William Eichler 28 August 2018

City leaders call on PM to take action on air pollution

Leaders of the UK’s major cities have joined forces to urge Theresa May to take ‘tough and urgent’ action to deal with air pollution.

The 17 local and regional leaders, include mayor of London Sadiq Khan and metro mayors Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram, and Dan Jarvis, have written to the Prime Minister warning of the dangers posed by pollution.

‘Our country’s polluted air is shortening lives, damaging our children’s lungs, and severely impacting on the NHS as well as costing the economy in working days lost,’ they wrote.

‘Crucially, these consequences do not fall equally across our society but disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable.’

‘As city leaders we are committed to playing our part in an ambitious national plan for clean air that prioritises action to reduce road transport emissions, provides new powers to tackle other sources of pollution and creates a framework to support partnerships between local, regional and national Government and its agencies, including Highways England, and business,’ the letter continued.

‘This plan must ensure that local action is adequately supported by activity across Government to tackle air pollution.’

The letter is the result of the first-ever National Clean Air Summit in late June, which was jointly hosted by the mayor of London, the UK100 Cities network and progressive think tank IPPR.

Polly Billington, director of UK100, a 90-strong network of local and regional authorities committed to 100% clean energy by 2050, commented: ‘The best way to successfully combat air pollution is for leaders across the country to work together on solutions and learn from their own successes on the ground locally. But this must be supported by money and policies from national Government.

‘Bringing them all together to agree this important letter to the Prime Minister is our first step in coordinating local leaders to speak with one voice on this issue and get action at national level that will make a real difference.

‘A public health crisis needs strong consistent action, across the country. The local leaders know this is a shared responsibility with Government ministers and want to work together to tackle this.’

Skate parks are not the only fruit image

Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Travel Information Data Technician

Essex County Council
Up to £25581 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity to work across all aspects of the Integrated Passenger Transport Unit (IPTU). Working with a passionate and dedicated England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Planning Strategy & Implementation Manager

Essex County Council
£57621 - £61410 per annum
Planning Strategy & Implementation Manager Permanent, Full Time £57,621 to £61,410 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Accountant

Telford & Wrekin Council
£39,571 - £42,614
Are you a qualified Accountant looking to take the next step in your career? Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Family Assessment Worker

Telford & Wrekin Council
£25,419 to £27,514
We have a great opportunity for a full time Family Assessment Worker in the Parenting Assessment Team. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer

Telford & Wrekin Council
£23,023 - £24,920
The post holder will tackle environmental crimes and unlawful parking. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.