Oxford council has accused the government of ignoring statistics about air pollution and called for local authorities to be given extra powers to tackle the growing problem. The local authority hit out last week, following its response to the government’s draft air quality action plan, and demanded a series of new measures be introduced, including a scrappage scheme to encourage drivers to take polluting vehicles off the road. The draft action plan was published by ministers after a legal battle with the campaigning group, Client Earth last month. Speaking to New Start, Oxford council’s executive board member for a clean and green Oxford, councillor John Tanner, said although they have reduced pollution in some parts of Oxford, it is still a problem in the city centre. In some areas of the city average nitrogen dioxide levels are still above the European Union target. But the government’s draft air quality action … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart