Funding secured for air quality improvement

Defra issue Press Release

Pollution

Defra have announced that Southampton City Council will receive £892,000 as part of an annual funding pot to tackle air quality locally.

The Air Quality Grant programme has awarded more than £52 million to a variety of projects since it started in 1997 and helps local authorities tackle air quality in their areas to reduce the impact on people’s health and create cleaner and healthier environments.

This year’s Air Quality Grant programme will focus on supporting schemes set up to tackle nitrogen dioxide levels.

Projects include a £253,880 scheme in Southampton and Eastleigh to support the uptake of low emission taxis and private hire vehicles, and a £99,000 scheme to fund environmentally friendly driver training on the council’s vehicle fleet.
The city is already one of five – including Nottingham, Birmingham, Derby and Leeds – to be designated as a Clean Air Zone as part of the government’s national air quality plan.

A further £539,120 from the grant fund will be awarded as part of joint funding with the other Clean Air Zone cities, and Greater Manchester, to help raise awareness of air quality as part of a National Clean Air Day. This will be delivered nationally by charity partner organisation Global Action Plan, Southampton will be amongst one of the lead cities and deliver local campaign events.