We’re looking for people living, working and commuting in Leeds and the wider region to have their say on our proposals to reduce air pollution and protect the health of people in the city.
This public consultation is open from 2 January to 2 March 2018.
Why we need to reduce air pollution
We can’t always see it but air pollution has serious implications for our health. Evidence shows that spending time in areas with high levels of air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms, damage lung function and is linked with an estimated 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year.
Public responses to the consultation will shape the council’s final air quality proposal which will be presented to the government later in the year.
The final proposal will need to allow the city to comply with national air quality levels in the shortest possible timescale whilst considering the overall impact on Leeds—including financial impacts, inequality and the displacement of emissions to other areas.
What is Leeds City Council currently doing?
In order for Leeds to meet air quality standards in the shortest possible timescale Leeds City Council is doing its part to clean up the city’s air.
Among other actions, we are:
- Leading the way in transitioning our fleet of vehicles to ultra-low or zero emissions vehicles. Currently, Leeds City Council have more low emissions vehicles than any other local authority in England
- Investing in public transport and cycling infrastructure to make it easier to leave the car at home and use less polluting ways to travel
- Encouraging drivers to switch to ultra-low emissions vehicles by offering residents free parking for ULEVS in the city centre at council car parks and supporting the development of charge points across the city for electric vehicles
How does this consultation work?
This consultation asks businesses, both regionally and nationally, commuters and those living in the wider Leeds region to let us know their thoughts on our proposals for improving air quality in the city so that we can meet national air quality standards in the shortest possible timescale.
It is split into three parts:
Part 1: Proposal for a charging Clean Air Zone in Leeds
If Leeds is to meet air quality standards, it is likely that a charging Clean Air Zone will need to be introduced. According to government frameworks, this has to happen as soon as possible, with the end of 2019 being the absolute deadline.
Our proposed Clean Air Zone would charge buses, HGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles that fail to meet the latest emissions standards for entering the city.
In this section, we want to hear your views on how our proposed Clean Air Zone could affect you and whether some vehicles should receive a discounted charge.
Part 2: What else should Leeds City Council do to improve air quality?
On its own, a Clean Air Zone gets us very close but won’t be enough to comply with national air quality standards in the shortest possible timescale.
In this section, we want your views on additional proposals Leeds City Council could take to improve air quality in the city as soon as possible.
Part 3: What could you do to improve air quality?
A city-wide effort will be needed if Leeds is to clean up our air and comply with national emissions standards as soon as possible.
In this section, we would like to hear what you’re already doing and what further action you could take to reduce your own personal contribution to air pollution.
To complete this consultation questionnaire after the 2nd January, click the button below.
Complete the online surveyExternal link