Mark Whitehead 02 June 2023

Birmingham council launches air quality fund

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A funding scheme for cycle racks, school traffic exclusion plans and other measures has been launched to help improve air quality in Birmingham.

The Brum Breathes Fund will support schemes and projects that improve air quality and encourage active travel in each of its wards.

It has been launched on the second anniversary of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone and is funded by revenue generated from the scheme.

It will provide single-member council wards with up to £20,000 per year and two-member wards with up to £40,000 per year, each for the next two years.

Applications to the fund will have to meet criteria such as promoting the benefits of cleaner air, supporting active travel and public transport use, or encouraging a greater shift towards zero emissions travel or infrastructure.

Liz Clements, cabinet member for transport at Birmingham City Council, said: ‘We’re committed to helping our residents to achieve their full potential by improving the quality of the air they breathe.

‘The Brum Breathes Fund will provide support to local councillors and community groups to improve air quality in every corner of the city.

‘Through the fund, we’re looking to invest in projects such as cycle racks, school traffic exclusion plans, sustainable transport measures and a range of other great ideas for delivering the benefits of clean air to everyone.’

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