Mark Whitehead 14 March 2019

Birmingham faces 'major public health crisis’, council warns

Birmingham faces major public health crisis’, council warns image

Birmingham City Council has been given the go-ahead to introduce a clean air zone to tackle what it has called a 'major public health crisis'.

The council submitted its plans to the Government last month after being told it must impose strict air quality limits as quickly as possible.

Dr Therese Coffey, parliamentary under-secretary of state for the environment, has now approved the proposals for a Class D charging Clean Air Zone and a package of additional measures.

The Government has also allocated £14.2m for signs, cameras and other infrastructure, and £38m from the clean air fund to support a package of measures to support businesses and individuals likely to be impacted.

The council is offering a range of exemptions to allow eligible businesses and individuals more time to switch to compliant vehicles.

Waseem Zaffar, the council's cabinet member for transport and environment, said: 'We clearly have a major public health crisis in our city, with people being exposed to illegal and unsafe levels of air pollution.

'The introduction of a clean air zone is the start of our fight back.

'I welcome this announcement from the Government, which gives approval to the plans we have put forward to bring air pollution levels down to legal limits.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Environmental Health/Environmental Protection Officer - Noise

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
£41,607.00 - £44,598.00
This post attracts an essential car user allowance. The post holder is able to take part in the Council's flexible working scheme. Tower Hamlets, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Tower Hamlets London Borough Council

Director of Financial Services (Deputy Section 151)

London Borough of Waltham Forest
£110,118 to £118,864
his is a great opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge that will lead to becoming a Section 151 Officer. Waltham Forest, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Waltham Forest

Director of Business Development

North Yorkshire County Council
50-60k + relocation allowance
We are looking for a dynamic and innovative person to help us deliver our ambitious new strategic objectives set out in... North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Strategic Service Manager - Bridgend Youth Justice Service

Bridgend County Borough Council
£44,863 - £45,859 per annum
An exciting opportunity has presented to lead Bridgend Youth Justice Service. Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)
Recuriter: Bridgend County Borough Council

Corporate Property Surveyor

Ashford Borough Council
£34,476 to £37,158 pa - plus Lease Car or Cash alternative of £2,080 pa
Ashford Borough Council has a long and proud record of driving high quality place making. Ashford, Kent
Recuriter: Ashford Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue