TAMESIDE residents and businesses have the chance to help shape proposals to clean up dirty air at the roadside.
A number of events have been organised across the borough to help people get involved and have their say on the most serious environmental health issue facing Greater Manchester.
The Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan proposes a package of measures to significantly reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions from the most polluting road vehicles, which are linked to a range of serious health problems and reduced life expectancy.
A seven-week clean air conversation runs until Sunday, 30 June. More information is available at cleanairgm.com, where people can fill out a survey to give detailed feedback on the GM Clean Air Plan proposals.
Events organised by Tameside Council to engage residents include:
A drop-in event at Ashton Library in Tameside One on Tuesday, 4 June, from 10am to 3pm where residents can find out more about the proposals and survey.
Details will be shared at the East Neighbourhood Forum on Wednesday, 12 June, at 6.30pm; the West Neighbourhood Form on Thursday, 13 June, at 6.30pm and the North Neighbourhood Forum on Tuesday, June 25, at 6.30pm. Details will also be shared at the South Neighbourhood Forum on Monday, 1 July, at 6.30pm, with arrangements made to feedback comments received there after the conversation deadline.
The proposals will be discussed at Tameside and Glossop Partnership Engagement Network (PEN) on June 25, a multi-agency group that informs the public and creates a forum for opinions.(www.tameside.gov.uk/tamesideandglossopPEN)
Poor air quality is the largest environmental public health issue facing the UK, with air pollution estimated to contribute to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester each year.
The proposals to tackle it include:
An unprecedented £116 million upgrade programme to clean up the city-region’s bus, coach, minibus, HGV, taxi and van fleets over the next two to four years.
A clean air zone covering all 10 Greater Manchester council areas across 500 square miles, the largest proposed clean air zone outside London. The zone would mean that high-polluting, non-compliant HGVs, buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, vans, motorhomes, motorised horseboxes and minibuses – but not cars – would be subject to a daily penalty to travel in Greater Manchester.
Significant investment in 600 new public rapid electric vehicle charging points across the city-region – nearly trebling the size of the GMEV electric charging network.
They also include a request to the Government for a major package of funding to help clean up Greater Manchester’s air while supporting businesses to upgrade vehicles and sustaining economic growth.
Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhood services, Cllr Allison Gwynne, said: “Air pollution at the roadside is one of the biggest threats to our health so we need to ensure that our clean air plan proposals tackle air pollution from commercial road vehicles as soon as possible.
“We need to know how the proposals could affect residents and businesses, so I’d urge people to take part in the conversation. We’ve arranged these series of events to help people in Tameside find out more and get involved.”
Once the conversation responses have been used to further develop the Greater Clean Air Plan, a statutory public consultation will take place on detailed proposals.
A final business case for the GM Clean Air Plan would be developed by the end of 2019, following public consultation, and subject to further local authority approvals.