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Southampton Clean Air Zone: consultation report published

Today (Monday 3 December 2018), Southampton City Council and New Forest District Council have published their Clean Air Zone consultation report.

Government have instructed both authorities to introduce a business plan that will ensure compliance with legal limits of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) within the shortest possible time. The consultation sought opinions on how this might be achieved, and identified a charging scheme as one possible solution.

The response to the Clean Air Zone consultation received 9,309 responses. It yielded a broad spectrum of responses, which have been categorised into 132 key topics.  Consultation responses are being assessed alongside extensive transport and air quality modelling work to inform each council's clean air plan.

Southampton City Council Councillor Steve Leggett Cabinet Member for Green City said: "The scale of the public reaction to the consultation confirms that people living, working and visiting Southampton share our commitment to improving the quality of air in the city.  The feedback provides us with a clear understanding of what people think is important - including the impact on public health, transport and the economy. Combined with further technical analysis, public feedback will play a key role in informing our plan."

New Forest District Council will submit its plan to Government by 31 December 2018 for approval. Prior to this their plan will be discussed at a meeting of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Panel on 13 December 2018, and then a decision will be taken at a meeting of their Cabinet on 18 December 2018.

Southampton City Council will submit its plan to Government by 31 January 2019 for approval. Prior to this the plan will be discussed at a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel on 16 January 2019, and then a decision will be taken at a special Cabinet meeting on 22 January 2019.  In order to provide maximum space for stakeholders and interested groups to attend, the Southampton City Council special Cabinet meeting will be held in the Southampton Guildhall, rather than the Council Chamber.

Southampton City Council and New Forest District Council continue to work closely together in advance of both Cabinet meetings.

Read the full consultation reportadobe icon Southampton clean air zone consultation report 2018 [1Mb]

 

 


Clean Air Zones are areas where targeted action is taken to improve air quality. They are being introduced nationally to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide.

Southampton City Council and New Forest District Council have been asked by Government to assess the need for a Clean Air Zone in Southampton and are working together to submit separate business plans to Government to improve air quality.

Clean Air Zone consultation

Over a period of 12 weeks Southampton City Council and New Forest District Council consulted the public and stakeholders on proposals for a Clean Air Zone. Thank you to all those that took part.

Consultation results

There were 9,309 responses to the consultation including responses to the questionnaire, letters, emails and social media comments. The consultation produced a broad spectrum of responses, which have been categorised into 132 key topics.  Consultation responses are being assessed alongside extensive transport and air quality modelling work, to inform each council's business case.

Transport and air quality modelling

As well as the consultation, Southampton City Council and New Forest District Council have commissioned extensive transport and air quality modelling work from independent consultants to inform a technical assessment that will be an integral part of each council's clean air business plan to Government.

Business plan

Southampton City Council will submit their business plan to Government by 31 January 2019 for approval. Prior to this the business plan will be discussed at a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel on 16 January 2019, and then a decision will be taken at a special Cabinet meeting on 22 January 2019. In order to provide maximum space for stakeholders and interested groups to attend, the special Cabinet meeting will be held in the Southampton Guildhall, rather than the council chamber

Updated: 3 Dec 2018
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