Local authorities win £1m to improve air quality

The Government has allocated a total of £1 million to local authorities across the nation in a bid to improve air quality. More than 30 projects have been chosen to […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Government has allocated a total of £1 million to local authorities across the nation in a bid to improve air quality.

More than 30 projects have been chosen to receive the fund, which includes £21,305 for a scheme to encourage cycling in Chichester and £23,500 for a study into changing road layouts and HGV routes in Northern Hertfordshire.

The funding is part of the ‘Air Quality Grant Programme’, which has allocated more than £50 million to support local authorities.

Environment Minister Dan Rogerson said: “Local authorities have come up with some great ideas for improving air quality across our towns and cities.

“Air quality has improved significantly in recent decades and it’s vital we do everything we can to keep that going. Funding these projects is another important step and will help local authorities keep up their good work.”

Those local authorities that receive the funding will be required to provide a progress report by next November and audit checks will be carried out to check how the money has been spent.

Last month the Government pledged £1.4 million of extra cash to reduce air pollution from public transport.