Funding has been given to 36 local authorities for 42 projects in the UK to raise awareness about air pollution and provide support for the implementation of low emission zones (LEZs), writes Michael Holder
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced £2 million of grants to help local authorities tackle nitrogen dioxide air pollution in their regions.
Funding has been given to 36 local authorities for 42 projects across the UK to investigate the possible implementation of low emission zones (LEZs) and to raise awareness about air pollution in the community.
Pupils inspecting lichen to measure air pollution as part of the Cleaner Air 4 Schools scheme – Defra has awarded funding to several London council’s to roll out the scheme in local schools
Among the biggest recipients of funding were Birmingham city council, which was given £150,000 for the ‘continuation of emission strategies and low emission zones feasibility work in West Midlands’, and Mid Devon district council, which received £150,000 towards its low emissions strategies project.
Bradford metropolitan district council also received £150,000 towards low emissions strategies and zones in West Yorkshire.
St Albans district council, meanwhile, had two separate bids accepted – £50,000 towards traffic emissions modelling and £25,800 to help fund a freight management plan.