- Nottingham's plan has now been given approval by government ministers; the first local authority to have its air quality plan approved. [22nd November 2018]
What we know so far
Nottingham City Council was one of the cities mandated by the Government to set up a Clean Air Zone to tackle high levels of air pollution. However after more research Nottingham Council has revealed its intention to not introduce a charging CAZ. The council has stated that current and planned measures, including the retrofitting of buses in the city, will be adequate to meet air quality targets.
Cllr Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment, said these existing measures would reduce air pollution to below the legal limit, without the need for a Clean Air charging Zone.
Cllr Longford said: “Results of air quality modelling showed these measures will have a significant effect in reducing emissions, bringing Nottingham into compliance by 2020. Although we considered a Class B Clean Air Zone – which would have affected HGVs, buses and taxis – the actions we’re taking will have a positive impact across the whole city, rather than just in one area.
“Our priority has always been the health of our citizens, rather than meeting government targets, and this hasn’t changed. Road vehicles are one of the largest contributors to air pollution, and it’s thanks to the council’s significant and sustained investment in green public transport, like the trams and low emission buses, that we are in a really strong position to be able to improve air quality.”
More information on Nottingham Council's clean air plans can be found here.