Decision details

Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan – Tackling Nitrogen Dioxide Exceedances at the Roadside – Update (AC&H1)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

The report provides an update on the ongoing work in Greater Manchester to reduce Nitrogen Dioxide emissions.

Decision:

The Cabinet has considered a report setting out the progress that has been made following the Government’s response to Greater Manchester’s Outline Business Case to tackle Nitrogen Dioxide Exceedances at the Roadside, and the implications for the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities in relation to the schedule of work and statutory consultation on the Clean Air Plan, and has:-

 

·         noted progress made to date;

·         noted 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;

·         agreed 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;

·         delegated authority to The Corporate Director of Place Management and Regeneration in consultation with the Cabinet Member Adult Care and Health and Director of Public Health 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;

·         noted that the report to determine the timings for commencing the consultation will be received in the Spring of 2020;

·         noted the outstanding need to secure a clear response from the Government on clean vehicles funding asks;

·         noted 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;

·         delegated authority to the Corporate Director of Place Management and Regeneration in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health and Director of Public Health to agree the final content and submission of the documents listed in Appendix One for formal submission to JAQU and note their Publication status; and

·         delegated authority to the Corporate Director of Place Management and Regeneration in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health and Director of Public Health to determine any further technical reports for formal submission to JAQU; and

·         noted that Cabinet Member Adult Care and Health 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.

Alternative options considered:

None.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Reason Key: Affects 2 or more wards;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Equality and/or Environmental Impact Assessment: undertaken at GM level

Decision Reference: CAB217

Declarations or conflicts of Interest: None.

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Adults, C&H AND E&R scrutiny committees. There was a public conversation in 2019 around this topic

Contact: Mark Glynn, Service Director, Place Management Email: mark.glynn@stockport.gov.uk Tel: 0161-474-3700, Sue Stevenson, Services to Place Email: sue.stevenson@stockport.gov.uk Tel: 0161-474-4351.

Report author: Patrick Boyd

Publication date: 05/02/2020

Date of decision: 04/02/2020

Decided at meeting: 04/02/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 12/02/2020

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