The idea of clean air in Manchester, more so here in Trafford is not a bad one and we are sure everyone is behind the plans.
For the Clean Air Zone to work it needs to make sure that everyone can afford the changes due to come into effect on 30 May 2021.
Despite the government giving £120m to help people cover the cost of the changes so vehicles are compliant its not been enough and the GMCA leaders have so far not had any reply from the government on there concerns, which we believe will delay the project.
More storm clouds are gathering for the plans to bring in a Clean Air Zone by a large section of the general public who many feel its an additional tax on them, one that is going to hit them harder due to the cost of living increasing.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham it seems has listened to the concerns and is taking on board what is being said on social media, with the majority not in favour of the idea and no replies from the government about increasing funding the Clean Air Zone here in Manchester we believe will be delayed or could even scrapped.
It is also unfair to be blaming the motorist for the pollution levels entirely since industry is our biggest polluter and of course wood burning stoves which should be banned with immediate effect.
In a statement issued today Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Councillor Andrew Western, the city-region’s Clean Air lead said:
“In March 2020, the Government instructed all ten Greater Manchester councils to introduce a charging Clean Air Zone to tackle harmful levels of air pollution and achieve compliance with legal standards by 2024 at the latest.
“We know this is a major challenge for many individuals and businesses which is why we have always been clear with Ministers that it must be accompanied by a fair package of financial support.
“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 on-going concerns about the vehicle supply chain and the cooperation of National Highways.“Over the past few months, Greater Manchester has continued to monitor these issues alongside the on-going impact of the pandemic and increases in the cost of living.
“In addition, late last year we commissioned new work to understand the impact of the growing global supply chain issues in the automotive sector which could affect the availability of some vehicles and people’s ability to upgrade.
“Greater Manchester leaders will consider the outcome of this work next week before asking the Clean Air Joint Committee to consider the implications for the Clean Air Plan later in the month. We are committed to reducing air pollution in Greater Manchester but also to protecting the jobs and livelihoods of our residents. We are listening carefully to concerns being expressed about the current situation and will make a decision shortly on our next steps.”