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Local authorities receive £3 million from Air Quality Grant
Local authorities receive £3 million from Air Quality Grant

Local authorities receive £3 million from Air Quality Grant

A number of local authorities are set to receive a share of in excess of £3 million worth of government funding through the Air Quality Grant.

The Air Quality Grant is designed to support projects that in turn help councils in the country implement measures beneficial to local communities.

This latest round of funding has been awarded across 28 projects designed to improve air quality throughout England.

Since its launch in 1997, the Air Quality Grant has awarded more than £57 million in funding to local authorities across the country.

Proposals that received funding including some that are important for the transport industry when attempting to reduce emissions.

For example, the City of York Council will receive £240,000 to carry out bus retrofits; for the London Borough of Hackney, almost £180,000 will help with the expansion of the zero emission network across the whole borough.

Elsewhere, Oxford City council are using their funding to put in place a city-wide communications programme that will support the achievement of zero emissions delivery freight.

The largest individual share of the latest Air Quality Grant funding was awarded to Westminster City Council, with almost half a million pounds awarded for the expansion of the Clean Air Village 1 project, which will seek to achieve a reduction in emissions from the delivery of goods and services to a number of London boroughs.

Jesse Norman is the government’s Transport Minister. He said that the funding from this grant will accelerate the introduction of greener environments.

He said: “It is very important that we continue to improve the quality of our air, and the government is working hard to deliver the emissions reductions the UK needs.

“Local schemes are an essential part of this process. The £57 million we’ve awarded under the Air Quality Grant will go to make communities greener and more vibrant places to live.”

The Grant scheme sits alongside important schemes such as the Clean Air Strategy, which sets out how to tackle air pollution.

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