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East of England Liberal Democrats

Bid for Clean Air Zones in Essex rejected

February 13, 2019 8:19 AM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

clean airA plan to investigate clean air zones across Essex's urban centres was rejected. Essex County Council Liberal Democrats called for the Council to take a lead on undertaking full assessments for clean air zones to tackle air pollution.

The proposal was simply to spend £22,000 to develop a business plan for this but it was rejected by the Conservatives. The Lib Dem proposals also included charging heavily polluting vehicles.

Commented Lib Dem Leader Mike Mackrory, "Air pollution is a serious problem in Essex and the health of children and vulnerable people living close to these highly polluted areas is paramount."

The Lib Dems also called for the council to progress ideas for solar farms on council owned property.