ministerial direction dated 16 March 2020 requiring the submission of an Interim Full Business Case (FBC) (along with confirmation that all public consultation activity has completed) as soon as possible and by no later than 30 October 2020.  Under this direction Rochdale BC along with the other 9 Greater Manchester local authorities is under a legal duty to ensure that the GM CAP Charging Clean Air Zone Class C with additional measures) is implemented so that NO2 compliance is achieved in the shortest possible time and by 2024 at the latest and that human exposure is reduced as quickly as possible.

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