Environment Minister Dan Rogerson has announced the local authorities to receive new funding from the Air Quality Grant Programme
More than thirty projects across England will benefit from a £1 million government fund to improve air quality, Environment Minister Dan Rogerson has announced today.
This money will be used for a wide range of new local projects in 28 local authority areas who have each been awarded between £10,000 and £60,000.
Environment Minister Dan Rogerson said:
Local authorities have come up with some great ideas for improving air quality across our towns and cities.
Air quality has improved significantly in recent decades and it’s vital we do everything we can to keep that going. Funding these projects is another important step and will help local authorities keep up their good work.
New projects to receive funding from the Air Quality Grant Programme include:
- £21,305 for a new scheme to encourage cycling in Chichester,
- £18,950 to fund the introduction of 20mph zones in Cambridge;
- £23,500 feasibility study for changing road layouts and HGV routes in North Hertfordshire.
Introduced in 1997, the Annual Air Quality Grant Programme has allocated over £50 million to support local authorities in monitoring and improving air quality.
The grant programme for 2013 to 2014 focussed on supporting projects set up to deal with high nitrogen dioxide levels normally associated with road transport.
Local authorities who receive grant funding will be required to provide a progress report by November next year and audit checks will be carried out to check how appropriately the money has been spent.
List of local authorities receiving funding in 2013 to 2014
|Blaby District Council||Investigating the impact of smoothing traffic flow using micro-simulation modelling||£60,000|
|Bradford Metropolitan District Council||AQ and Health Strategy||£46,000|
|Bradford Metropolitan District Council||LEZ assessment for Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield £14k||£14,000|
|Brighton and Hove City Council||Development of strategic action plan measures||£32,500|
|Bristol City Council||Health research, LES, electric bikes (Raising awareness, study into electric bicycles, LEZ support etc.)||£29,000|
|Cambridge City Council||20mph zone||£18,950|
|Chichester District Council||Behaviour change programme - cycling||£21,305|
|City of London||Community engagement for action||£29,000|
|City of London (joint bid)||Engagement through hospitals||£56,000|
|East Hertfordshire Council||Sustainable Travel Campaign with range of measures||£29,000|
|LB Camden||Behaviour change programme||£31,000|
|LB Ealing||Coordinated approach to Horn Lane, incl. PM monitoring and source apportionment and LES for PM & NOx.||£29,000|
|LB Islington||Solid fuel combustion from canal boats||£24,000|
|LB Islington||Behaviour change programme||£38,000|
|LB Merton||Businesses on industrial estate||£10,000|
|LB Tower Hamlets (and Islington)||VMS on Tower Bridge for anti-idling||£20,000|
|Leeds City Council||Hybrid taxis - including modelling||£38,000|
|Lewes District Council||Modal shift measures - mainly cycling||£29,000|
|North Hertfordshire District Council||Feasibility study for changing road layout and HGV route survey||£23,500|
|Reading Borough Council||Solid Fuel Combustion||£12,000|
|Reading Borough Council||Anti-idling campaign||£12,500|
|Royal Borough of Greenwich||Low Emission Vans||£15,000|
|Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea||Green infrastructure||£43,000|
|Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea||Targeting schools and businesses||£20,000|
|Sheffield||Communication programme prior to LEZ implementation||£46,000|
|Shropshire Council||Monitoring for UTMC system||£24,450|
|South Hams District Council||Modelling of Action Plan measures||£12,380|
|South Lakeland District Council||Behaviour change programme||£29,000|
|South Oxfordshire District Council||Oxfordshire Air Thoughts’ website and coordination||£29,000|
|Southampton||Developing an overarching LES, with strategies for taxis, buses, freight, health comms, planning.||£60,000|
|Wakefield Council||Modelling of Action Plan measures (Paramics)||£60,000|
|West Berkshire Council||Personalised Travel Planning||£38,000|
|Westminster City Council||Communication project with public health||£20,000|