BREAKING: Manchester councils agree to refer the CAZ back to the Government

Greater Manchester councils have voted to refer the Clean Air Zone back to the government. 

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burham tweeted: ‘GM has tried in good faith to make the Government’s legal direction work. However, changes in the vehicle market mean it is impossible to proceed on the current basis without causing real hardship to some of our residents.

‘We remain committed to tackling illegal levels of air pollution in GM as soon as possible. This decision opens up the space for urgent, joint discussions with the Government about potential changes to make the scheme fair for everyone.

‘I am listening to people’s concerns and will always stand up for GM. I am not the final decision-maker but will do everything I can, working with Government, to get this to the right place.

‘I know it’s difficult but bear with us and I will keep you posted on progress.’

Set to be launched in May, the Clean Air Zone would be the largest scheme of its kind in the country will cover all ten boroughs and an area of around 493 miles.

The scheme has resulted in controversy, including a petition calling for a stop to the CAZ, which has attracted nearly 20,000 signatures, and a Facebook group called ‘Rethink the Clean Air Zone’ has more than 27,000 members.

Earlier this month, Mr. Burnham and Councillor Andrew Western, the city-regions Clean Air lead, described the CAZ as a ‘major challenge’ for individuals and businesses and said they had ‘always been clear’ with ministers about the need for a fair package of financial support.

They added: ‘While the Government has provided £120m, we are concerned that they have so far failed to agree to our request for additional support for those who will find it hardest to make the change.

“We also warned them of our ongoing concerns about the vehicle supply chain and the operation of National Highways.”




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2 years ago

120 million to upgrade 70,000 vehicles to be compliant – need at least 1 & half Billion

Yet they found 50 Million to purchase 170 buses for Stagecoach yesterday

2 years ago
Reply to  Kenny

12.5m from GMCA!!

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