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Public given chance to have say on plans to improve air quality in Salford

Salford’s environment chief has welcomed a decision to get feedback from the public before plans to improve air quality are put in place.

Councillor Gena Merrett has backed the decision, made on Friday 27 November by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), which will see a draft Air Quality Action Plan and Low Emission Strategy go to public consultation.

Twelve months ago Salford City Council passed a resolution to work with the GMCA to develop a region wide Air Quality Action Plan to improve the quality of the air we breathe and meet the wider aspirations to improve the economy.

Councillor Gena Merrett, Executive Lead for Housing and Environment at Salford City Council, said: “It is only fair that the public get to see the plans and have a say on what we are proposing.

“Air quality is something that affects everybody and causes illness and health issues across Greater Manchester.

“It’s important we act to reduce these cases and ensure that the region complies with limit values for Nitrogen Dioxide by 2020.”

Some of the actions in the plan are focussed around development control and planning, freight and heavy goods vehicles, buses and route management, cycling, choices of travel, private cars and improving information to residents.

Automatic monitors across Greater Manchester measure nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter.

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