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Minister reviews authorities' joint working to improve air quality

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Therese Coffey visited Southampton on Friday to learn more about ambitious plans to enhance cleaner air. She met with leaders and cabinet members from Southampton City Council (SCC) and New Forest District Council (NFDC), to find out more about how the authorities plan to work together to ensure that emissions and air quality are tackled effectively on both sides of Southampton water.

Councillor Chris Hammond, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Living at SCC said: "We were pleased to share the work that we have done so far with the Minister and the partnership working that we are integrating into our clean air work. As well as our colleagues in the New Forest, we are working with a number of other authorities to find ways in which we can support ever improving air quality.

Next month we are officially launching our Clean Air Network which will be a forum for people right across Southampton, and surrounding areas where they can share ideas and some of the great work going on in the city. We are inviting schools, businesses, charities and local people to join. We recognise that we can't improve air quality on our own, and the actions of all individuals, businesses and organisations has an impact. Because of that the Clean Air Network is crucial so that we all work together to make the changes needed.

Reducing emissions and air pollution now will have lifelong, lasting health and wellbeing benefits for the population."

Councillor Barry Rickman, Leader of New Forest District Council, added, "This is important work for the area and I am pleased we are working together to find the most effective ways of improving air quality - for us and for future generations.  I would urge people to get involved in the Clean Air Network in any way they can."

Published: 18 Jan 2018
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