Solution to air pollution planned

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Details about how Bondholder Derby City Council plans to tackle air pollution in part of the city have been revealed.

Last month, the council decided to accept public opinion that dealing with excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from car emissions in Stafford Street would be best done through traffic management and rejected a need to introduce a charge for vehicles entering the city.

The council has been liaising with the Government since December 2015, after being informed that Derby was one of five local authority areas selected to take forward action to reduce roadside NO2 emissions, in the shortest possible time.

An earlier consultation in August and September resulted in almost 75% of the 2,500 respondents opting for a no charging solution, which was part of two of the three options available.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, cabinet member for leadership, regeneration and public protection, said: "From day one of taking control of the council, we have made it a very high priority to reduce pollution levels and improve air quality in the city.

"Since then, officers have worked incredibly hard to prepare options for consultation and to work towards a legally compliant package of measures.

"The council will consider all responses, which will help shape the air quality plan that will be submitted to Government at the end of the year, to ensure we get the best local solution and which also meets our legal requirements."

The council has already failed to meet the Government's September 15 deadline for a plan to combat the pollution and has now been given until November 30 to come up with a business case for its proposal.

The consultation is now open and closes at midnight on Wednesday, November 21. The best way to respond to this consultation is online where you will also find a number of supporting documents with more information. Paper copies are also available – to obtain a copy, email air.quality@derby.gov.uk

A public event has also been set up in the council chamber on Thursday, November 15, from 1pm to 7pm, and there will be a number of representatives available to answer any questions.