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LGA responds to new report on air pollution

LGA Environment spokesman Cllr Martin Tett says councils are playing a pivotal role in tackling air pollution.

Responding to a new report by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) about air quality across England, he said:

"Good air quality is vital for our health and quality of life as well as the environment. Councils are playing a pivotal role in tackling air pollution. These measures include encouraging the use of electric vehicles with recharging points, promoting cycling, managing borough-wide air pollution monitoring networks, pioneering the concept of low-emission zones, planning for new places in ways that improve air quality, and engaging with businesses to increase awareness and reduce their environmental impact.

"Councils should be able to switch their focus from simply monitoring air quality to also devising solutions to tackling poor air quality. This needs to be supported by government policy at a national level."

View related report and information: https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/drive-smoothly-to-reduce-harmful-effects-of-air-pollution-says-nice

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