Following Executive approval, City of York Council will now invest £1.6 million in York’s new Clean Air Zone, the first voluntary Clean Air Zone in the country.
The Clean Air Zone in York, which is aimed at improving exhaust emissions from local bus services, is a key proposal in the Council’s efforts to tackle traffic pollution in York’s city centre, which can have a harmful impact on people’s health.
Unlike other parts of the country where a Clean Air Zone is a mandatory requirement, Liberal Democrat Councillors have worked hard to proactively introduce a new voluntary Clean Air Zone for York by 2020, based on evidence collected by the Council on air pollution in the city.
Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the Environment at City of York Council, said:
“I am pleased that the £1.6 million investment proposal in York’s Clean Air Zone has received Executive approval. The Liberal Democrats have been working hard to deliver a Clean Air Zone here in York and I am looking forward to building on the already undertaken to tackle air pollution in the city, such as introducing more electric buses on the Park & Ride network.”
“Once the Clean Air Zone is established, we can begin to target the buses which most frequently pass through the city centre and thus, have the greatest impact on reducing pollutants in the city.”
“I will continue to make the case, along with representatives from other councils, that there should be central government funding made available for all Clean Air Zones.”
For more information about the Clean Air Zone report, please visit: https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=10476.