[cleanairuk_news] UK Government gives two million pounds to tackle air pollution in England

Network for Clean Air contact at cleanairuk.org
Wed Jan 2 16:36:22 GMT 2013


From: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2012/12/31/2-million-air-pollution/

UK Government gives two million pounds to tackle air pollution in England

Defra have awarded £2 million worth of air quality grants to 36 local
authorities across England. The grants, which have been awarded to those
authorities who have demonstrated innovative plans to tackle air pollution
in our towns and cities, will fund 42 projects all over the country.

In particular, funding has been provided to support the investigation of
Low Emission Zones, and to help create guidance and tools for local
authorities who want to decrease emissions. Money has also been given to
authorities who want to develop the way they communicate air quality
messages to their local communities.

Environment Minister Lord de Mauley said:

“Air quality has improved significantly in recent years; however, we need
to keep striving to improve the air we breathe. This £2 million air
quality grant will help local communities take matters into their own
hands. Without this money, many innovative projects would never see the
light of day.

“In previous years, similar grants have been used very creatively to
address air pollution. This is exactly the type of action that should be
encouraged and I’m looking forward to reviewing the success of the
projects this time next year.”

An emphasis was placed on projects that could secure additional funding
from other sources, so as to strengthen the project outcomes and ensure
cost-effectiveness.

The authorities who receive funding will need to provide Defra with a
progress report by Autumn 2013, so that the success of each project can be
monitored and to show how the money is being spent.

The air quality grant programme is now in its fifteenth year and so far
over £50 million in grants has been given to support local air quality
actions across England.

Notes

This grant scheme operates under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003.

The criteria for the grant period 2012/13 was similar to last year’s in
that it focused in the main on supporting projects which tackle nitrogen
dioxide emissions.

Below is a full list of the grants that have been issued in the first round.

Projects to be funded under the second-round funding stage are not
included in this list, as their projects are still to be assessed, but
will be reported on shortly.



Lead Authority


Project   description


Grant Award

Birmingham – joint bid (W   Midland)


Continuation of Low Emission   Strategies and Low Emission Zones
feasibility work in West Midlands


£150,000

Bradford MDC   2 (joint bid)


West Yorkshire LES/LEZ bid


£150,000

Cambridge City council


Fleet and Emissions   characterisation for City Council.


£60,000

Corporation of London  -1


Proposed CityAir App and taxi   emissions reduction scheme


£58,000

Exeter City Council


Low Emission Zone/Low Emission   Strategy feasibility study


£60,000

Herefordshire District Council


Modal Shift Park and cycle


£59,930

LB Borough Islington


Air Quality Campaign Days


£60,000

LB Camden


City Air: Rollout of CityAir   communication tools to support business
engagement on air quality


£20,000

LB Camden (joint bid)


Cleaner Air 4 Schools: Rollout   of Cleaner Air 4 Schools tools to support
engagement with schools on air   quality


£60,000

LB Croydon


Cleaner Air 4 Schools


£21,429

LB Ealing


Scenario Development for NO2   emissions reductions


£49,000

LB Hackney


Zero Emissions Network


£60,000

LB Haringey


Cleaner Air 4 Schools


£21,429

LB Hillingdon joint bid


Emissions modelling desk tool


£30,000

LB Islington


CityAir Rollout


£20,000

LB Southwark


Cleaner Air 4 Schools


£21,429

LB Sutton


Cleaner Air 4 Schools


£21,429

LB Tower Hamlet


Cleaner Air 4 Schools


£21,429

LB Wandsworth


CityAir Rollout


£20,000

LB Wandsworth


Emissions reduction analysis


£8,621

LB Westminster


Cleaner Air 4 Schools


£21,429

LB Westminster joint bid


CityAir Rollout


£20,000

Leicester City Council


Continuation of LEZ   feasibility to Business case stage


£60,000

Lewes Council


Modal shift through cycling   and LEZ parking


£46,000

Mid Devon DC – joint bid


Low Emission Strategies   Partnership bid


£150,000

Newcastle City Council


Travel reduction and awareness   raising campaign


£60,000

Northampton Borough Council


Support for LEZ feasibility   study


£65,000

Portsmouth City Council


Investigation of traffic   management strategies


£60,000

RB of Kensington & Chelsea


CityAir Rollout


£20,000

Sefton MBC


Ecostars fleet recognition   Scheme


£30,000

South Gloucestershire Council


Traffic Management


£17,000

St Albans DC


Freight Management Plan for St   Albans


£25,800

St Albans DC


Traffic emissions modelling


£50,500

Swale Council


Freight Management Plan


£17,000

Teignbridge Council


Investigation of bus emissions   strategy and Freight transfer Depot


£27,950

Warrington Council


Ecostars


£30,000

Waverley Council  -  2


LES Feasibility Study


£60,000

York City Council  -  1


Implementation of LES measures


£94,490

York City Council  – 2


Traffic simulation and modal   shift


£54,490






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