Issue - decisions

GM Clean Air Final Plan

29/07/2021 - GM Clean Air Final Plan

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability / Director of Neighbourhoods setting out the proposed Greater Manchester Final Clean Air Plan.  The proposed final GM Clean Air Plan set out final proposals for:

·         the boundary,

·         hours of operation,

·         management of the scheme,

·         discounts,

·         exemptions and daily charges of a Clean Air Zone;

·         the amount of supporting funds for each vehicle type;

·         other supporting measures.

 

It was stated that the proposed plan had been submitted following a review of the information gathered through the GM CAP consultation and wider data, including evidence and modelling work.

 

Alternatives considered

All 10 Greater Manchester local authorities are subject to a direction from Government to implement a category C Clean Air Charging Zone. The GM Clean Air Plan achieves compliance with the direction and no alternatives have been considered.

 

RESOLVED

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

2.    That the progress in the distribution of Bus Retrofit funding be noted.

3.    That it be noted the Ministers’ agreement to include the sections of the A628/A57 in Tameside which form part of the Strategic Road Network within the Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) and their request for Tameside MBC, TfGM and Highways England to establish the most appropriate solution for the charging mechanism to be applied on this section of the Strategic Road Network (SRN);

4.    That approval be given to the GM Clean Air Plan Policy, at Appendix 1 noting that the policy outlines the boundary, discounts, exemptions, daily charges of the Clean Air Zone as well as the financial support packages offered towards upgrading to a compliant vehicle, including the eligibility criteria to be applied.

5.    That the Equalities Impact Assessment, as set out at Appendix 2 be approved.

6.    That the AECOM Consultation Report, as set out at Appendix 3 be approved.

7.    That the proposed Response to the Consultation at Appendix 4 which has been prepared by TfGM on behalf of the ten GM local authorities be approved.

8.    That the Impacts of COVID-19 Report, as set out at Appendix 5 be approved.

9.    That the Modelling report of the final CAP package, as set out at Appendix 6, and in particular that the modelling outputs of the final plan scheme show the achievement of compliance with the legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide in the shortest possible time and by 2024 at the latest as required by the Ministerial Direction be approved.

10. That the economic implications of the CAP Report, as set out at Appendix 7 be approved.

11. That it be noted the update on the GM Minimum Licensing Standards, set out in section 3.1, and in particular that licensing conditions will not be used to support delivery of the GM Clean Air Plan;

12. That approval be given to a 6-week public consultation on the inclusion of motorhomes classified as MSP1 in the GM Clean Air Zone and on the inclusion of the A575 and A580 at Worsley commencing on 1 September 2021; including delegated authority to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Sustainability to approve the consultation materials.

13. That it be noted the GM Clean Air Charging Authorities Committee has the authority to make the Charging Scheme Order which establishes the GM Charging Scheme in line with the agreed GM Clean Air Plan Policy;

14. That it be noted the GM Charging Authorities Committee has the authority to vary the Charging Scheme Order if this is established as the most appropriate charging mechanism to be applied on sections of the A628/A57 part of the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in Tameside.

15. That it be noted that the Air Quality Administration Committee has the authority to agree the final form of the Operational Agreement for the Central Clean Air Service, and to authorise the making of the Agreement, on behalf of the ten GM local authorities.

16. That it be noted that the Air Quality Administration Committee has the authority to:

a.    Establish and distribute the funds set out in the agreed GM Clean Air Plan policy.

b.    Approve the assessment mechanism agreed with JAQU to ensure that Clean Air Funds can be adapted if necessary.

c.    Keep the use of the funds under review and to determine any changes in the amounts allocated to each and their use.

d.    Monitor and evaluate the joint local charging scheme.

17. That approval be given to the reallocation of funding from the Try Before You Buy scheme to provide additional electric vehicle charging points dedicated for use by taxis;

18. That delegated authority be given to the GM Charging Authorities Committee to determine the outcome of the consultation on both the inclusion of motorhomes classified as MSP1 within the scope of Clean Air Zone charges and on the inclusion in the GM Clean Air Zone of the A575 and A580 at Worsley following the conclusion of that consultation.

19. That approval be given to the Clean Air Zone ANPR and signage locations, as set out at Appendix 10.

20. That delegated authority be given to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Sustainability to approve the submission of the Interim Full Business Case if required; and that the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Sustainability, be delegated authority to approve the submission of the Full Business Case (FBC) to the Government's Joint Air Quality Unit to support the GM Clean Air Plan and any supplementary information to that Unit .

 

Reason for resolution

The Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan has been developed, in-line with the 2040 Transport Strategy principles and vision. It provides a long-term vision for transport provision in Greater Manchester, along with specific principles and targets for achieving that vision, to ensure that available resources are used to contribute to achieving the region’s strategic transport objectives.